How to be More Eco-Friendly at Work
Going green shouldn’t stop at your front door. You can apply sustainability to almost every aspect of your life – including at work. It isn’t always glamorous or easy, but it also doesn’t have to be a big task either. We’ve got a few tips to make your workplace more environmentally friendly.
Reducing single-person car rides to the office is a great place to start. You can try walking or biking if you live close by and the weather is pleasant. Consider using public transport a few times a week or joining a carpool. Another way to reduce car-time is by working from home one day a week. Not only does telecommuting cut down on pollution but it also increases time availability.
Eliminate disposable items around the office like plastic water bottles, single-use coffee cups, paper plates, etc. The easiest way to get people to try a reusable bottle or mug is to simply stop buying the single-use stuff.
More and more offices are putting recycling programs in place. But if your office hasn’t made the leap yet, create your own recycling area. Label a few bins at our desk and take them home to recycle when they get full. Encourage your coworkers to do the same – sometimes it only takes a little encouragement to do the right thing.
Consider making the switch to sustainable and recycled office products. Not only are you helping to preserve trees and natural resources, you’re also supporting a business that values sustainability. If you’re worried about the price, on average, they only cost 5% more. It’s a small price to pay to cut down on waste and pollution.
Where possible, set your electronics on energy efficient settings (e.g. have your monitor shut off after 15 minutes of no use). And at the end of the day, shut down all unused electronic equipment. This includes lights, computers, printers, photocopiers, etc. Many electronics, even when turned off, may still suck up extra watts. Simply unplugging these items will save energy and money.
So put down the paper cup and add some of these sustainability practices to your professional routine today. By being environmentally conscious, you can make our planet a better place to live and work.