Becoming eco-friendly often starts at home by saving energy and utilizing public recycling collections, but what else can we do to help our earth? By following the same practices at work, we can reduce our waste costs, energy usage and carbon footprint. Get everyone on board with a plan to become a little more eco-friendly at work.
Whether you are part of a business built for one, or a towering office block, becoming environmentally friendly can be simple and cost effective. Creating a greener workplace will reduce the company’s carbon footprint, save money and create a happy, healthy place for employees to go about their daily duties.
Here are some simple tips for improving your workplace environmental impact:
1. Use eco-friendly cleaning products.
It’s a myth that eco-friendly products will not offer the same clean as those that contain harsh chemicals. By purchasing natural cleaners you will be protecting the environment and creating a healthier work space. Make sure that any chemicals being used for pests control are also environmentally friendly. Contact your commercial cleaning agent for natural cleaning product information.
2. Stick to an energy saving plan.
Get the whole team on board with an energy saving plan. Simple steps like using power saving features on computers and keeping air-conditioning units on a neutral level will save money with the monthly electricity bill and reduce unnecessary energy waste. There could be small bonuses for reductions in energy usage to keep motivation levels up with staff.
3. Manage paper waste.
Reducing paper waste goes further than cutting down on printing; we can also find ways to reduce the use of disposable paper towels too. Installing a quality hand drying system is an effective way to achieve this goal. The Dyson Airblade hand Dryer has been proven to be the most effective, eco-friendly and hygienic dryer on the market. Although the Airblade requires a one off payment and energy usage, it will eradicate the need for ongoing paper towel stockage while reducing paper waste, rubbish and tree felling. You can also look into options such as hand wipes which can also help to reduce your reliance on hand towels.
4. Ban the paper and foam cups.
Encourage employees to use their own mug at work rather than supplying the endless number of foam and paper cups. This disposable drink-ware takes up vast amounts of rubbish space and has a negative effect on the earth.
5. Change your coffee beans.
Ever wondered where your coffee and tea comes from, and what its manufacturing process is like? Consider switching to a fair trade option; this will ensure your brew has been produced the correct way and most have eco-friendly packaging too.
6. Implement a thorough recycling plan.
A solid recycling plan should be a top priority in your workplace. Ensure that all paper waste is being effectively recycled by installing paper bins. Plastics should be disposed of in separate bins, as should cans. Ensure that any non-recyclable products such as light bulbs, mobile phones and old electrical equipment are disposed of correctly at an appropriate recycling plant.
Completing the above steps will cost very little time, effort and money to implement, all while making a sizable difference to the environment. Eco-friendly systems should be reviewed biannually to asses any needs for improvement and to ensure the procedures are being followed adequately. Pulling together as a team will definitely make the process a breeze and maybe even a little bit fun too. Good luck!