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Create an Eco-Friendly Office

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Jessica

How to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly

You've probably noticed that people are more interested in the environment than ever before, and plenty of individuals are bringing these concerns into the business world. Some people say that it's not possible to live an eco-friendly lifestyle at work, but chances are, they have not even given it a try. This lifestyle is actually possible in a number of different ways.  Reducing the cost of overhead is a major bonus.  Of course, you will also be doing the environment a favor.

Let's explore some of the different things you can do around your office:

Recycling Bins

Chances are, if you do not have recycling bins set up in the office, people are not going to go out of their way to find one. Therefore, you should put recycling bins in the kitchen area and in the office itself. When you see people who are not using them or about to put their recyclables into the trash can, remind them that an appropriate container exists not too far away. 

Light Timers

No need exists for every single light to be on all night. Furthermore, lights do not need to stay on in places where employees sit for only a short amount of time. For example, the lights in the break room can certainly be turned off after a certain amount of time of inactivity. Instead of wasting all of that power, be sure to set the timer for an appropriate amount of time. 

Relax with The Power

Yes, people do not want to be terribly uncomfortable at work, but you also do not need to get out of control with the air conditioner and the heat either. If it is nice enough outside that the windows can be open, let the fresh air do the job. Of course, in the event that you are not going to be turning the heat on as much, be sure to let employees know to bring a light sweater with them to work from now on. 

Paper Waste

One major problem associated with offices is the amount of paper they use on a regular basis. Encourage employees to print double-sided copies, and make sure that email is the selected method of communication as frequently as possible. You should also ask employees to try to limit the number of copies they make, and be sure they are not printing out materials that have absolutely nothing to do with work.

What can YOU do?

All of the items above are great starts to a eco-conscious lifestyle at work.  What other things can you do beyond these basics? Let us know in the comments! 

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