Making the switch to becoming more environmentally friendly can start with the smallest and simplest changes. Here are some great ways that you can make your office more environmentally friendly:
The easiest way to start is with paper. Have containers throughout the office that employees have easy access to. Unless they are important documents that require shredding or other methods of disposal, toss old papers into the recycling bin. That way the paper can either be used for printing on again, writing down notes, and recycled once used up.
Any electronics that the company does not use anymore can also be recycled. Cardboard boxes are also excellent materials to throw in a separate recycling bin. You can even have a sealed compost container in the kitchen or staff room for food scraps. The more areas that have a container for recycling, the easier it will be for employees to use them.
Use Environmentally Friendly Products
Instead of purchasing commercial cleaners, see if there is an environmentally friendly alternative. There are also paper and stationery supplies that come from recycled materials.
Bring Plants Indoors
Certain indoor plants are known to increase the quality of air inside. Indoor plants like Peace Lilies, Spider Plants, English Ivies, and Chinese Evergreens are common household plants that not only filter the air, but they are also easy to maintain. These plants will absorb things found in the air like Benzene, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, and Trichloroethylene and distribute clean oxygen for you to breathe.
Install Energy Efficient Appliances
Work towards switching out office appliances with energy-efficient alternatives. You can start by changing out the lightbulbs to LED ones. LED lights are known to be 80 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs and will last a lot longer too. Change out the water heater and any other machines in the office with energy-efficient ones.
Use Reusable Containers
Instead of using disposable cups at the office for morning coffee, have either coffee cups for everyone or have the employees bring their own. Not only that, try having kitchenware available for staff to use at lunchtime instead of plastic cutlery and paper plates for environmentally friendly options. Encourage employees to bring their lunch in reusable containers over plastic bags.
Every change counts towards making the company more environmentally friendly. Encourage employees and keep the conversation going and contribute their own green ideas. Every change will continue to benefit not just the environment, but the company as well.