How to Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly

How to Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly

There is so much news and information available to us that shows how bad of a shape the planet is in, from an environmental standpoint. It’s only going to become a better situation if everyone does his or her part to make a change.

If every office would make juts a couple slight changes to be a little more environmentally friendly it would help make a big impact. Here are some suggestions that don’t take a lot of effort.

Install a Recycling Station

Many people don’t recycle simply because they don’t think about it. Especially at the office when it comes time to throw something away you just toss it and don’t think twice.

What you can do is install a recycling station that has bins specifically for regular trash, plastic and paper. Just seeing this will cause people to pay more attention.

This is something you can do yourself if you have handyman skills or just find a contractor that can easily get it built out for you. Many facilities will even give you the recycle bins if you ask.

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Cut Back on Chemicals and Toxic Cleaning Products

Many offices use harsh chemicals for cleaning without even thinking about it. Those are then dumped and could possibly contaminate water supplies. If you hire your own cleaning company see if they will switch to natural products.

For instance, there are a lot of hemp oil products that are all natural and are 100% toxin free, and totally safe to use and be exposed to. Some office leases take care of the cleaning so just reach out to whomever coordinates that to discuss options.

Go Paperless (Printer)

Back in the day copy machines and printers used to print off reports and almost anything else that was sent via email. Now we have so many file sharing options and cloud storage that we don’t rely so much on physical copies.

If you still do, try to contain everything within cloud storage and share it via team collaboration tools like Slack or Trello. This one little change will not only help reduce the amount of paper you use (saving your business money), but it will also help you stay more organized.

When everything, from important documents to staff notices, are kept in one central place it helps keep everyone informed and on the same page.

Be Committed

It doesn’t matter if you are a small five person office or a large organization like the Melbourne Cup 2020 committee, all it takes is commitment and that starts from the top down.

If a business owner and the key executives and managers are onboard and really pump up the message and lead by example, then the entire organization will follow.

We are creatures of habit, so the longer you stay in this in the beginning, the greater the chance of it remaining a focus and soon it will be a natural happening and point of focus at your office.

We can all make a huge difference if we make just little slight changes in how our office operates daily.