Evolving your office to become an environmentally friendly space is as important as ever. Even the smallest change can create the biggest difference, so take a look at our top 6 tips for creating a greener workplace.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We’ve all been taught this saying, but how can these rules be implemented into office spaces in a practical way?
First, start off with introducing separate recycling bins for paper, plastic, glass, and food waste. You can even go the extra step and add recycling bins for ink cartridges or batteries too.
Next, think about what you can reduce the use of. Can your office go paperless and opt for digital documents and receipts? Can you reduce the use of plastic by gifting your employees with reusable and durable water bottles rather than single-use plastic bottles?
Additionally, repurposing old items can also massively reduce waste. For instance, plastic food containers can sometimes be repurposed as lunch boxes. This can prolong the life of the container before eventually being recycled.
Use green cleaning products
Partnering with suppliers who share the same values as you is important to developing your green business credentials. Using green cleaning products often means eliminating the chances of releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. Eco-cleaning products are also more likely to come in recyclable packaging, rather than plastic. So, you can improve your green office by using either recycled or refillable packaging.
Create a green travel plan
Encouraging your team to take greener modes of transport helps greatly reduce the carbon footprint of the office.
Bike to work schemes encourage those who live locally to move their bodies in the morning before work, without contributing to carbon emissions. Public transport is also an effective method of getting to work to limit one's carbon footprint. Try implementing public transport commuter benefits such as paid monthly passes to incentivise people to choose the tram, train or bus over their car.
Unplug every night
Phantom power is real, and you should be scared of it. So much energy is wasted when devices are plugged in but are not actively being used. At the end of your working day, ensure you not only shut down your computers but unplug them and other devices to seriously cut down on wasted energy and bills.
Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs
LEDs are the most energy-efficient bulbs as they use the least energy, can last much longer than standard bulbs, and do not result in the high levels of landfill associated with incandescent bulbs.
Be open to remote working
Lastly, having staff WFH can see huge benefits for creating a greener office. It’s an all-rounder for several reasons. Fewer people are travelling to the office, reducing the burning of fossil fuels. Fewer office appliances are being used, reducing energy usage, and fewer people are creating food waste. If your staff are able to work from their homes, this is definitely a sure-fire way of seeing environmental benefits for your office.
We are currently on our own journey to becoming a greener office and have already implemented some of these tips into our own practices. If you found any of these tips useful, you can read more of our blogs, here.