How to make your office eco-friendly
If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’re probably aware of the environmental and health benefits that office plants and effective interior landscaping offer.
Thanks to a neat process called photosynthesis, your office will be more oxygenated and, in turn, offset some of the carbon emissions in your workplace with the inclusion of just a small amount of flora.
But plants are only one piece of the eco-friendly puzzle – there are a number of things you can do to make your office’s carbon footprint minute. Let’s take a look at your options, shall we?
1. Never waste away
Around 177 million tonnes of waste is generated in England alone, according to government statistics, and at least a tiny portion of that is coming from your business.
Just think of the amount of paper you needlessly chuck, printer cartridges laid to waste and snack wrappers thrown in the bin. Add it all up and you’ve got a load of waste that could be put to good use.
Many local councils now enforce recycling programmes for businesses, but you can go one step further by using your initiative. Those printer cartridges? Just refill them. That paper with a printout on one side? Write on the back before you chuck it for recycling.
Do all this and you’ll save cash and reduce your carbon footprint.
2. Stay energy efficient
Energy is the number one outgoing for any business, only narrowly pipping staff wages to the post. And it’s hardly surprising – so many offices have a nasty habit of keeping computers on overnight, lights still flickering in an empty office and heating still burning in the sweltering summer.
Pointless, when you think about it. Make sure you’ve got an energy efficiency plan, simply by using common sense. Turn everything off before you leave your office and make sure your heating is at a low temperature for those warm months.
3. Make your employees eco-savvy
It’s no good having a well thought out eco-plan if none of your staff are willing to hop on the bandwagon with you. You’ll always get some cynical people who don’t see the point in recycling energy efficiency.
So, motivate your employees and get everyone to join in. And, what will you get at the end of all this? A workforce communicating with each other to do their bit, higher profits and good PR for being a clean and green company.