“Going green” has been a movement for the last several years, and we all need to do our part to protect the environment. Companies can generate consumer and client goodwill by joining the movement, but it can be daunting to get started. Here are some simple ways to make your office “greener” and move toward a more sustainable office.
7 Small Office Changes to go Green
In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever to minimize your printing needs. However, most businesses need at least a few hard copies, and when the need to print strikes, you should be prepared with recycled materials to use.
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2.Choose Greener Cleaners
No matter who cleans the office, you should ensure that they are using biodegradable, eco-friendly cleaning products whenever possible. If you use a service for your janitorial needs, it doesn’t hurt to inquire about the products they use.
3. Get Energy Efficient Lighting—and Use Alternative Energy Sources
Switch out your light bulbs to more energy-efficient fluorescent models—the energy and utility bill savings can be tremendous, with very little difference, if any, in performance. If your utility company offers the option, it’s a great idea to switch over to a renewable resource for your energy needs—such as solar or wind power.
4. Provide Employees with Transit Passes or Preferred Parking
Nobody likes sitting in traffic, and the environmental impact of too many cars on the road is sobering to say the least. Consider a transit pass program to encourage your employees to use public transportation. If transit coverage is sparse in your area, consider setting up incentives for employees who carpool, such as preferred parking.
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5. Buy the Energy Efficient Electronics and Appliances
Electronics and appliances are getting greener and more energy-efficient all the time, but it can be difficult to open your company’s wallet and spring for energy-saving products when you already have functioning equipment. Think of it as a long-term investment, and make sure to check out government rebates for buying energy-efficient equipment. You should also start seeing savings in your electric bill!
6. Switch to Filtered Water and Re-usable Cups
Water coolers with plastic water bottles are so outdated—consider a water filtration system for the office instead. You’ll probably save money as well as the environment! Don’t forget to stock the office with reusable cups for employees. Ditching paper cups will save money for the company as well.
7. Recycle and Re-purpose
Whether it’s your scrap paper or that old laptop that just won’t turn on anymore, it’s important to recycle or re-purpose as much as you can. Normal recycling is easy, and there’s no excuse for not chucking your glass, paper, and plastic into the right bin.
Electronics recycling is an extremely important part of the “green” movement, but you’re going to need some help to make sure your old electronics are disposed of properly. Be sure to choose a reputable, certified IT asset disposition company to recycle or re-purpose your old equipment.
Why Go Green?
Aside from the “good press” that comes with going green, we simply need to face facts that in this day and age, sustainable practices are necessary to help preserve the planet for future generations. It is every business’s responsibility to contribute to the cause—and you might be surprised by the benefits that come with it.
At ICT, we’re concerned with minimizing environmental impact as much as possible, offering compliant electronics recycling.
We’d love to hear what steps your company has taken to “green” your office! Let us know in the comments below.
Author Bio: Ronnie is the Marketing Manager for ICT Asset Recovery. He loves swing dancing, wine, responsible recycling and adventuring around the world. A recent transplant from Texas, he’s been soaking in the Boston scene and diligently working with ICT to promote the message of responsible e-waste recycling.
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