Your workplace does not need to be Kermit-colored in order to be green. Even if you are not your own boss, with a little effort and creativity, there are tons of ways you can make your office earth friendly. Here are a few tips to help you get on the green track:
Don’t Toss, Recycle!
Recycling can go beyond the marked bin for plastic and paper. You can take the initiative to recycle toner cartridges, too. Does your place of work use a lot of manuals and electronic devices? Used books, computers and phones can all be donated instead of thrown away.
Use Air Instead of Peanuts
This tip has nothing to do with your choice of vegan snacks for the day! Some jobs require packing and shipping, which regularly leads to a high amount of wasted materials. To be green, avoid packing peanuts and secure your packages with a more eco-friendly method. Bags filled with air and boxes that are perfectly sized to fit the item are excellent ways to cut back on packaging.
When it comes to paper mailing lists and conferences, opt for the virtual method. Many modern mailing lists give you an email-only option to cut back on paper. Web conferencing and video chat is also commonly used to save time, money and most importantly energy. By volunteering to use virtual services, you are being green and an asset to your company!
Mind Your Transport
One of the easiest and most sociable ways to be earth friendly is by commuting to work via bicycle or carpool. You could even offer to telecommute to work for a certain amount of days each week, which can be a total win-win.
You can also keep it green with common sense methods like growing plants in the office, turning off appliances when not in use, bringing reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones and utilizing LED bulbs. If you do not have an earth friendly office yet, you soon can! The tips shared here are simple and there are many other methods. Start implementing changes gradually, and before you know it, your colleagues just might follow suit.