4 Tips for Creating a Greener Office
Going green isn’t just good for the Earth — it can also be good for business. A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a more productive place to work and a healthier bottom line. Our four tips below will make sure that your office works hard for both your business and the environment.
- Power Down to Save Up — Keeping computers, printers and photocopiers powered on constantly consumes excess energy and drives up your electricity bill. In fact, office equipment alone typically accounts for more than 20% of the energy used in most offices. You can save energy and lighten your costs by turning off all computers, printers, photocopiers and other equipment that doesn’t need to be left on at the end of the day. Also, check that all your computers and monitors are set to their most energy efficient settings and remember to switch off your light when you leave your office.
- Travel Wise — Traveling to and from meetings increases your carbon footprint and easily drains your productivity. When it makes sense, set up conference calls or virtual meetings so that you can save time commuting and instead check more things off your to-do list. For daily commutes to and from work, encourage eco-friendly transportation by setting up carpools or publicizing incentives for public transportation use. If possible, you can even allow your employees to telecommute part-time — even if only occasionally — which will help to cut office costs, lighten your office’s ecological footprint and improve employee morale.
- Recycle and Reuse — Everyone knows the importance of recycling, but sometimes, convenience trumps consciousness. Make sure recycling bins are located prominently around the office, and post signs letting employees know what can — and can’t — be recycled. In the kitchen, set up separate bins for plastic, aluminum and food waste, and take stock of what disposable items in your office could be replaced with reusable versions. For instance, if you use disposable dishware in the kitchen, consider replacing it with dishware that can be washed and reused. Likewise, if your company frequently ships packages, save boxes and packing materials from incoming parcels to use in your shipments.
Rethink Your Office Supplies — Start by ensuring that your supplies come from sustainable sources. For instance, Boise Paper is manufactured in the United States and its production process adheres to some of the highest standards in forestry and manufacturing in the world. In fact, choosing to use sustainable wood-based products like Boise office paper actually helps keep forests healthy and thriving. The foresters managing these privately owned woodlands plant different types of trees and select which ones to cut and which to let grow — thus preserving the ecosystem and encouraging continual growth. Boise also manufactures a complete line recycled paper options. Boise® Aspen® Multi-Use Recycled Paper is offered in 30 percent, 50 percent and 100 percent recycled options, ensuring there’s a fit for all your office paper needs. Beyond paper, consider switching to refillable ink cartridges and office supplies made from eco-friendly and recyclable materials. Also, make the switch to non-toxic cleaning supplies, which can be just as effective for keeping your office sparkling.