Offices are pretty un-environmentally friendly places. Think about all the electricity being used and paper going to waste. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact it’s relatively easy to put some recycling practices to use in an office environment and lower your carbon footprint.
That’s what we’re going to look at here; our top recycling tips for the office.
Make your supplies last longer – If a pen has run out of ink, it’s run out of ink. Nothing you can do about it, right? Wrong. The way you use certain office supplies is going to alter their lifespan. For example, the ink in your printer may be saying its low, but this is probably not the case. They aren’t particularly accurate when it comes to reading how much ink is left, so it could be telling you to throw it away, when there’s in fact another week left in it!
Take your own lunch – Okay, okay – perhaps you don’t have time to make your dinner first thing in the morning. But you do have time to make it the night before, so no excuses.
Taking your own lunch in a reusable container means there’s a lot less wasted packaging going in the bin. Think about it – when you head out and buy your dinner from the shop there’s the drinks bottle, the sandwich wrapper, the crisp packet, and it all ends up in the bin!
Not to mention the fact that taking your own dinners is going to work out cheaper!
The commute – No, this isn’t strictly in the office, but it’s still a work related thing negatively impacting the environment. The commute’s usually a stressful thing, especially if you’re driving in. So make life easier on yourself and the environment and try alternative ways to travel to work. Could you walk it? Is it possible to ride a bike in?
If not, is there public transport you can use? And at the very least, why not carpool it with other people you work with. Less people on the road means less fuels used.
Cut out the paper use – In a busy office environment, there’s always sheets paper flying out of a printer, or changing hands. But does it have to be that way? We live in a technological age where, really, paper isn’t a complete necessity. It obviously has its uses, but don’t you agree that most offices could probably cut there usage in half simply by emailing important documents, presentations, and excel sheets?
Make sure that you recycle the paper that you do use too. It really does have a positive impact.
So there you have it – four really simple ways to be a more environmentally friendly worker and office. It isn’t that hard to do, see?