Ideas for an Eco-friendly Office
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Stella Ryne
27 days ago
Contributor
Written by
Stella Ryne
27 days ago

Protecting our environment, going green and preserving nature is what will eventually save us. But doing this shouldn’t just be a one-time thing, it should become a way of life. 

That’s why we should strive to incorporate eco-friendly habits in every aspect of our lives – including our work environment. 

Going green in an office shouldn’t be a difficult feat. Moreover, offices are ideal places to start your eco-friendly journey. They offer ideal opportunities in more ways than one – from a financial standpoint green office saves money and also provides a great and healthy working environment.

If you want to find out what you can do to make your office an environmentally friendly place, check out these couple of ideas.

Office equipment and supplies

Most of the equipment and supplies in the office leave a huge carbon print on the environment. That’s why we should do everything in our power to make that impact positive. 

Office equipment such as computers, printers, air conditioners can all be customized in order to make your office green. 

Replace and update computers and computer equipment – this way you’ll make sure that your computers are working perfectly and are saving energy. When replacing computers, donate your old computers and equipment, or at least recycle them. 

When you’re not using computers make sure they are completely shut down and not on standby mode. 

When it comes to printers, getting a printer that has many different functions is the best solution. This way, you avoid having a bunch of different machines such as copy and fax machines, scanners that use up a lot of power. A multifunction printer can do all of this without wasting much energy.

Use recycled paper, and also try not to use it much. If you can, print on both sides of a sheet of paper – by doing this you are saving paper from being wasted. 

When it comes to printers and printing, you can start using remanufactured ink cartridges. These kinds of cartridges save metal, plastic, and oil which is wasted in the manufacturing process and are also a lot cheaper than the new ones. 

 Additionally, you can start using reusable pens in your office. Reusable pens use refills and are much cheaper than ordinary ones.   

Office lighting

The general recommendation is to use as much natural light as possible, however, in many cases, this is not possible. Some offices don’t have enough natural light. But there is a solution for this too. 

Change existing bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent ones as they consume less energy. Also, try to turn off lights in the rooms and offices which aren’t in use. If this is something that you find impossible to do, then consider installing motion sensors. 

Motion-activated light switches turn the light on when someone passes in front of them, and if there is no motion in the room, they turn the lights off. This is a great way to save energy and you won’t have to rely on anyone to turn off the lights.

Saving power

Did you know that office equipment that is on standby (still plugged into the socket even though it isn’t working) is responsible for the major consumption of electrical power? 

You can resolve this problem by simply unplugging every machine that is no longer in use. This way you will help save the environment and save the power waste. 

Another big reason for the unnecessary waste of power includes the machines and tech that don’t work properly. 

Take, for example, kitchen appliances from your office kitchen. Appliances such as fridge, dishwasher or cooker can all cause serious waste of power if they don’t work properly or if they are broken. Having these appliances serviced or fixed on time is very important. 

Thankfully, finding replacements for Fisher and Paykel parts, or any other appliance brand is fairly easy these days. By getting your appliances back up and running perfectly again you can impede serious power waste, and thus you care about your environment.   

General ideas for going green in an office

Offices are well known for their use of paper and plastic dishes and glasses. To avoid and reduce the use of paper and plastic, encourage your employees to use mugs, glasses and actual dishes and cutlery instead of disposable ones.  

Having plants in your office is great for air purification, they increase the focus and improve the energy by reducing stress, they are also very decorative.

Additionally, cleaning your office with products that are based on natural ingredients can help in your quest for eco-friendly solutions. Green cleaning products won’t damage the environment.

 

Going green in your office is not difficult at all. Start by implementing small changes such as purchasing air-purifying plants and then work your way towards making your office 100% eco-friendly.

 

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