Green Steps to a Greener Workplace

Implementing go-green initiatives in the workplace takes dedication, hard work, and an enthusiastic attitude towards the environment. A greener workplace not only creates an eco-friendly environment but also inspires associates to work more productively and cautiously. Small and simple eco-friendly improvements can be made in the workplace to lay down a solid go-green foundation for the future. Here are some easy eco-friendly quick fixes that could be integrated into the workplace to encourage a greener office:

  • Recycle old or used office supplies, equipment, appliances, furniture, etc. rather than throwing them out
  • Turn off any lights that are not in use throughout the office or install motion sensors that automatically turn off lights when there is no movement
  • Encourage associates to use reusable kitchen supplies such as lunch bags, coffee mugs, non-disposable water bottles, utensils, etc. instead of using plastic or paper supplies
  • Try to avoid printing but when it is absolutely necessary print double-sided
  • If your company has to print, think about investing in purchasing recycled paper that uses eco-friendly and sustainable materials
  • Utilize power strips for all plug in electronics so that they can all be easily powered down at the end of the work day
  • Unplug any appliances once they have been powered down especially at night, on the weekends, and during holidays or vacations
  • When you know that you are going to be away from your computer for more than 15 minutes, switch your computer to sleep mode to conserve energy
  • Almost any kind of paper in the workplace can be recycled so place more than enough recycling bins in highly-visible locations for associates
  • Place live plants around the office to help absorb the pollution in the office and emit healthy oxygen back into the air
  • Purchase compact fluorescent light bulbs and replace them with any incandescent light bulbs being used around the office. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs
  • Replace cleaning supplies with eco-friendly cleaning supplies to help protect all of your associates from harmful chemicals

Going green isn’t a trend, it is a lifestyle that requires a strong passion for the environment. Incorporating at least one of these eco-friendly quick fixes into your office will help create a greener, healthier, and more productive workplace.

 

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