As most buisnesses now realize, it makes good business sense to reduce waste and use recosources more efficiently. Both large and small officdes can save money, improve morale by creating a healthier and more productive work environment, and appeal to green consumersm, all by “going green” themselves. Here are some ideas to minimize your impact on the Earth and maximize your impact in your business:
Lighting: Purchase compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 66 percent less energy than standard bulbs (this is one place where you save money: each CFL you buy will save you about $45 over the long life of the bulb, since they last 13 times as long as incandescent bulbs).
Electricity: Turn off computers and other office equipment when you leave your office. Set your computer or printer to “sleep” mode when not in use. By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch, your whole desktop setup can be turned off at once.
Travel: Minimize your business travel by taking advantage of telecommuniting tools, such as instant messaging, video conferencing, etc. If you work in a traditional office environment, arrange for bicycle storage and an on-site shower to make cycling or walking to work a better option. Encourage employees to take public transportation by offering stipends. And if you do drive, consider carpooling with a nearby associate.
Paper and printing: Paper and other paper supplies made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled content is often teh same price as regular paper, and you can buy bulk to save money. Be responsible and recycle old printer cartidges. Most large office supply sttores recycle toner cartridges for free, and buying recycled replacements tent to be cheaper than new ones.
Reusing or donating: Use shipping boxes for your outgoing mail, donate excess supplies to lcoal community nonprofits and school, and consider donating your computers, office furniture, and other equpiment when yuou update.
Daily Waste:Consider installing recycling bins and everyone’s desk for ease of use and setting up a recycling program with your building if one does not already exist.
Breakroom: Bring lunch to work in reusable contrainers, invest in fiar trade coffee, and eliminate disposable dishes and silverware (even if it means setting up a clean-up schedule). If you order out, consider doing a large order for several colleagues to reduce mulitple delivery tips.
Sharing: Arrange an office carpool or group bike commute and post friendly reminders for everyone nto to waste energy or resources, even simple ones like remembering to turn off the lights. Simple tasks can save energy and money all at once!
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