Being eco-friendly is trendy, which is actually a pretty good thing. Customers want their businesses to be environmentally conscious. When your office greens up, it can be a marketing tool and it can save you money on utilities. Here are some easy steps to take to be eco-friendly in your office without depriving your staff or customers of light, water or service.
Watch Your Electricity Use
Turn off all equipment at night unless it absolutely has to be left on. Take advantage of natural lighting by having windows and skylights. Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Turn off lights in rooms that aren’t being used. Be conscious about your electricity use.
Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Green cleaning products are readily available today. Switch to eco-friendly cleaners. They’re safer to use and better for the environment. Use reusable and washable cleaning supplies, too. Towels and mops that can be washed instead of thrown out.
Offer Options for Public Transportation or Telecommuting
Help employees find ways to reduce their fuel consumption by organizing car-pooling days or finding bicycles. If you can allow employees to telecommute, even occasionally, it will reduce your overall carbon footprint. Provide hybrid and electric vehicles if you have a fleet.
A paperless office might seem like a pipe dream, but you should try to cut down on printed material. Recycle print documents and make sure that your printer only uses FSC certified paper when printing your materials.
Eco-Friendly Food Choices
When providing coffee and tea, choose organic, free-trade products. If you’re having a lunch, support local vendors who support local farms. Cut down on meat intake and go with a large variety of salads, fruits and vegetables, which are not only eco-friendly (over meat) but healthier too.
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