How To Be More Eco-Friendly In Your Office

When you run a business, it is important that you also think about the environment. There are many ways you can actually help the environment and lower your office carbon footprint. These tips are easy to do and make a big impact.

Use Less Paper in the Office

To start with, you can start being more environmentally-conscious in the workplace by using less paper all around. There are many ways to reduce your paper usage, starting with reducing how often you use the fax machine. Allow people to send you documents via email, as this greatly reduces paper that is printed through the fax machine. If it applies to your type of business, allow customers to receive statements and invoices through their email or other digital means instead of printing them and mailing them out. Not only do you save on paper, but it is often more convenient for them. Also think twice before you print documents, making a decision about whether or not printing it is really necessary.

Start an Office Recycling Program

Encourage recycling in the office by making sure you have recycling bins next to every trash can in the building. Have recycling bins for paper items, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Employees can easily put their paper trash into the paper bin instead of throwing it away. They can also recycle water bottles, soda cans, and glass bottles they have used and need to throw away. They are often more inclined to recycle when the bins are easily accessible. Also start a rule where you will no longer provide paper coffee cups, and require employees to bring in their own glass coffee cups. Also require them to bring in their own water cups that are reusable.

Keep Equipment Turned Off and Unplugged

If you have electronic equipment or devices in your office that aren't used consistently, keep them turned off and unplug them. This will help you to save energy, which reduces your carbon footprint and saves you money on your energy bills at the same time. For example, you might have a large copy machine that only gets used maybe once a day. You can leave it unplugged when it isn't in use, then easily plug it back in when you need to make some copies. At the end of the day, make sure all appliances are turned off. Connect computers and printers to surge protectors so that all you need to turn them all off is press a button.