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In the workplace, the bottom line often overshadows â€śgreen thinking.â€ť If selling products and managing accounts takes priority above saving paper and reducing energy in your company, nowâ€™s the time to take action. Before you leave your own green home in the city and cross the threshold of that high-rise office building, think about what you can do to promote a more sustainable workplace.
Here are five tips to equip you in the battle:
1. Become a green materials maven.
Workplaces are often waste-producing machines. Encourage your office to purchase eco-friendly supplies or supplies made from made from recycled materials. Also set up a recycle bin for your co-workers to toss old papers into. Here are some other things you can do:
- Use coffee mugs instead of paper or Styrofoam.
- Use refillable pens rather than disposable pens.
- Use recycled paper for everything from toilet paper to paper for printing.
- Use natural cleaning products.
- Print double-sided.
- Support and buy the products from vendors and suppliers who engage in eco-friendly practices.
2. Pack it green.
Packing materials for products can produce a lot of waste. Use recycled materials, like old newspapers, for packing, or purchase biodegradable packing peanuts or eco-friendly soft foam.
3. Zap the energy.
With computers running, phones ringing, copiers and fax machines buzzing, and lights illuminating every desk, your office has a major reliance on the energy grid. While this energy is necessary to keep business moving as usual, encourage your office to take steps to reduce its impact.
- Look for an energy supplier producing green energy in your area.
- Put automatic timers or sensor lights in your bathroom, conference rooms or spaces that are not occupied the majority of the day.
- Set up work spaces so they can take advantage of as much natural light as possible.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs.
- Switch off computers, photocopiers and other equipment when they are not being used.
- Buy office equipment with the best energy ratings.
- If you are a small or home-based office, learn how to produce your own energy. VisitÂ Cheetah Power for more information.
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