In this day and age, going green is the socially responsible thing to do. Luckily being eco-friendly is not difficult, and there are a number of ways you can make your company's office operate in a way that benefits the environment. Use the following tips to help your office go green:
Focus on Recycling
Recycling is an easy and effective way to help the environment. Make a small investment in purchasing trash containers that are designated for materials that can be recycled in your office, such as paper or aluminum cans. But take it a step further and make sure that everything that can be recycled makes it to the recycling center-- arrange for one of your employees to break down cardboard boxes that your inventory comes in so they can be recycled. When computers or other electronics break and need to be replaced, recycle them instead of throwing them away. If your office complex does not have a contract with a company that picks up recyclable material, take it upon yourself to arrange for regular pick ups. Or talk with a place like Sunwest Metals Inc for more information.
Eliminate Phantom Power Usage
Many people think that when electronics are turned off they are not consuming power, but in actuality, most electronics pull power when they are not on if they are plugged into an outlet. This is often called phantom power, and it can waste a lot of electricity-- especially in an office with many computers and other electronics that are plugged into the wall. You can eliminate phantom power usage by plugging electronics into power strips that plug into the wall. At the end of the day a power strip can be switched off to prevent electronics from leaching power when not in use.
Between the online cloud and other software programs, it is easier than ever to stay connected with your employees. While some important documents may need to be printed, consider reducing the use of paper by creating digital documents that can be viewed on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. During meetings or presentations, make a slide show on your computer or post the meeting notes online instead of printing out information for each one of your employees.
Don't Make the Supply Closet Accessible to Everyone
When an office supply closet is accessible by all employees at any time, it is more likely that paper and other office supplies will be used at a higher rate. If you have your office manager require requests for supplies, there is a good chance that your employees will be more mindful about how many supplies they use which can help reduce unneeded waste.