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Creating an environmental friendly office

Updated: Oct 28, 2023

What's your ideal working environment? Going green may seem to be the latest trend and green offices create a more mindful environment. In a world aiming for sustainability, going green means staying competitive. It also has advantages like saving money, improved workplace, healthier work environment and improved company image.

Actually, changing a few everyday office habits and adjusting how you use products can reduce a company's CO2 footprint and be good for employee’s wellbeing. Here are some suggestions to help you on your way, from quick-fixes to long-term solutions:

First, go online and go paperless. In the past two decades, the need for paper and printers in the workplace has rapidly decreased because of the invention of cloud storage services. People get used to making the requirement announcements, sending emails, and switching to the cloud.

Inspire your employees to avoid printing documents when possible and cut down on how often you take printouts. Choose a multifunction printer rather than separate machines for different functions that you are able to print, copy, scan, and fax. Be sure the printer you purchase has duplexing and energy-saving features and try to use recycled paper and save paper by printing on both sides of a sheet of paper whenever possible.

Second, no matter in the washroom or pantry, always use cloth towels or hand dryers instead of paper towels. Encourage staff to use mugs, glasses, dishes, and cutlery rather than disposables. Reusable silverware is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to cut down on plastic and paper waste during catered company lunches. In addition to the usual forks, knives, and spoons, it’s also helpful to have a set of reusable serving utensils on hand, rather than relying on the disposable utensils provided by the catering company.

Third, keep the shades open during daylight hours to save energy. Cut your environment and financial losses by opening the blinds and letting the natural daylight pour into your workplace. The World Green Building Council reports that employees working near sunlit windows have a 15% higher production rate. Actually, natural light sets the body's circadian rhythms, which control awakening, falling asleep, synthesizing vitamin D and digestion.

Fourth, place plants in your office. Plants naturally filter toxins from the rooms that they grow in and help freshen up the place. Office plants can also provide inspiration when you are out of ideas or stuck on the same one for a little too long. Also, bright colors and vibrant smells are key to making sure your leafy buddy has a positive impact on your creativity. It’s been widely recognized that stimulating our senses can open up the flow of ideas and taking the time to literally smell the flowers can help pull you out of your slump.

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