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How to Create a More Sustainable Workplace

We are all aware of the environmental issues that our planet faces due to overconsumption and a lack of recycling. But what about your workplace? How can you make it more sustainable? There are many simple ways to reduce waste in the office, starting with one person at a time. 

 

It’s worth noting that even small changes can have a big impact on reducing your carbon footprint and saving money for your company. A waste-free workplace is possible. It could save you and your company money, help the environment, and make you feel good about the work that you do.

 

Use telephone or videoconferencing

 

In addition to saving money and reducing your company’s carbon footprint, using teleconferencing instead of traveling can save you time by enabling you to do multiple tasks at once while in the meeting. Teleconferencing systems allow you to see everyone on screen, share documents and images, and record audio or video remotely.

 

It also allows you to have fewer attendees per call than traditional face-to-face meetings, and be productive while traveling so that there are no extended gaps between conversations or waiting around for others who have been delayed by traffic or flight delays. Get feedback immediately after a presentation ends instead of waiting until later.

 

Turn off the lights

 

One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of energy your company uses is by encouraging employees to shut off lights when leaving rooms. This can be done on a small scale by turning off lights in rooms that are not being used, or on a larger scale by turning off lights throughout an entire floor of an office building at night. 

 

If everyone turns out all the lights when they leave a room, then there is less need for air conditioning during hot summer months; this will result in lower utility bills for your employer!

 

Turn off equipment

If you work in an office, one of the easiest things you can do to help save energy is to turn off all of the equipment at lunchtime or when the office is closed. This includes computers and printers, but also lights and monitors that are not being used. Turning off equipment when they are not in use will save electricity as well as money on your utility bill every month.

 

Unplug electronic devices

If an electronic device is plugged in, it’s still using electricity, even if it’s turned off. Unplugging these devices when they’re not in use will save money on your electricity bill and prevent fires from overheating wires.

 

Buy recycled

Buy recycled office supplies, including paper, pencils, pens, paper clips and inks and toners. Recycled office supplies are made from recovered or used materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Because they’re made with recycled materials, they’re better for the environment than the standard brand-new stuff. Plus, they’re usually cheaper than their new counterparts too!

 

Use reusable water bottles instead of buying bottled water at work. It’s easy to forget how much money you’re spending on plastic water bottles every week when you bring them into the office—but it’s hard to miss when it comes time for your yearly budget review. 

 

Using reusable containers will help keep your company from spending extra cash on unnecessary packaging and transportation costs associated with these disposable goods—and it’ll look great on your report card too!

 

Use an energy-efficient printer.

 

If you’re looking to make your office more sustainable and less wasteful, buying a printer that is energy-efficient is an important step. After all, the average office worker prints at least 3,000 pages per year. Luckily, there are a few ways you can cut down on your carbon footprint when it comes to printers:

 

Buy an energy-efficient printer with a high-duty cycle – A duty cycle refers to how long a machine can run without needing to cool down or recharge its battery. The higher the duty cycle of a machine (on average, 25% to 50%), the less often it needs recharging or cooling time.

 

Final Thoughts

 

We hope this article has inspired you to think more carefully about the environmental impact of your office. The good news is that there are lots of ways to reduce waste at work, from recycling paper to turning off computers and lights when they’re not being used. Learn more about sustainable buildings.

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