As concerns over global warming increase and people are becoming more environmentally aware, many organisations are introducing greener policies and procedures into their offices as part of their corporate social responsibility remit.
HBOS, Co-operative Financial Services and the National Magazine Company are amongst the organisations that have gone green and all featured in last years top 10 of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards.
Going green doesn’t have to involve spending more money and in the majority of cases companies will actually save some cash.
With this in mind, here are some simple steps to a greener office:
Ensure that all electrical equipment and appliances are switched off overnight and at weekends. This includes computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers…
Use recycled paper.
Do you really need to print that? Try and avoid unessary printing.
Use misprints as rough paper around the office.
Buy an office plant – a green plant will produce more oxygen for the office.
Use window blinds to keep you cool in the summer and reduce the need for air coniditioning
Have separate recycling bins for paper, bottles and cans.
Encourage employees to car share or, even better, promote a cycle to work scheme. UK Government figures show that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are a result of road transport.
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