Created on: 6th May 2019
We all try to recycle and contribute to saving the planet at home, but do we do the same at work? Here are some top tips to guide you in the office.
Not only is running an eco-friendly business a brilliant way of showing your customers that you really do care about the environment, but it will also make you and your employees proud of your efforts. Plus, being eco-efficient could also help to save you lots of money too, so it really is a win-win for everyone!
Here are a few top tips to help you be more eco-friendly when it comes to office design and fit-out, working procedures and office equipment.
Bring in as much natural daylight to the office as possible to reduce the use of artificial lighting during the day and summer months. At the same time, look to replace your traditional incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or LED panels as these have a lower wattage and help to save energy.
Reducing road pollution on your commute
Make use of the bike to work scheme and encourage your members of staff to cycle into the office. Also, you might also want to consider implementing a car pool scheme for staff and offering free parking if people go for the idea. Many people would be happy to car share if they were offered the chance to.
Bring in a centralised waste system for the office and get rid of individual bins so that people don’t find it so easy to just chuck stuff away. This will certainly help to encourage recycling and reduce waste. Also, why not try a paperless office environment for a few months - encourage people to use electronic documents instead, or online storage, instead of printing off everything and using old-fashioned filing methods.
If you’re refurbishing the office, make sure those who come to do the painting and decorating use eco-friendly paint like the ones on offer from Earthborn or Little Greene. All of these paints are free from oils, acrylics, and vinyl – so you’ll notice that there are no nasty smells or fumes emitted.
Go PC Free
Consider giving your workers laptops instead of desktop PCs, if this would be suitable for their work. Most modern laptops actually use a lot less energy so you’ll be doing your bit for the environment – as well as making it easier for people if they want to work from home or whilst on the road.
A green roof
If you are really wanting to make an eco-statement then install a green roof on the top of your building. Having lots of plants and vegetation can help to keep your office cool during the summer and will serve as insulation during the winter, so you can save money on energy bills. Bring the plants inside as well to help purify the air and give your team members positive motivation.
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