Many individuals are becoming more environmentally conscious, and this ethos is now extending into businesses. We all need to do our bit, and there are plenty of ways to make your office more ‘green’.
Of course, this does take some dedication, but it’s worth it for the positive impact it has on the planet.
Here are some of the things we discovered and put into action:
Small switch to energy-saving bulbs
Now, this is a super-easy way to go green in your office and is something that is quickly done with no big expense.
Switching to greener lighting options not only helps save the environment, it also saves you money. Modern bulbs can use up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and last 10 times longer, which means you are spending less on electricity. LED’s are even more energy-efficient, lasting up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Change your utilities provider
Most people shop for their electricity based on how cheap it is, but they don’t consider the impact the company has on the environment. Switching to a green energy provider can admittedly sometimes cost a little more, but the positive impact you are having is worth it,
Ecotricity is a good choice for businesses, and they supply electricity and gas from renewable sources, including a green gas solution that runs on grass. Smart meters are also a great way to track your energy usage in real-time and can help give more insight into what you are using and what you can cut down on.
Recycle as much as possible
Businesses create more recycling waste than individuals and make up for a large proportion of waste ending up in landfills that could be recycled. However, businesses must pay for recycling services, and so some are less likely to recycle at all as a result.
There are many services you can sign up for that offer to collect your recycling for a small cost, but which can help you be more environmentally friendly.
The TerraCycle schemes are great, as they collect waste that isn’t otherwise widely recycled. Plus, you ca.
Items you can recycle include:
- Crisp packets, snack wrappers and biscuit wrappers
- Beach plastic
- Bread bags
- Cigarette waste
- Various packaging
- Disposable gloves
- Writing instruments
Switch to eco-friendly products
This is quite a broad point and applies to everything you may buy-in for your business. Things to consider when switching are cleaning products, pantry items, bathroom products and even stationery.
There are many places around that offer refills on commonly used items including hand soap, and washing up liquid.
You can switch your milk to glass bottles, which are easily sent back and reused by the company that provides your milk. Helping to eliminate waste, and encouraging reuse of products. Something else to consider is switching your toilet roll to a more eco-friendly option from Who Gives A Crap. The company makes their toilet roll from either recycled paper or bamboo and provide a completely plastic-free product which is a massive bonus.