If you’re looking to be more environmentally conscious in the new year, this list is going to help kickstart your resolution to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
That said, before we get into the five ways you can be more environmentally friendly at work, we should consider how it is you’re getting to work - as this is perhaps one of the most significant aspects with regard to environmental impact.
After all, if you are cycling to work or walking to work you have already got a lot of credits in the bank… whereas, if you are driving a gas guzzling beast of a car, sat in the congested commute as so many others are, it means you’ve got some catching up to do.
You could always consider working from home, to reduce the need for transport, full stop.
1. Sustainable Packaging
If you’re a company that sends a lot of packages one of the best ways you can make a difference is to use sustainable packaging solutions as this will have a huge impact on the environment - if you switch to more environmentally friendly solutions. Whilst you might be a small company that doesn’t send all that many parcels, it might feel like a drop in the ocean, yet if every small company starts to adopt a more sustainable approach to packaging - these drops become pretty significant when viewed as a whole.
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The idea of reduce, reuse, recycle tends to mean a lot more than just throwing the paper cup in the paper bin. It’s more about a holistic paradigm shift toward a more mindful and sustainable approach. This can be anything from not asking for a plastic bag to carry your sub to the office, or having one plastic bottle you use over and over again - rather than keep using the disposable cups often supplied with water coolers.
3. Use Environmentally Friendly Products
On average, environmentally friendly office papers, such as a paper tends to cost around 5% more than the standard, though this is a small price to pay in your quest to be more environmentally friendly. You can start small with 100% recycled paper, for instance, and then expand into refillable ink cartridges (which can be much cheaper) and smaller touches like non-toxic highlighter pens.
4. Transport & Logistics
If you are involved in distributing products or having to transport items, then you will want to seriously consider how you do this - as this is the most significant area to look into with regard to reducing your carbon footprint. Many larger companies are opting for cleaner vehicles, for instance, McDonald’s lorries use biodiesel created from their old frying oil.
Perhaps, you might not have the same infrastructure as such a huge company, but you can ensure you work with companies that are more environmentally friendly - as many small operators are starting to focus on this as a competitive advantage.
5. Turn the Lights Off
Last, but not least, you need to keep the lights off. Yes, there are some security benefits to having lights on day and night - but this is a hugely wasteful use of energy and money.