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How To Make Your Office Green

Recycling and doing your bit at home is one thing, but with the environment fighting a continuous battle, it is time to start adding some green into the 9 to 5 routine.

You may not realise it, but there are opportunities to help make your office green all around you. From lightbulbs to cardboard to leaving your computer on standby, these simple solutions will help brush your carbon footprint from off the office carpet.

Before we start, it is important to note that you can’t change the world in a day. Start small and do your bit; the whole of the sum is greater than the individual.

With so many ways to make your office green, where do you start?

1. Go Online

The average office worker wastes 45 pieces of paper a day, so making the switch to online is a simple and effective way to save the trees. Emailing and digital advertising instead of letters and leaflets is simple, cheaper and a more effective method of advertising: win-win.

2. Cardboard

Packaging is used by some of the biggest companies in the world. (You’ve heard of Amazon, I’m guessing?) So, by backing a company that believes in forest management, like Fast Pak Packaging does, you can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Forest management allows us to maintain and sustain a healthy ecosystem, to counteract the constraints placed on our forests. These changes may be a little awkward to implement, but these steps will help you to make the world a better, more environmentally friendly place.

3. Car Sharing

Hundreds of thousands of people take to our roads each day, so anything you can do to reduce this number will go a long way to combat the fossil fuels problem. Getting a group of colleagues together and heading to work together is simple and a more fun way of travelling. Don’t ignore public transport either, or even cycling. Open your eyes to other ways of getting about to do your bit to make your commute as green as possible.

4. Making Your Office Green With Everyday Energy Saving

It’s the little things that count. Make changes around your office and your desk and just try to limit the amount of energy you’re consuming each day.

Things like energy saving light bulbs are one of the most common ways of comforting your eco-friendly conscience. Not only are they energy efficient, these lightbulbs are also longer lasting and are brighter than traditional electrical bulbs. Put into context, with the number of offices around the world, if even a small percentage of these offices were to switch to LED lighting this would put a big dent into solving the environmental crisis.

Remember: the little things make the biggest difference, so start looking around and see what you can do to make your office green.