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Part Two: Do Your Part to Protect the Earth at Work

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In the first article of this two-part series, we discovered how taking simple, eco-friendly actions in our homes could greatly reduce our carbon footprint. With less impact on the environment, the world we hand over to our kids and grandkids is sure to be a healthier one. But our homes are not the only places where our positive actions can create benefits for the environment.

Incorporating Eco-Friendly Habits Into the Work Zone

Many of the same strategies you use at home to save resources and energy can also be employed in your office or work environment. These include:

  • Choosing ENERGY STAR-qualified office equipment such as printers, copiers, lighting, appliances and HVAC equipment.
  • Adding power strips to each computer station so that employees can easily turn the power off each evening with the flick of a switch.
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL or halogen bulbs.
  • Turning off all lights in cubicles, break rooms and offices when not in use.
  • Lowering the heat a few degrees in winter and raising the thermostat a few degrees in summer.

While this list is a great starting point, here are more ways to help your office become leaner and greener.

Transportation

Instead of having a parking lot full of employee vehicles each day, find ways to create more and more empty parking spaces. Since many employees love taking part in a challenge, ask your employer to come up with a contest that will provide some friendly competition between workers to see who can go the longest without driving their car to work. Depending upon the location of your office or business, employees might earn points by:

  • Walking or biking to work.
  • Car pooling or using public transportation.
  • Using some other mode of transportation, such as skates or a scooter.

Reducing Waste and Recycling

Just like at home, making an effort to reduce waste and recycle in the office can be a major part of your choice to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Instead of throwing things away, take a moment to ask yourself what else the object could be used for or how it could be recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.

Paper and Printing Supplies

In most offices, paper and printing supplies make up a huge portion of the waste that is generated. Petition your manager to consider using more digital files so that less paper and printing supplies are needed.

Equipment, Electronics & Furniture

When office furnishings, computers systems and printers are upgraded, don’t discard the old ones. Instead, find a community group, church or organization who could benefit from these items. Utilize reputable computer recycling services for systems that are no longer operable to make sure that usable parts and materials are kept out of landfills.

Mopfrog of Atlantic City, an eco-friendly cleaning company, hopes that you will embrace these tips to become more in tune with the environment and create a healthier world for the future.

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Get a Greener Home This Spring in 10 Easy Steps

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If you have always been interested in making your home more eco-friendly, but are concerned that the process will be difficult, expensive or time-consuming, it may be time to reconsider. Actually, many families who make the switch are happy to discover that choosing to go green actually creates an opportunity to live a simpler, less-stressful life. While preparing your spring cleaning checklist, if you would like to capture the benefits of a green lifestyle for your family, the following ten steps will make your journey easier than you ever thought it could be.

One: Opt for Natural Cleaners from Your Pantry

Remove the clutter of commercial, chemical-laden cleaning products from your home and opt to replace them with simple, all-natural products that you probably already stock in your pantry. Vinegar, salt, baking soda, lemon juice and others can be quickly formulated to effectively clean and freshen nearly every surface in your home.

Two: Opt to Deter Pests with Cleanup Regimens

Ants, roaches, mice, flies and other pests make their way into homes that welcome them with food sources. Crumbs, grease splatters, spills and even pet food can attract these pests and allow a serious infestation to occur. Make it a rule to wipe down and vacuum up crumbs in food prep and eating areas every day. Additionally, serve snacks and meals only in the kitchen or dining area, to help deter pests.

Three: Opt for Glass

The uses of certain types of plastic are thought to leach harmful chemicals into foods that are stored or microwaved in them. Go green for cooking and food storage by opting for glass or ceramic storage and cooking vessels, instead of plastic.

Four: Opt for Organic or Sustainable Food Choices

Shopping for organic food or locally grown produce, meats, poultry and fish are easier now than ever, due to the use of special labeling. In addition, the prices for these products have become much more affordable as more people understand and choose to enjoy the benefits these foods offer for their families.

Five: Opt Out of Plastic Shopping Bags

Eliminate even more exposure to plastic in your life by choosing to use reusable shopping bags when shopping. Readily available in many styles and colors, shoppers find their sturdiness makes shopping easier, as well as being better for the environment.

Six: Opt to Recycle

The recycling movement has come a long way over the past few years. Now many urban garbage collection services routinely offer recycling bins and convenient pickup at the curb for glass, plastic, paper and metals that once would have ended up in the landfill.

Seven: Opt for Microfiber

Instead of using roll after roll of paper towels for cleaning, invest in a dozen, good quality microfiber cleaning cloths for cleaning, dusting and mopping up spills. They are specially designed to attract and hold dust and moisture and can be laundered over and over.

Eight: Opt to Eliminate Chemical Air Fresheners

In addition to being expensive to purchase, commercial air fresheners can aggravate some types of breathing difficulties and leave chemical residue in the home. Instead, choose to freshen your home by cleaning with vinegar and water (you may even add natural essential oils) to assist in cleaning and removing problem odors.

Nine: Opt to Save By Adding Insulation

Some forms of insulation can lose much of its loft as it settles over a few years. When this happens, it can no longer create a barrier to cold or hot air. Have your insulation checked by a professional and consider adding more insulation if needed to decrease utility bills and make your home more comfortable.

Ten: Opt for Energy Star

ENERGY STAR appliances have been proven to operate more efficiently than other models, so it makes perfect sense to upgrade appliances to take advantage of these savings.

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Take Your Business All the Way to Green in 2015!

Homeowners have caught on to the fact that living in an eco-friendly fashion is not only the right thing to do for the planet and society in general, but also a great way to save money, reduce waste and energy consumption, as well as enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Fortunately, all these benefits also apply to business owners of all types. No matter what size business, you can make 2015 the year of saving lots of “green” just by following these easy, eco-friendly tips.

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Make Powering Off Electronics Part of Your Office SOPs

An excellent way to protect sensitive electronics from power surges is to utilize a high quality surge protector for each computer system in your office. Take this idea to an eco-friendly level by instituting a standard office policy (SOP) that instructs employees to turn off their systems each evening by powering them down and then switching the surge protector to the “off” position.

To retain the convenience factor, make the first employee who arrives each morning responsible for turning on power strips and clicking computer system “on” switches.

Make Better Use of Files

Choose digital files over paper and scan hard documents into digital images, such as PDF files whenever possile. In addition to saving paper and ink, digital files are much easier to transmit, access and retrieve from mobile devices or laptops, thus, improving efficiency and enabling employees to become more productive. You will also have less desktop clutter.

Make Eco-Friendly Choices in Consumables

Whenever your business must make a purchase, opt for office supplies with environmental attributes, such as products that can be recycled, remanufactured, reused or contain recycled-content. Here are some to consider:

  • Recycle office paper, beverage containers and newspapers.
  • Install a filter on the tap for drinking water and forego the use of plastic water bottles
  • Refill ink cartridges for printers and recycle the cartridge when they can no longer be refilled
  • Save kitchen waste from employee break rooms, such as coffee grounds, and fruit peelings to add to compost piles

Even More Green Ideas

Instead of sending broken office furniture or electronics to landfills, investigate your options for recycling them or donating them to groups who will refurbish and sell them to pay for community projects or improvements. When donating, be sure to ask for a receipt for income tax purposes.

Getting an energy audit is another good way to find waste and come up with a more efficient plan for your business’s energy usage.

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