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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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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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Make a Greener Difference In The Office

One of the biggest ways that you can make a positive impact for the environment, as well as a healthier and more productive place to work is to green the workplace. Whether you are the boss or employee, making a greener difference in the office is something that you can do in a variety of ways. The difference may be negligible at first, but the lighter carbon footprint will soon turn into a positive result that will benefit the bottom line.

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One of the best ways to make a greener difference in the office is to make sure your consuming energy efficiently. Optimize the energy settings on your computers, such as sleep mode, and remember to turn your computer off when leaving the office for the day. Most importantly, discard trash properly. Set up appropriate disposal methods for plastic, glass and other materials that employees can utilize so that they don’t harm the environment that we’ve worked so hard to build.

To help reduce waste in the office, cut back on overall paper consumption. We thankfully live in a digital age where it is easier than ever to conduct business electronically. Instead of sending a memo to all employees, send an email. Similarly, rather than printing out the hard copy of a big document to do work while you’re at home, email a PDF to yourself. Additionally, use two-sided printing and copying and when buying paper products, look for post-consumer recycled content. These types of changes will add up significantly over time.

Another great way to make a difference in the office is to use reusable, BPA-free containers and cups. Think about all of the coffee that the average office drinks per day and realize that each serving is usually associated with a disposable cup. Instead, emphasize greener lifestyle choices and encourage the use of reusable bottles and mugs. When it comes to lunch, bringing your food in reusable containers is greener and often healthier than takeout, plus, it helps keep more green in your wallet.

Finally, you can also make a greener difference by purchasing recycled and reusable office materials. This can extend from the types of pens that you use to the types of printing paper that you purchase and everything in between. When purchasing green materials, create a healthier workplace environment by providing the custodial staff with eco-friendly cleaning products. Lastly, remember to buy in bulk in order to reduce the packaging materials. Furthermore, if your office ships packages you can also reuse the box! 

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