As we now appreciate the effects our actions have on the environment, businesses understand the necessity to implement eco-friendly policies and processes. But for those just starting out, it can be difficult to know where to start. Efforts to ‘go green’ don’t have to feel like a huge uphill battle, there are lots of ways our offices can be sustainable without investing huge amounts of time or money. Here are some top tips for creating an environmentally friendly office.
Use the rise in technology to your advantage and go paperless. The advancement of digital solutions in recent years has meant that companies can implement much more streamlined and efficient processes without the need for mountains of printing. Opt for online storage solutions rather than hard copy filing and invest in digital HR and communication software. Not only will this help assist you in your mission to eco-friendliness, it will also save you from excessive printing and ink costs.
Pick A Sustainable Location
Many overlook the fact that the location of their office can play a huge part in their efforts to go green. Offices that are in hard-to-reach locations can significantly increase your company’s carbon footprint. If staff can’t get to the office by walking, cycling or using public transport, they will resort to driving which will increase emissions. Companies such as BE Offices offer exceptional locations across the country for both large and small businesses. They also implement recycling points throughout their buildings making it easier for you to go green!
Encourage Active Participation
Encourage your employees to be actively involved in your green efforts by implementing incentives. You could offer a free box of chocolates or bottle of bubbly at the end of each month for employees who have car shared or used public transport to commute. Cycle to work schemes are also hugely effective. Offer your staff this tax-free benefit which allows them to spend up to £1000 on a bike of their choice. They can usually save between 25-39% on the overall value and will encourage them to cycle instead of driving to work each day.
Avoid Unnecessary Waste
When your staff leave the office for the day, switch off all lights, computers, screens and printers. Did you know that a PC monitor left on overnight uses enough electricity to laser print over 500 pages? And leaving a computer on overnight for one year will create enough CO2 to fill a double decker bus? Reduce unnecessary energy waste by switching off all electrical appliances each night after work. The difference you will make to the environment is astonishing.
These are just a few simple ways you can improve your office’s eco-friendliness. It’s not something you can achieve instantly, going green requires a positive attitude and encouraging environment to make all your staff, suppliers and customers buy into green processes and policies.