Making strides toward a more eco-friendly office is high on the list of things to do for many organizations. For many, it feels like an important part of being a responsible business owner. However, many more also recognize the added benefit of cost savings.
Enacting earth-friendly initiatives can seem daunting. Some business owners worry about initial expenses or dramatic changes to daily processes. For some larger changes (adding more efficient office equipment, for example), there may be those concerns, but there are several things you can do right now that won't disrupt your schedule or generate significant initial costs.
Here are some things you can do right now to create a more eco-conscious office.
Do you regulate printing? Are there recycling bins accessible to staff? These are a few of the initial questions you can consider that relate to your office's habits. To address some of the biggest culprits, here are some changes you can enact right now:
- Educate staff on print best practices: This can be everything from setting defaults to duplex (double-sided) printing, printing in draft mode, or using scrap paper whenever possible.
- Create a culture of sustainability: Help employees see the value in carpooling and using reusable dishware. Set up more recycling bins. Lead by example.
- Rethink supplies: Buy recycled paper, recycle toner cartridges, and look for ways to improve your supply consumption.
Making small changes in your physical space can be helpful, too. For example, changing thermostat settings just slightly can make a positive impact. Using energy-efficient lightbulbs and making the most out of natural light can also make a difference. Finding ways to improve the design or insulation are slightly bigger projects but can be a big deal.
These are just a few of the simple ways your office can be greener. As you can see, many of these will help you save money, too!