As a business owner, it’s more important than ever to promote a greener and more sustainable way of living in the workplace. The world is on the brink of complete environmental deterioration and if the world heats by an additional 1.5 degrees, there would be extreme weather, drought and poverty for millions. There are small and meaningful changes that we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint.
The UK is working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2050, as are many other countries, in an effort to reverse the damage that has already been inflicted on the world. Many are turning a blind eye to the issues that are at hand, so it’s important to be the change you want to see in the world. Here are some simple tips on how to become a greener more sustainable office.
Control water usage
On average, 9 litres are pumped out of a small faucet every minute. If your employees are washing their dishes after dinner, be sure to encourage a 1 bowl of water policy. Instead of allowing the tap to run as they wash their plates, using one bowl conserves the water that is being used.
Equally, installing water coolers in the office will prevent your employees from running the tap and wasting a lot of water in the process when getting a drink. It takes a lot of energy to treat waste water, so it’s important to conserve as much as possible at the office.
Buy in bulk
When ordering workplace products, be sure to get recycled notepads/ recycled paper and to also buy in bulk. Ordering supplies in smaller quantities means that deliveries along with fuel consumption are more regular.
By making an inventory list, you can save yourself lots of money when buying in bulk and this also prevents excessive transportation and all of the additional energy that comes with buying in small quantities.
Many business owners are making the choice to switch energy suppliers to 100% renewable electricity sources. In an office, a lot of energy can be consumed throughout the week as computers are on throughout the day, lights are on, printers, fridges, kettles and so on. All together, this uses a lot of green energy so it’s important to make sure that you’re conserving energy where you can.
Instead of using sleep mode, be sure to power down and unplug your computer. Although they may be switched off at the wall, plug sockets can still pass energy through, so it’s always better to unplug them. Making the switch to green energy suppliers and being conscious about the energy that you use in the office can be extremely impactful.
By starting a dialogue in the office, a lot of employees can start to become more environmentally conscious not only in the workplace, but at home too. Set goals for your office to achieve to keep everyone on track and continue to work towards a better environment for us all to enjoy.