Earth Day is always a great way to reignite awareness and spark conversation about how we can all do a little extra to help save our planet. But what about the other 364 days in a year? Keep the momentum going and take it to work with you through these tips:
Your Morning Coffee
Bring a ceramic coffee mug to work and rewash it instead of using a new plastic or Styrofoam cup every time you want coffee. Also talk to your office manager to see if there is an opportunity to purchase office mugs, so your whole team can cut back on the waste of disposable cups.
Cut back waste at lunch, as well! When you’re packing lunch, use Tupperware and a washable cloth lunch sack, not plastic bags. Also skip the disposable plastic forks and paper plates by bringing in your dishes and silverware to the office.
Going paperless is definitely easier said than done, but as technology keeps advancing, the need for paper continues to dwindle, making a paperless lifestyle more attainable. Back up your files on secure external hard drives instead of printing them. Need to keep an email? Archive it in a safe place virtually. Talk to your IT team to see if there are other little things you can do to reduce the need for paper.
Remember the Lights
Turning off lights when you’re done in a room is something we were constantly reminded to do as kids, so remember to do so at the office, too! This extremely simple task will not only conserve energy, it can save money in electric bills, too.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
Make a point to recycle whenever possible. If your office doesn’t have a recycling program, start one! Then take it one step further with employing the policy that new office supplies must be recycled material. For example, new reams of paper for the printer must be made from recycled paper, and pens must be made of recycled plastic.
Being green is a year-round effort. Keep this in mind not only at home, but at the office!
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