Greening the Office

There are a number of ways to cut back on waste at the office. Here are a few ideas:

Save Energy and Water
• Use the stairs instead of the elevator for short trips to save electricity
• Turn off lights and computer equipment at the end of the day to save energy
• Turn off taps completely to avoid wasting water from dripping taps

Save Paper (saving paper saves energy too)
• Set your printer and photocopier to double-sided to save paper
• Edit documents on your computer to save paper
• Always recycle used paper

Produce Less Waste
• Take your lunch to work in reusable containers and a reusable lunch bag
• Use your own mug for your coffee or tea instead of disposable ones
• Get your co-workers to adopt the same environmentally-friendly office habits as you.

Approximately 80% of office waste is paper, and of that, 70% is not recycled. Much more of that paper should be recycled. Green Seal reports that a ton of paper made from 100 percent recycled paper, as compared to virgin paper, saves the equivalent of 4,100 kilowatt-hours of energy, 26,498 litres of water, 27 kilograms of air emissions, and 2.29 cubic metres of landfill space.

A better alternative to recycling is not to print in the first place, unless you have to.

Don't stop with your office. Many of the eco-ideas you can implement at work can also be applied to your home.


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