Yesterday may have been Earth Day, but there are small things we can do every day to help our planet. With mountains of paper files and messy desks, offices easily morph into the poster child for waste- but then can change. This year, it’s time to be more “green” at work. Here are 10 ways you can impact the planet and simplify your work life at the same time.
- Join a shared workspace. Communal resources and spaces are just two reasons why this office space solution is great for your business and the environment!
- Limit paper usage by reusing scraps, printing on both sides, and converting files to electronic ones with services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
- Create a mini-office plant garden to offset CO2 emissions and bring more oxygen into your space. Plus, a little splash of green can brighten up any office!
- Recycle everything from paper to packaging to old electronics. Use a local recycling group for help in properly disposing of less-common items. A little bit of effort goes a long way in making a positive impact on the planet.
- Look for a shared workspace in an accessible location. Being able to bike, walk, or take public transportation to work means one less car on the road.
- Be a conscious consumer. From cleaning products to desk supplies, look for items that are biodegradable, vegan, can easily be recycled, and are made with non-toxic chemicals.
- Remain mindful of how much energy you use. Switch that desk lamp light bulb to an LED light and plug electronics into a power strip so you can easily turn them off while you’re not on the clock.
- Instead of traveling for a meeting, use state-of-the-art business video conferencing services. It’s got all the benefits of an in-person meeting without you needing to take an Uber or plane ride.
- Get smart with your mail. Unsubscribe from mailing lists and when possible, go paperless with billing. Also, try to limit the number of packages you receive. One item can create a garbage bag full of waste. When sending anything, avoid packing peanuts, styrofoam, and other materials that cannot be recycled.
- Incorporate small changes into your work routine, such a bringing in a reusable lunch bag or avoiding single-use plastic.
These tips are not just good for the environment, they are good for your work habits and business. Often “going green” and reducing waste goes hand in hand with efficiency and creating a cleaner and simpler work life. In a shared office environment like AdvantEdge Workspaces, waste is reduced through sharing spaces, supplies, and more. Our LEED-certified building has everything you need: video conferencing services, two accessible locations, a variety of office options, and more.
This April, join us in “going green” at work. Check out our space today!