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Many of us have already adopted a greener lifestyle at home, but we can easily extend this by going green at work too.
Whether your business is home based, in your own premesis or part of a corporate complex there are many ways you can reduce your business’ impact on the environment. Here we look at 4 areas that can be tackled by any business.
Use the off switch
The printer doesn't need to be on all day if you only use it once or twice. Turn it on when its needed.
Computer screens use a significant amount of the power of your computer! Turning them off takes no time at all, even if its only for 5 minutes here and there, think of the energy you will save over the course of the day.
Turn off computers & lights when you leave the office for the day. This simple act can save huge amounts of electricity over the course of the year, reducing your bills & energy used!
Paper: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reducing your paper usage can be quite simple:
Think before you print. Do you need to print off all of your invoices and receipts? In the majority of cases an electronic copy will be quite sufficient - you can always print at a later date if needed.
Do your customers require both a packing slip and an invoice?
Avoid printing documents that could just as easily be emailed. We provide all quotes, invoices and receipts in PDF format - reducing our paper usage significantly.
Reuse where possible:
If its for internal use only can you print / write on the back of something you no longer need?
Reuse packaging materials. This is becoming a more regular occurrence and your customers will not think less of your business is if doesnt come in shiny branded plastic packaging. Encourage them to reuse / recycle it when they receive it.
If you can no longer use it, recycle it!
Equally important here is using recycled paper wherever possbile. All the paper in the Glassraven office is recycled, and all our printing is on FSC certified / recycled paperstock.
Use companies with environmental accreditation
There are many companies online specialising in green office supplies, from recycled stationery to fairtrade tea & coffee and environmentally friendly cleaning products such as Ecover.
Support companies that are already doing their bit for the environment.
Look at switching to green energy suppliers, who supply electricity derived from renewable power sources such as solar and wind. The Glassrasven offices are powered by 100% renewable sources.
Small changes make big differences
Next time you have a tea break make sure you only fill it with the amount of water you will use.
If you are running a home based business - do you need to heat the whole house? Only heat the rooms that are being used.
Add some plants to the office. House plants are great at ridding the air of pollutants and increase the oxygen levels, plus they look good! Rubber plants and spider plants are particularly low maintenance and effective.
About the Author
This article is part of a series written by Sadie Knight of Glassraven web design, Coventry. The full series of articles is available on the Glassraven website.