Five eco-tips for the workplace:
Reduce and reuse paper:
- print and copy double-sided
- Print drafts on unused reverse sides of paper
- e-mail your documents as attachments
- edit documents on screen rather than printing out and hand editing
If you receive a box that is still in good condition, instead of discarding of the box, save it for a future outbound shipment. Simply remove previous shipping labels and mark-out or cover any previous markings and you extended the life of the box.
Ditch the plastic styrofoam cups:
Get rid of the disposable throw-away cups- the one’s you use for coffee and water fill-ups. The one-use cups accounts for a great deal of office waste. Simply bring your own cup and provide additional washable cups for visitors.
The amount of energy wasted in the workplace accounts for over 15% of total energy usage. Items such as computers left on unattended, especially in the overnight hours. Cut your energy use by switching off your computers, copiers, printers and lights when not in use. Also, reduce your phantom energy loss be using smart power strips and/or unplugging unused devices. Remember lower energy bills also mean a better bottom line.
Turn down the heat this winter:
Your heating costs will go up by 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree. A 2°C increase in office temperature creates enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot air balloon. Lower the thermostat and your energy bills at the same time.