It is an unfortunate truth that both corporate and in-house office spaces are subconscious aids to environmental degradation. While we may be curbing our footprint by driving less, we are still contributing to un-econess by generating waste and burning massive amounts of energy. Nevertheless, there are a few simple practices we can all adopt to keep our office spaces its greenest. Check out the six simple tips below.
6 Simple Ways to Green Up your Office Space:
- Recycle Everything: Recycled everything that can be recycled. Recycle your paper, plastic and aluminum waste with your local recycling center, and recycle your ink cartridges at Cartridges for Kids. Your old CDs/DVDs can be recycled at the CD Recycling Center of America and your florescent bulbs can be recycled at Eco Light. Check out Terracycle to recycle your old writing utensils and eRivival to recycle your broken computing equipment.
- Donate your usable goods: Do not trash your outdated computing and printing equipment, instead donate them to Computers with Causes and donate your old furniture to Donation Town.
- Only print when necessary: Printing generates paper waste as well as petroleum waste, so only print when necessary, and when you do print use eco printing paper as well as a sustainable font such as eco-font
- Lessen your energy usage: There are a lot of easy ways to cut down your use of energy such as switching to energy star appliances and using power strips. You can also use less energy by using solar lighting and chargers whenever possible and also by hanging blackout curtain panels – blackout curtains save energy by naturally insulates and regulates the temperature of the space.
- Introduce houseplants: Instead of using chemical based hair fresheners, keep a few houseplants in your office to increase the indoor air quality and to detox the space.
- Use eco products: Choose more sustainable options to products such as writing equipment, paper and furniture.
Greening up your office doesn’t have to be challenging, it only takes you making small changes in order to make big differences in the health of the environment.