Could You Create a More Eco-Friendly Workplace?

25/06/2019

As there are increasing concerns about climate change, and protests from activists like Extinction Rebellion continue, our efforts to be environmentally friendly are more of a priority than ever before.

Many fingers point to large corporations when it comes to matters of the environment, but even small companies have a carbon footprint! You can work yours out online and come up with ways to limit your energy output.

Below, we’ve outlined a few changes businesses small and large can make to ensure they have a more eco-friendly workplace.

Consider going paperless

Printing at work uses a vast amount of paper and ink. As more of the workplace goes digital, your company might make a decision to go paperless in certain areas. Whether it’s for invoices, expenses, training resources or information for clients, it’s possible to limit our paper use by quite a large amount.

If your company isn’t ready to go paperless yet, you might also consider using recycled paper for printing. According to a resource by the University of Cambridge, each ton (1000kg) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.

Stop leaving your devices on standby

Leaving devices on standby mode wastes far more energy than people realise. It’s pretty easy to remember to turn off your monitor or other office equipment overnight, you just need to make a habit out of it.

If you tend to work flexibly from your laptop, you may not think that you have much of an environmental impact. However, even laptops left on sleep mode can waste energy. Remember to switch off - it will also help your laptop to last longer!

Get involved with an environmental charity

One of the ways to make a difference as a company is to get involved with a charity. You can do this in a number of ways, from donating to charity fundraisers and even volunteering days.

If you are a small organisation, we would recommend choosing one or two charities that you are interested in so that you aren’t spreading your resources too thinly. Examples might include tree planting schemes, wildlife conservation programmes, charities which aim to provide clean water, or charities which promote sustainable living.

Stop using takeaway coffee cups

The war on plastic is becoming more significant, with documentaries on the BBC exposing the horrific impact single-use plastic has had on the environment.

Whilst many people used to believe that coffee cups could be recycled, awareness has been raised around the fact that these are actually just sent to landfill.

Most of us enjoy a coffee on our morning commute, or we grab one just before we get into the office, but the sheer volume of coffee cups that office workers use is having a significant impact on the planet.

Instead, we can all take steps to use reusable cups when we get our morning coffee, or opt for the coffee machine in our office instead. You can promote this in your workplace by putting up posters or perhaps even partnering with a company who sell reusable coffee cups.

This article was written by Sophie Barber from The Click Hub, a digital marketing agency in London and Exeter.

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