21 Easy Ways to Go Green at Work

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Going green at work is easier than you might think!

There are many small changes you can make to your daily routine that will have a big impact on the environment, and that can start in your office or workplace.

In this blog post, I will give you some easy tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and help preserve our planet.

Customers love a green business, which is why even big businesses are doing it. And by implementing green initiatives you can also save money and improve your health at the same time.

Whether you're the CEO or just starting out in your first job, there's always something you can do to choose green alternatives, reduce waste and save energy. So let's get started.

Work From Home More Often

If your job allows it, try working from home a few days a week. This will help reduce your carbon footprint, and save you the time, hassle, and expense of the dreaded daily commute.

During the pandemic, working from home became the norm for the average office worker, and now managers and CEOs are waking up to the economic and environmental benefits.

That means if you ask to work a couple of days a week from home now, you're much more likely to get a positive response.

Of course, we know that not all jobs are suitable for home working But if you can, it's a great way to go green!

Eco Friendly Work Commute

Choose Sustainable Transportation Options

If you can't work from home, there are still ways to reduce your commute's impact on the environment.

Instead of driving alone in your car, try carpooling, biking, walking, or taking public transportation. These options use less energy and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions than driving alone.

If you walk or cycle, you get the added health benefits and help improve the air quality for everyone.

There's always the option of an electric car or e-bike if you're not up to cycling but still want to cut down on emissions.

If you have to drive, try to consolidate your trips. Make as many stops as you can in one trip, and avoid driving when you don't have to.

Bring Your Own Lunch in Reusable Containers

Bringing your own lunch is not only cheaper, but it's also better for the environment.

Avoid using disposable containers and utensils, and bring a reusable container instead. This will help reduce the amount of waste you produce each day.

And if you have any food waste, remember to put it in the food recycling bins at work (if there aren't any - ask for them to be provided).

Bring Your Own Reusable Coffee Mug and Water Bottle

This will help you avoid using disposable single-use cups and bottles.

Drinks bought by office workers are a major contributor to plastic waste, but thankfully sustainability is all the rage these days and now you'll probably be frowned upon if you don't have your own reusable water bottle or coffee cup.

Take the Stairs - Not the Elevator

This is a small change that can make a big difference. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator will help you get some exercise, and of course, it uses saves energy.

You'll be healthier, lose weight, and use less energy. When your colleagues see the difference it makes, the entire office will probably want to join you.

Recycle and Compost Whenever Possible

One of the easiest ways to go green is to recycle and compost all of your used office supplies.

Make sure your office has recycling containers in easy reach of everybody, and use them! You can also compost your food scraps and coffee grounds if your office has a composting program.

If you're an office manager, make it compulsory for everyone in the office to recycle everything they can.

Reduce Your Overall Use of Paper

One of the best ways to reduce your paper consumption is to print less.

If you don't need a printed copy, try emailing the document or using a digital version instead.

If you do have to print something, make sure to print double-sided (i.e. on both sides of the paper).

Also, try choosing a smaller font size for your documents. This will help you use less paper overall.

Print on Recycled Paper

If you do need to print, make sure to print on recycled paper.

In fact, all your office supplies - notebooks, post-its, pads - should all be made from recycled paper, no exceptions.

Use Recyclable or Biodegradable Mailers

If you're sending mail at work, try to use recyclable or biodegradable mailers.

This will help reduce the amount of plastic and paper waste produced by your office.

There are many different types of recyclable or biodegradable mailers, check out our guide to the best eco-friendly mailers to find one that meets your needs.

Do More Virtual Meetings

Instead of meeting in person, try doing more virtual meetings.

You can use video conferencing to meet with people from all over the world without ever having to leave your office (in fact it's another good reason why it is now easier than ever to work from home).

This will help reduce your carbon footprint because you won't have to travel as much. And it's a great way to stay connected with people from all over the world who you would rarely get to see in person.

Turn Off Electronics When Not In Use

One of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption in the office is to turn off electronics when you're not using them. Don't just leave them in standby mode, as this still uses power unnecessarily.

This includes all electronic office equipment, computers, printers, and monitors on your desk, plus lights when you leave the room.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to plug all your appliances into a single power strip. That way there's only one switch to turn off when you leave.

Turn Down the Brightness on Your Monitor

If you're looking for a really simple way to save energy, try turning down the brightness on your monitor.

You can usually do this in the settings of your computer, or with a physical button on the monitor itself.

This small change can help reduce your office's energy consumption (and it makes your eyes hurt less too).

Use Natural Light Whenever Possible

If you can, try to use natural light whenever possible. Open curtains and blinds and let the world in, and turn your overhead lights off.

This will help reduce the amount of energy used by your office's lighting fixtures.

It's environmentally friendly, and better for your physical and mental health too!

Use Energy Efficient Lighting

If you can't use natural light, make sure you use energy-efficient light bulbs.

This will help reduce your office's energy consumption and it's better for the environment.

Using light wall colors will help brighten your office environment and reflect the light better, meaning your bulbs don't need to be such a high wattage.

Turn the Heating Down and the A/C Up

If you're looking for a way to save energy, try turning the heating down and the A/C up.

Just a degree or two can make all the difference.

Let's face it, there's always someone in every workplace who complains it's too hot or too cold, whatever temperature you use. You will never please everyone.

Allow people to remove a jacket or open a window if they feel hot, or wear a sweater if they feel cold, and make the choice that saves energy instead.

So if you can, try to keep your office a little cooler in the winter and a little warmer in the summer.

Convert to Solar Power

If your office is ready to make a big change, try converting to solar power.

This will help reduce your office's carbon footprint and it's a great way to save money on energy costs.

Yes, it will involve an initial outlay, but you'll reduce your dependence on fossil fuels, and become immune to energy price rises. Solar energy systems can pay for themselves in around 8 years, after which you'll be getting free renewable electricity.

Conserve Water in the Bathroom

There are many ways to conserve water in the bathroom.

One way is to install low-flow toilets and faucets. The cost of flushing a toilet can really add up over time, so make changes to help reduce the amount of water used by your office.

Another way to conserve water is to add timers to the faucets so people do not leave them running, and use only a small amount of water when they wash their hands.

Use Hand Dryers Instead of Paper Towels

If you're looking for a way to reduce your office's paper consumption, try using hand dryers instead of paper towels.

Yes, hand dryers use energy, but less than the process of manufacturing and shipping paper towels. So energy-efficient dryers remain the more environmentally-friendly choice.

Use Compostable Trash Bags in the Kitchen

If you have a kitchen or break room in your office, try using compostable trash bags.

They're made from biodegradable materials, so they can be sent off to a commercial composting facility where they will decompose fully without releasing toxins when breaking down.

This means that they won't end up in a landfill, and they'll help reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by your office.

Use Sustainable Cups and Plates in the Kitchen

If you have a kitchen in your office, try using sustainable cups and plates.

Sustainable cups and plates can be made from renewable resources or recycled materials, so in either case, they're much better for the environment.

And they're usually compostable or recyclable, so you can reduce your office's waste even further.

Clean Using Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

There are many eco-friendly cleaning products available on the market, which are suitable for home and business use.

If you're looking for a way to reduce your office's environmental impact, try using eco-friendly cleaning products.

They work just as well as traditional cleaning products, but they're better for the environment.

Spread the Word and Encourage Others to Go Green Too!

One of the best ways to reduce your office's environmental impact is to encourage others to go green as well.

You can do this by spreading the word about the benefits of following green practices at work.

You can also encourage others to use eco-friendly products and compostable materials.

You'll be surprised how much influence you can have. When one person starts doing the right thing, others will follow and it will become the new normal in your workplace.

The more people that go green at work, the more impact we can have on the environment.

The Final Word

We can all make conscious and sustainable choices in every part of our lives, including when we're at or on our way to work.

Your business can benefit financially as well! Not only will many of these green initiatives save you money, but you can also benefit from tax breaks and government incentives when you follow minimum standards as set out by the Environmental Protection Agency.

I hope these tips will help you reduce your office's environmental impact. If you have any questions, or any other suggestions or tips on how you can go green at work, feel free to get in touch and let me know.

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Arabella Ruiz is a senior researcher at The Roundup. She lives in San Antonio, Texas and has been interested in the environment from an early age. Arabella loves to campaign for environmental causes and fundraise for charities that aim to preserve wildlife habitat, protect endangered species or help people with climate change problems.
Arabella Ruiz
Arabella Ruiz is a senior researcher at The Roundup. She lives in San Antonio, Texas and has been interested in the environment from an early age. Arabella loves to campaign for environmental causes and fundraise for charities that aim to preserve wildlife habitat, protect endangered species or help people with climate change problems.

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