How to make your workplace more eco-friendly

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Global warming is happening, and although there is no way we can stop all of the ice melting, we can all do our bit to slow the process down. Our carbon emissions are what are thought to be speeding the process up, as carbon dioxide levels rise, so does the temperature of the planet and with our ever-growing population CO2 levels rise too. Renewable energy is making the biggest impact, but it’s just the beginning, the National Geographic states that:

“Every ton of CO2 we emit melts 32 square feet of Arctic ice, according to a 2016 study, which means the average American melts 525 square feet a year. Every energy-saving building, retired gas-guzzler, and acre of preserved forest helps.”

When you consider how little changes can make a huge difference, it’s time to recognise that your workplace needs to be eco-friendly to join in on the quest to slow down global warming. Not only will changing your attitude benefit the planet, you may find that if your business promotes an ecological way of life you will attract more clients too. Here are a few ideas on how your can make your workplace more eco-friendly:  

Easy as 1,2,3

There is a lot of focus on recycling these days, making it as easy as ever. Your focus should be on recycling waste properly into the right bins but also using recycled products such as paper and ink. Toner Giant, for example, stocks a range of toner and ink cartridges that are recycled from originals. If you are behind on a recycling programme, you may want to begin with a waste audit, carried out by someone from Waste Management so that it’s official. This will give you an idea of how much waste your business is producing and methods to decrease this amount.

Know your suppliers

Global home furnishings company, IKEA have been at the top of the lists for environmentally friendly global companies for a while now. “It starts with their supply chain, where the Swedish furniture-maker has sourced close to 50% of its wood from sustainable foresters and 100% of its cotton from farms that meet the Better Cotton standards, which mandate the reduced user of water, energy and chemical fertilisers and pesticides.”

Looking into your own sustainability is a good place to start, but consider part of IKEA’s model and also put some focus onto your entire business operation, even the parts that clients don’t take too much notice of.

Encourage employees

To ensure that your green targets aren’t missed, you can set up monthly green challenges. Tech Republic recommend challenging “the office to go a month with no plastic eating utensils, and reward those who stick with it by offering small prizes, such as coffee gift cards or snacks.” Something as simple as this that engages employees and makes being eco-friendly fun are a sure way or changing the environment within your business.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking, but your company really ought to have targets on how much energy you plan to cut down on, as well as when you see the business being run by renewables. Once you set targets, it’s much easier to look into budgets and make your goals a reality.