Simple Tips to Green your Office

Publish on: 12 Aug 2016

Green your workspace
Greening the space in which you work has almost limitless possibilities. Start with good furniture, good lighting, and good air. Indoor air is typically as polluted as outdoor air. Studies have proven that household plants such as the spider plant remove ozone, benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene and many other chemicals thus purifying the air we breathe.

Working with less Energy
The computer is the main tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can save considerable amount of energy. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day ("standby" settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they are needed. Turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied. Remove bulbs in areas that are over-lit and replace inefficient, high energy light bulbs (incandescent and halogen lights) with lower wattage, energy saving lights (compact fluorescent and LEDs).

A place for everything and everything in its place
Organise your workspace, through visual management to allow you to locate items quickly. Colour coding of files can help you identify items rapidly, reducing search time and decrease reprints and reordering of papers and items. You could colour code by product lines, suppliers, or a host of other ways, but consider what would aid you the most to help you to immediately grab the right file without searching. Maximum searching time should be 20 seconds!

Go Paperless
In the "digital age" we still consume enormous amounts of paper. Some companies use recycled paper but the greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper. Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office). Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters.

Use Green Materials
Paper use cannot be avoided, so use recycled paper and envelopes that have been processed and colored using eco-friendly methods. Pens and pencils can also be made of recycled materials, and refillable pens and markers are preferable to disposable ones. Use biodegradable soaps and recycled paper or cloth towels in the bathroom and kitchen.

Source: The Internet
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