6 Quick Tips to Go Green in the Office
Businesses everywhere are looking into ways to go green. Not only is it important to show your customers that you’re conscious of the environment, but from our experience, they also want to take responsibility for themselves. If you want to make your small business more environmentally-friendly, there are many ways you could approach it. You don't have to put in a lot of effort to make significant changes. A few sensible adjustments to the way you run your office can make it greener and help you to save money too. Start going green in your office by trying some of these quick action points.
My business, Marketing Labs, has implemented all of the following tips and not only is it making my team more efficient by saving time, but we’re also doing our bit for the environment and that’s always a great thing for a business to do.
1. Go Digital
One of the main ways that many businesses aim to go green is by employing digital methods to cut down on paper. In the past, printing out letters, information packets, and other documents was common. Everyone would be handed a printout of important information in meetings, for example. But there's no need to do that anymore, with all the easy and affordable ways to go digital. Letters rarely need to be sent when an email can be sent in their place. Daily memos can be in the form of an email, rather than on paper. People can bring laptops and tablets to meetings, instead of paper documents.
We have taken it a step further and stopped printing invoices from purchases. Instead, we download the invoice and save it in a folder in the cloud.
2. Buy Green Office Supplies
Every office needs supplies, from paper and pens to printer ink. However, just because you have a list of office essentials, it doesn't mean you can't make them greener. For example, instead of having disposable pens, you can have pens that you can refill. You can do the same with printer ink if you save the cartridges and take them to be refilled. There are some office supplies you can buy made from recycled materials, such as recycled paper or environmentally friendly materials like bamboo. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on what you purchase, so you aren't buying too much and being wasteful. The current debate surrounding the end of plastic straws in the catering industry, is a great example of how we as a nation are taking “going green” seriously!
3. Reduce Office Energy Consumption
As a business owner, we are constantly asking ourselves; how can we reduce the cost of our energy bills? Energy consumption is an important thing to pay attention to in an office where you might have lots of lighting and be running a number of computers and other equipment. One way to use less energy is to choose the right equipment and devices, including lighting. Switching to LED lights can make a huge difference if you're not using them already. The initial cost is a bit more than standard bulbs, but you will save on your energy bills and you won’t need to replace your bulbs anywhere near as frequently. You can also create an energy usage policy for your employees to follow to ensure everyone uses energy responsibly.
4. Get Recycling
There are several materials your business can recycle to reduce your waste. For example, you can usually recycle paper, glass, and some metals and plastics. First, look at local collections that might pick up recyclable material from your business. You might be given special containers or bags to sort your recycling. If your recycling won't be collected, you can find a local drop-off point or recycling plan where you can take everything regularly. Encourage your staff to separate their waste to ensure that things are recycled. You could perhaps even reward them for recycling in some way.
The CEO of ABIS UK, one of the UK's leading resellers for safety equipment, added that he has seen a clear change in customer’s attitudes when it comes to shopping for waste management and recycling. "There has been a clear increase in people purchasing our range of recycling equipment, which is excellent news, knowing that people care about their environment."
5. Look into Green Cleaning
All offices need to be kept clean so that they're hygienic, safe, and organized. However, if you want your office to go green, you should consider green cleaning methods. If you rely on your office staff to help keep the space clean, buying some green products that don't use harsh chemicals is a good way to start. However, if you hire a cleaner, there are some other things you could consider. If you're responsible for supplying everything they need for cleaning, you can simply provide them with green products. Another option is to look for a commercial cleaner that specializes in green cleaning methods.
6. Watch Water Usage
How much water your business uses also contributes to how green your business is. There are several ways you can try to use less water in your office. One thing you can do is install flow restrictors in the bathrooms. This limits the amount of water that can be used, but you also need to make sure that there's still enough to be able to maintain hygiene. You can also create a policy for using water that your staff can follow. Behaviour is an important part of creating a greener office, so getting your employees to change is essential.
Make sure you lead by example if you want your office to be greener. You can't expect your staff to change if you're not willing to.
Matt Janaway - https://marketinglabs.co.uk/
Matt Janaway is a successful Digital Marketer and Entrepreneur based in Nottingham, UK. He started his digital career journey during the mid-2000's internet retailing boom by developing 10+ eCommerce businesses which enjoyed great success using a successful and evolving SEO formula. Matt is now CEO of Marketing Labs and managing a team of digital marketers and content writers as well as running a web design agency. Matt contributes to some major online marketing websites as well as blogging advice on SEO and digital marketing.