Knowledge is responsibility, isn’t it? Climate change is happening. We know that much. So, what if we could act together, as companies, employees and inhabitants of this planet, and mobilize to plant the seeds of a new paradigm of life? We can choose to show up, take real action like never before, and actively use our voice to cultivate the mission of being environmentally conscious also at our work place.
What can we do to be eco-friendlier in our working environment?
A good starting point for making progress with your CSR efforts could be going paperless. This might not always prove the right solution for every situation, as we are well-aware that some documents need to be printed, but we can try, nonetheless, setting some boundaries. You might be familiar enough, to the extent of already using it, with the friendly reminder at the bottom of your email, set up to note that we should think twice if printing an email is really that necessary. Yet, if printing does happen, you can find a way to limit waste. For instance, you can use the blank sides of old-printed pages for meeting minutes or to-do lists. A simple trick to save paper. Any other ideas?
Did you know that the buildings we work in are some of the biggest energy users? It’s quite understandable really, once we realize our indoor comfort in terms of temperature and air depends on energy use. One tip? Surround yourselves with plants – they will absorb heat, noise and remove dust from the air. Electricity consumption has risen due to the increased number of electronics used in the office – computers, screens, printers and phones. The standby mode isn’t ideal. Therefore, we suggest to simply unplug!
You would be surprised to learn that an average ink-jet designed for home use will typically use 30 to 50 watts while printing, and around 3 to 5 watts of power on standby. Commercial printers often used in an office will draw 30 to 50 watts on standby and 300 to 500 watts when printing. If you leave your printer on standby mode every day, for an entire year, the consumption will reach…well, you can do the math! This also applies to the other electronics that you might use at your workplace. Next time you leave the office, take a second and press the power button, or pull that plug out to be sure! It will have a positive impact both on the environment and on the electricity bill.
Plastic is not fantastic
Water is life and staying hydrated during the day is crucial. This presents another opportunity to reduce the usage of plastic. Would you be surprised to know that the average person uses 150 plastic water bottles a year…that’s nearly 3 bottles per week. Ask yourselves: how many water bottles do you grab on the go to work or to a meeting? Here’s a crazy thought! What do you think if you invested in a good quality reusable water bottle to keep next to you at all times during working hours as well as on your commuting time. Some of our favourites are Hydro Flask or Global Wake Cup. If you don’t feel like putting money into this kind of product, you can always try the best DIY product, which means buying glass water bottles and simply keeping that bottle with you for longer. Another thing you could do (if possible) is to drink tap water.
This could be your first step towards a plastic-free bottle life!
While these measures might not seem to make a big difference now, if each and every one of us would take these simple steps, we may just save our planet.