A green office is so much more than a nice, relaxing shade of paint on the walls. Going green will save you money, boost your business’s credibility, and make you feel all warm and fluffy inside. At first glance, you might think this is going to take up valuable time and effort. Luckily, there are many ways to ensure your office is more environmentally friendly and most of them won’t cost you a thing.
Recycling used paper, garbage, and e-waste is a no-brainer. Establish a recycling centre in a prominent location so it’s easy for employees to recycle paper, used coffee cups, plastic, and other recyclable waste. You can rent Toronto recycling bins or supply your own. Make it your goal to recycle as much as possible.
If possible, consider implementing a paperless office. Most documents don’t need to be printed off these days. Ask clients to accept electronic invoices and statements, so you can email instead of posting them. Rather than printing off documents and storing them in lever arch files, which take up space, store electronic copies on a cloud-based document management system. It’s much easier searching for information in an electronic database than manually sifting through hundreds of files in a filing cabinet.
Look at ways to save energy and you will make a significant difference to the environment. You will also save money. Most businesses can make energy savings if they try.
Simple things like switching off computers at the end of the day or switching off lights when a room is empty all make a difference. You may also be able to make energy savings by fitting window blinds to help regulate the temperature in the office better during hot weather. Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs. Every little helps!
Paper towels for drying hands are very wasteful. Remove paper towel dispensers and replace them with air hand dryers. Use environmentally friendly cleaners for your bathrooms. Dripping faucets and leaking toilets are all a big drain and very bad for the environment. We tend to take water for granted, but in many parts of the world, water is a finite resource.
Plants and Greenery
Green plants look attractive and help to clear carbon dioxide and toxins from the air. Even one large plant will improve the atmosphere in your office and make your employees feel happier and healthier, but if you want to go a few steps further, install an eco-wall or a green roof. Green walls and green roofs are eco-friendly and a great way to show off your business’s green credentials.
Work from Home
Adopt a flexible working policy for employees so they can work from home if it doesn’t affect productivity. The fewer employees you have in the office, the lower your energy costs will be. You may even be able to relocate to a smaller office.
Going green only works if everyone is onboard, so have a consultation process to ensure all employees understand the value of green policies.