There’s a stereotype out there that big business is on a rampage to destroy the environment. Some would argue that this perspective is justified regardless the relationship between industry and the environment has been tenuous at times. The BP oil spill of 2012 is still fresh in the memory of many, particularly in the gulf region. The publishing industry is constantly on the hook for their business practices in regards to conservation, and chemical companies like DuPont and Dow have always been environmentally controversial. But many business offices across America are trying to reverse that thinking. There are many ways that an office environment can take steps to keep from harming the global environment. These measures don’t interfere with profit margins, indeed, in some ways they may even increase them. Here are some useful tips about how to “green” your office.
Energy in the Office
One of the most effective things you can do is to make sure all electronic equipment and lights are turned off at the end of the day, and don’t forget replace lights with energy efficient light bulbs. There may be some devices that needs to be powered overnight but certainly not all electronics. Encourage employees to turn off their computers while they’re checking out for the day also. By turning off just one 75 watt desktop every night, you can spare the world 750 pounds of carbon emissions every year. It will also go a long way to reducing your power bill.
Encourage a recycling program in your office. Just have two bins instead of one in the corner of your office, and make sure employees throw any and all used paper products in the recycling bin as opposed to the trash bin. You can even recycle your office furniture. There are companies out there that will come to you to pick up your old desks and chairs and will subsequently recycle them. While you are recycling your old materials, make sure to strictly use recycled material, when you have the option. Office Max and Staples sell 100% post-consumer recycled paper. It’s just as good as new paper and cuts down on deforestation.
The Road Less Travelled
In today’s tech crazy world, instant communication is easier than it has ever been. With the advent of instant messaging and networks like Skype, it is possible to communicate with someone halfway around the world with just a click of a button. Many companies are using these instant communication technologies to save on travel expenses, and it’s proved to be effective. But the great added perk is the environmental benefits that come with this minimized business travel. So next time you are planning a business trip, take a moment to consider if you really need to actually travel to conduct your business or if you can just use the bevy of communication tools available to you.
These are only a few creative ways to become more environmentally friendly while you conduct your daily business. Keep an eye out for tax breaks that apply to your company if you start green initiatives, these tips could save you money.