Caring for each other and our planet is always at the back of our minds, and we know it’s becoming more and more important in today’s world. If you have a desire to go green, you might be recycling more, reducing water waste, or driving a fuel efficient car. With more and more people becoming earth conscious and living an eco-friendly lifestyle, have you stopped to consider if your business is doing the same?
Compared to a single family home, an office of 100 people produces a staggering amount of waste. Your office might be filling over 20 bags of waste per week, which adds up to a staggering 1,040 bags of waste per year!
Going green at home is great, but the impact of your business going green is potentially far greater.
So, how do you make your office more green, contributing to the green movement taking place all over the world? Good news — It’s a lot easier than you might think! Over 90% of office waste is actually recyclable paper. Here are a few best practices we recommend that your office or business can adopt to keep paper out of landfills, and decrease your environmental impact:
- Print Mindfully – Watch your office’s consumption of printer paper by printing double-sided whenever possible, which will cut your paper usage in half. Additionally, one third of print jobs in an office are forgotten and eventually thrown out. If you adopt pull printing, you can cut down on wasted printing, and therefore on wasted paper.
- Use Good Bins – It’s surprisingly easy to forget what can and can’t be recycled. By using clearly labeled recycling bins, you can help your employees remember what belongs where. Furthermore, using specific bins for different types of recycled materials is vital. Misplaced recycling often ends up in landfills anyway. If your bins are color-coded, clearly visible and legible, you’ll see a sharp increase in proper recycling!
- Remove Personal Bins – Having recycling bins won’t do much good if your employees are still throwing paper into their own personal bins. As they say, out of sight, out of mind! While this might cause some backlash, explain the environmental benefits to having central waste disposal areas. Just seeing the recycling bins will remind your employees that not all waste should be treated equally.
With these simple steps, you can dramatically cut down on your office’s wasted paper. Once recycling paper becomes routine, adopting other green practices will go much more smoothly. After your office is a greenspace, spread the word! The more offices who go green, the healthier the world will be.