What Makes for a Healthy Green Office?

As you’ve been doing more and more research about making your world a more eco-friendly place, you’ve probably come across some articles on how to make your office “green”—no, not (necessarily) green in color, but things that you can do to improve the air quality and energy efficiency of your workplace environment.

Some of the information that you’ve come across may have seemed a bit overwhelming, though. Not because you didn’t understand the information, but because it was presented in a way where you may have thought that you would have to spend more money than you currently can afford.

If you’ve wanted to make some “green upgrades”, but you want to be able to keep another kind of green in your wallet in the process, we have enclosed five ways that you can make a healthy green office without breaking your budget:

Let the natural light shine through. Something that you can do that is very energy-efficient is to use less overhead lighting and more natural lightning; the kind that comes from good old Mother Nature thanks to the sun that beams through your windows. Another bonus with this option is that while it brightens up your work space, it also bathes you with some much needed Vitamin D.

Put in some plants. Nothing gives the feeling of warmth and comfort like plants. Whether they’re sitting in a potted plant on a desk or hanging from the ceilings, they are attractive to look at and also very good for your health. That’s because plants have the ability pull toxins from the air. So, if you want to give the office a bit of personality while purifying the space, purchase a Lady Palm, a Rubber Plant, a Boston Fern, a Peace Lily or a Philodendron (or a few of each).

Provide healthy snack options. Some offices are very proactive about healthcare. When questions come up among the staff like, “Should I PSA test myself?” or “Are you considering getting a mammogram?”, this may prompt the management to provide some on-site seminars on the issues. That is one great way to show that you care about your employees. Another way is to provide healthy snack options like fresh fruit, nuts, baked organic chips, granola bars, yogurt and plenty of water (in recyclable water bottles, of course).

Use as little paper as possible. It’s absolutely amazing, the amount of paper that is used (and some would even say is wasted) on an annual basis. One way to not contribute to “the thousands of tons” is by recycling paper products, keeping printing down to a minimum and communicating via online as much as you can. If you must use paper, be sure to print on both sides of it and when the printer runs out of ink to refill your cartridge at a local drugstore such as Walgreens rather than simply throwing it away.

Unplug it. One of the best things that you can do to make your office more energy-efficient is to unplug any of the electronics that do not need to be on overnight (such as your desktop or laptop). Also, when you’re leaving a room such as the bathroom or break room, it’s also a good idea to turn off those lights as well. It may seem like minor tips, but overtime, they can make a major difference when it comes to your monthly utility bills.