The workplace can be a wasteful environment if the right steps aren’t taken to limit the amount of waste produced. However, if an office has a collective goal to reduce the amount of unwanted waste, it can become significantly more environmentally friendly. It’s important to understand that everyone in the office can play a big part in creating a new way of working.
Online companies have already limited their paper and office waste output by doing their business primarily online. Companies that deal with online marketing will be Eco friendly already, but there are always chances to improve that environment. Here are some ideas that can be implemented to help set up an Eco Friendly Office, online or offline.
Getting more digital and paperless
As an online marketing company you should be using more online and digital methods of communicating or dealing with clients, suppliers or staff. There are a wealth of communication tools nowadays to produce items such and contracts and invoices. Adobe do a great line in online digital contracts (e-contracts) to quickly and easily get the deals signed and you getting on with the work.
As digital marketing, seo and social media agencys are at the forefront in online marketing you should be embracing everything that propels them into a pure paperless office and with the amount of applications that you can now use instead of printed material this is an easy win that also streamlines you operation.
Businesses that tend to do most of their work online will already have limited paper waste. They will do most of their work through e-mail and will print when needed. This is the most eco friendly way. However, if your office does have to use a large amount of paper, make sure you have an organized filing system so duplicates aren’t printed.
It seems an obvious one but many offices don’t recycle as much as they should. Having specific recycling bins for cans and bottles is a simple but effective way of making sure unwanted waste gets recycled. Make sure the waste bin is clearly separate from the recycling bins!
Reducing your computers energy output
You may think that leaving your computer on over a break doesn’t really matter but every bit of electricity not used adds up to unwanted waste. Make sure the computer is switched off, set to sleep or hibernate after a certain period of time to save energy. Another good tip to reduce your computers energy output is to only power on your computer if you have to use it. Don’t switch it on just for the sake of switching it on!
Think of how many times you’ve entered a room and the light has already been switched on. Installing lighting which turns off after no movement for a certain period of time would help drive down energy costs and usage. Opening up blinds and shutters, where appropriate, would increase the amount of natural light in the workplace and discourage the need for artificial lighting.
In any workplace, the heating is a major contributor to increasing energy costs. By turning down the thermostat by half a degree, it makes a noticeable difference to limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Even the doing just one of these changes can make a huge difference towards your office being more Eco Friendly.