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8 Super Simple Steps to a Greener Office

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Photo: Evgeny Karandaev / Shutterstock.com

Going green is good for business, as well as the environment.

Greening your office doesn’t have to be expensive, it can actually save you money and help boost productivity.

The following tips are super simple, they’re a great way to get started on making your office a little bit more climate friendly!

1. Walk, cycle or take public transport

Cut your office’s carbon footprint before you even get in by walking, cycling or catching the bus or train to work.

If driving is your only option, check out this cool web app which can help you measure and cut down your car’s carbon emissions.

2. Ditch the Notepad

Stop wading through mountains of paper notes and go digital. There are plenty of useful apps you can download to help.

Check out Todoist, for example, which can sync all your lists to your computer, browser and phone so it’s always with you.

3. Use Environmentally Friendly Products

Sometimes paper can’t be avoided – but when you do have to, make sure to use recycled paper.

You can also get other office materials like pens, mugs, soaps, and packaging that are made from eco-friendly materials.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This handy article can help you obliterate waste in your office by removing personal bins, running awareness days and other useful ideas.

5. Save Energy

If you’re not using some of the electric appliances in your office, turn them off.

You can also invest in some smart power strips which reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode.

6. Get Some Plants

You can help filter the air and brighten up your workspace with a few office plants. Here’s a list of five office plants that also boost productivity.

But why not go a step further and invest in an IKEA hydroponics kit to grow your own salads from the comfort of your… desk!

7. Optimise Climate Control

It’s great to make the most of natural light and ventilation where possible. Open up the windows and blinds and let some fresh air in.

Obviously this isn’t always possible, so if you do have to use heating or cooling then make sure it is optimised and uses just the right amount of energy.

8. Save Water

Is your office already using flush hippos in the toilets? Here’s a great article with five top tips for saving water in the office.

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