It has never been more imperative for businesses to implement sustainable practices in their offices. The benefits of going green are great: it will improve the environment and dramatically lower energy costs, and the switch doesn’t have to be extreme.
The demand for sustainability has never been so high, but it isn’t difficult for every person to lower their carbon footprint and save the planet, while still enjoying a cup of tea or coffee at their desk in the morning. Here are some easy ways your office can go green:
Coffee is the nation’s favorite drink; it is predicted that over half of adults in the U.S. regularly consume coffee – that’s approximately 107 million people. But with great numbers comes great environmental responsibility, and the coffee industry has had a negative impact on the planet: from deforestation to the increase of unrecyclable waste.
To decrease your carbon footprint as a coffee drinker, you should:
Introducing a water dispenser into the office will mean people will be less inclined to buy bottled water, and therefore will improve their carbon footprint. Bevi is an example of an eco-friendly water cooler that even offers flavored sparkling water. Just be sure to drink out of glasses or reusable cups instead of disposable plastic cups for ultra-sustainability.
Many companies are making the switch to paperless – from online pay slips and receipts to e-invites. If your business has the option to go completely paperless, what are you waiting for! However, if there are some things that must be printed (e.g. contracts and documents that need a signature), you can reduce waste by opting for recycled paper, and be sure to recycle when you no longer need it (or get it shredded at a company that promises to recycle).
When it comes to sustainability in the office, it’s all in the details. You can decrease your carbon footprint by substituting a few of these breakroom amenities, such as:
By implementing these sustainable practices, your office will be green in no time!