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5 Ways Your Office Can Be More Environmentally Friendly

As we get deeper into the 2021 year, we have seen COVID-related restrictions lifted for various industries. While some have shifted over to a hybrid work model which continues to involve some degree of a remote workforce, some are opting to return to the workplace. This opens the opportunity to evaluate current workplace operations and assess what can be done to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Often, environmental changes don’t necessarily need to be big-picture to make a big impact. Smaller, consistent changes to everyday practices can often lead to consistent long-term results. Here are 5 changes to consider.

1. Clean out your supplies closet.

A little spring cleaning is always helpful. Often, organizations are subscribed to office supply suppliers that end up piling up in a closet somewhere. Take note of everything you have and set up a system or tracking sheet to keep track of what gets used the most and what does not. This information can help you going forward with ordering what is necessary and nothing more. Additionally, you can always opt for switching over to supplies that are known for using recycled materials and less energy to produce.

2. Replace disposable with reusable.

Many offices have disposable products that can be replaced with reusable ones. Water cups, coffee cups, plates, and utensils in an office kitchen can be replaced with something re-usable. You can also encourage employees to bring in their coffee mugs and water bottles or even take it to the next level and provide company-branded mugs and cups for them to use. Similarly, encouraging employees to refill their water bottles with company-provided water fountains/coolers is a good way to discourage the use of disposable cups.

3. Evaluate your waste management procedures. 

If your organization does not have a recycling program, it may be time to put one in place. Supplying recycling bins and teaching your employees how to properly dispose of waste is a good place to start. Local programs are also available that set composting and recycling services for you on-site and even pick up the waste on a scheduled basis.

4. Switch to paperless solutions 

Switching your HR processes over to a digitally based platform can help you save paper, time, and money. By transferring all your data to a digital format, you can integrate the information across platforms, eliminating duplicate entry and reducing overall errors and costs associated.

5. Make it fun.

Company green events can be great team bonding events. You can set up a neighborhood clean-up day or partner with a local organization to help with an event and get your team involved as volunteers. You can also involve your employees more by letting them choose what organizations you collaborate with.

Ultimately, each organization will have a different green journey that is unique to its brand and internal culture.

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