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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Shirkey

5 Easy Changes Toward an Eco-Conscious Office

Every day, people visit their work environments, whether it is a home office, work building, or another professional area. This is a prime reason to keep the space clean, healthy, and inviting to all staff and guests. Now is one of the best times to make this transition due to the limited capacity allowed in some areas.

Offices around the world are becoming more eco-conscious every day and we would like to help guide you in that direction as well! Making this change can seem intimidating. Fortunately, small changes can make huge differences in how your office space contributes to helping the environment and keeping your staff healthy.

Go Paperless

There are many ways to reduce the use of paper in an office space. Printed documents account for 90% of all office waste in the U.S. and in such a digital age it is one of the easiest issues to eliminate. Transitioning to digital cloud storage services, paperless invoices, pay stubs, and reviewing documents on-screen are all options that will drastically reduce the use of paper. Taking advantage of the electrical services offered can also result in less of a burden for paperwork tasks. These small changes will reduce your company’s carbon footprint and can increase overall efficiency.

Additionally, this helps keep everyone safer with the current pandemic. This allows less interaction between people by sending papers virtually instead. Thus, creating a safe environment for you and your coworkers.

Adjust Your Lighting

LED light bulbs use 75% less energy than standard light bulbs and provide the same amount of light. Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs will drastically decrease energy use through the lighting in your office. Turning off lights in rooms you don't use in your office areas is also an easy habit to create to save energy. This is more eco-conscious, but also saves you money if you run the business!

Another effort in adjusting your lighting is to install motion censored lighting in rooms such as bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, etc. Small adjustments like these can greatly improve energy efficiency in your office.

Bring Plants Indoors

Desk plants clean and improve the quality of air in the office. In workplaces with more natural light, the incorporation of plants will produce a cleaner and more positive work environment. Encourage your employees to contribute by bringing plants to the office and using them as decoration throughout the area. This can also create a sense of community within your work environment by having a common ground for coworkers.

Incorporate Recycling

Try adding a recycling system to your offices. When people are throwing away trash, add a system that divides everything between plastic, glass, etc. This makes it easy to encourage your coworkers/employees to start recycling without much thought. People prefer changes to be easy, and this makes it simple.

Use Environmentally Friendly Products

From printing to coffee to cleaning the office, you should aim to use environmentally friendly products. Working toward a more digital-based system is the best alternative but when necessary, buying and using recycled paper is a way to keep the office eco-conscious. Maintaining a clean environment is important for a productive and healthy work environment. Hiring an eco-friendly cleaning service is the optimal way to keep your office space consistently clean while keeping staff away from harmful chemicals and harsh smells when arriving at work.

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