7 Steps To An Environmentally Friendly Workplace

There are several advantages to adopting sustainable procedures in your company. 

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  • Reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

    A work environment that uses energy efficient lighting, for example, will be less reliant on fossil fuels and will produce fewer harmful emissions.
  • Conserve natural resources.

    For example, using recycled materials in the office or installing water-saving devices in toilets and sinks can greatly reduce the amount of raw materials needed to run an office.

    This saves money, reduces waste, and conserves precious natural resources for future generations.
  • Encourages a positive work culture where employees are more likely to feel proud of their workplace and more motivated to do their best.

    An office with green policies in place is often seen as being progressive and forward-thinking, which can attract top talent.
  • Boost employee productivity.

    Studies have shown that employees who work in a green office are often more productive than those who don’t.

    This is likely due to the fact that they feel healthier and more comfortable in their surroundings.
  • Sends a strong message to clients and customers that your company cares about sustainability and the environment.

    92% of Consumers are more likely to trust brands that are environmentally or socially concerned, according to a study done by CSR in the USA.

    This can help to build brand loyalty and create a positive reputation for your business.

Here are five easy ways to make your workplace more environmentally friendly.

This can be achieved in a number of different ways, and by following these 7 steps you can start to make a real difference:

1. Recycle as much as possible – 

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This means plastic, paper, glass and metal products should all be recycled whenever possible. You can invest in recycling bins at strategic locations around your workplace so that people have easy access to them.

2. Turn off lights and electronics when they are not being used – 

This helps save energy, which reduces your carbon footprint and helps conserve resources for future generations. It’s also good practice if someone needs to go out for a few minutes or leave their desk for an extended period of time.

3. Bring your own mug or water bottle to work – 

This helps reduce the amount of waste that is produced from disposable cups and bottles. Plus, it’s better for the environment and your wallet in the long run!

4. Use public transport, walk or cycle when possible – 

This has a number of benefits including reducing pollution and traffic congestion. It’s also a great way to fit some exercise into your daily routine.

5. Encourage carpooling – 

If you have to drive to work, see if you can carpool with colleagues or friends. This cuts down on emissions and can also be “more economical for everyone involved.”, says an exterminator from Black Pest Management from Newcastle

6. Buy eco-friendly office supplies – 

“There are now many products available that are made from recycled or sustainable materials”, suggests A1 Promotions, “which is better for the environment and your bank balance.”

You can also use these products to show others in your workplace why green initiatives are important and how they can get involved.

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7. Become a member of an environmental organisation – 

There are lots of great organisations out there, such as Greenpeace or the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), who promote environmental initiatives and encourage their members to take action to protect the planet.

Becoming a member not only shows your support for these causes, but also “helps raise awareness among colleagues, family and friends.” says a masseuse from Capital Wellness.

An environmentally friendly workplace is important for many reasons. By taking steps to make your office more sustainable, you can help to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources, while also boosting employee productivity and creating a positive brand image for your business. 

By following these tips, you can make your workplace more environmentally friendly and help contribute to the greater good!​

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