Having observed Earth Day on 22 April, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how your business can go green. You don’t have to implement huge changes to see a difference and the benefits can far outweigh the efforts. Want to reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint at the same time? Here are our five top tips for a more eco-friendly workplace.
Shut it down
After a long day in the office, it can be easy to forget to shut your computer down but, according to Global Action Plan, computers and similar technologies account for three to four per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. If you fail to flick the power switch at home time and you’re a nine to five worker, that’s 16 hours a day that your computer is using wasted energy. Do the planet (and the office’s electricity bill) a favour and turn it off.
Recycle your rubbish
Admit it, we’ve all been guilty of throwing recyclables in the general bin rather than separating them out. The best solution is to make it as convenient to recycle your rubbish – remove individual desk bins and replace them with communal recycling bins. This should remove the temptation of just easily throwing something away and save it from landfill.
Think before you drink
While we would never suggest ditching your caffeine fix at work, there are ways to make your drink rounds more environmentally friendly. The Energy Saving Trust concluded that if we only boiled as much water as we needed each time rather than filling the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to run nearly half of the UK’s street lighting! Bonus eco points if you’re also using Fair Trade tea and coffee.
Improve your office’s eco karma in minutes by simply updating your email signatures. A simple ‘Please consider the environment before printing’ will do the trick by making others think twice about printing off your email. It could even encourage others to follow suit once they see your green tag line! While we’re on that subject…
Offices tend to go through paper at a rapid rate – on average, a single employee uses 10,000 sheets of paper in just one year, so it is worth identifying ways to save a few trees! In 2015, after supply chain solutions company Yearsley Group identified the need for a more environmentally friendly payroll solution, we implemented our Flexipay system. Among other benefits such as giving employees the power to perform more of their own admin tasks, Flexipay enables the digital provision of payslips as opposed to paper copies.