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7 Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Office

By wizu | 23 October 2023

No matter the size of your company, we all share a common goal of creating a workspace that’s eco-friendly, benefiting both our immediate environment and our team. The great part is that making eco-conscious choices doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Small, everyday changes can have a big impact on our planet, especially when everyone on your team gets involved.

Go Paperless 

Printing in the office is no longer a must. In fact, it can be an unnecessary expense and energy drain. Surprisingly, printing accounts for 10% of all IT-related energy use. But there’s a straightforward solution: go paperless. Instead of printing, introduce virtual bulletin boards, newsletters, and e-invitations. This not only boosts efficiency but also significantly reduces your company’s daily waste.

Transition to Flexible Workspaces

As more companies adopt flexible work arrangements, traditional office spaces are becoming less necessary. Many offices have underutilised desks, meeting rooms, and spacious lobbies while employees enjoy remote work. Flexible office spaces, like those offered by Iconic Offices, provide shared breakout areas, private phone booths, and bookable meeting rooms to meet your team’s varied needs. Switching to a flexible workspace doesn’t just cut costs but also lessens your company’s carbon footprint.

The Power of Unplugging

Did you know that electronic devices continue to consume electricity even when they’re turned off? Office equipment like printers, monitors, and copiers draw power 24/7, even when they’re not in use. Encourage your team to unplug these larger devices at the end of each workweek and smaller ones every day. By motivating your team to unplug entirely at the end of the day, you can reduce your company’s energy consumption by a substantial 10%.

Eco-Friendly Coffee Cups

For many office workers, a visit to the local barista is a daily ritual. However, those disposable cups contribute significantly to our weekly waste. Encourage your staff to switch to reusable coffee cups to shrink the company’s carbon footprint. Many coffee shops offer discounts to customers with their own cups. You can even take it up a notch by introducing branded reusable coffee cups.

Sustainable Commuting

Choosing greener commuting options has a substantial impact on carbon emissions. Public transportation is not only better for the planet but also saves costs throughout the year. However, many commuters prefer the convenience of driving. You can motivate your team to choose eco-friendly transportation through friendly competition. Consider organising a week-long cycling or walking challenge or designate a specific day each week when everyone in the office uses public transport. You’ll be surprised at the effort people will put in when working toward a collective eco-friendly goal.

Support Local Food Providers

Having healthy snacks in the office is essential for keeping your team energised. Yet, international delivery services can significantly contribute to our carbon footprint. Many local businesses offer fresh fruit and snack deliveries right to your doorstep. By supporting these local vendors, you’re not only boosting your city’s economy but also reducing carbon emissions associated with goods transport.

Initiate a Sustainability Team

Bringing about significant change often requires a dedicated team. Sustainability committees are a fantastic way to put your eco-friendly ideas into action. Gather a group of like-minded environmentalists and start planning your company’s next steps toward ESG-focused initiatives. Together, you can make meaningful progress toward a more sustainable office environment.

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