Every effort to reduce the waste humans create on earth is a positive step in the right direction. Limiting what you throw out can also help you save money, as you can reuse items instead of purchasing for single use again and again. Once you become accustomed to thinking about what you’re buying in supermarkets, it’s then easy to reconsider and choose more environmentally friendly options, like refusing to buy plastics and opting for glass instead and metal items instead. Running an office involves much the same processes of only cooperating with similarly conscious companies to make customer and client demand for “green” practices and products, and saving on water and electricity usage.
Don’t throw something out with the trash if you can easily use it again. Before throwing items away, ask yourself “can I use this again?” and “does someone else still have use for this?” If the answer is a “yes,” then you should keep hold of it to use at a later date. Save all of the paper and cardboard your office uses and unpacks, and stockpile it into stacks using baling wire from Baling Wire Direct, and then having it removed in order to be disposed of sensibly and responsibly. Ensure that waste paper baskets and recycling bins are placed in appropriate places, like next to the photocopier and near the staffroom.
Throw organic matter into a small metal bin to allow it to rot into organic detritus – perfect for feeding plants and for using in your yard to encourage growth of other organisms. Place one of these in the staffroom at work, and then use the compost created to feed the office plants. If you haven’t yet got plants and flowers in your home and workspace, then now is the time to place several around to enjoy better purer air quality and circulation.
Reuse glass, plastic, and paper wherever you can. So much paper is wasted if it doesn’t look quite right, or if it’s crinkled. Don’t forget to add paper to the recycling bin and compact it by keeping it flat rather than rolling it into balls. Once you’re finished with plastic pots, wash them and save them with the intention of using them for storage and food transport for going to work and packed lunches.
Save money on your electricity and water bills by refraining from leaving appliances on overnight and on standby when they’re not being used. Electricity meters soon add up, so ensure that your staff know to turn devices off at the plug, and to avoid using company sockets to charge personal devices such as mobile phones and tablets unless it’s absolutely necessary.
As a manager, you’re in charge of educating your staff and setting an example. Use your position of influence to educate others of your cause, and tell them just how important saving energy and conserving the stores is to maintaining and sustaining life on earth. Tell your kids about the dangers associated with single-use plastic and suggest how they can do their bit. Consider offering incentives to members of staff that go above and beyond to help the company become more environmentally friendly.