Green your workplace

Energy efficiency and sustainable consumption are key to greening your workplace. Try these handy tips to reduce the environmental impact of your business.

  1. Set up a Green Action Team
  2. Establish a project team of 3-5 staff members.
  3. Agree a realistic target, such as increased recycling rates or switching off monitors and lights.
  4. Secure management support through one-to-one meetings.
  5. Launch your initiative with a green quiz or fun activity at a staff meeting.
  6. Put up posters with green facts and tips around the building.
  7. Ask staff to volunteer as a 'green ambassador' for their floor or team.
  8. Use meetings or a newsletter to regularly update staff.
  9. Use launch momentum to drive the next action.
  10. Run green inductions for new staff and volunteers. Offer a green incentive eg cloth bag.
  11. Extend inductions to existing staff.

Easy ways to cut waste

1. Keep bins away from desks.

2. Organize a simple recyclable system.

3. Buy recycled goods such as stationery, toilet paper, etc.

4. Replace disposable products with reusable equivalents - e.g. drinking cups, hand towels, cutlery etc.

5. If you can't avoid disposables, recycle them.

Think before you print

1. Use recycled paper.

2. Set double-sided printing and photocopying as defaults.

3. Consider whether you need to print every document.

4. Put up signs to make people think before they print.

5. Reuse paper used on one side for printing or scrap paper.

6. Recycle paper products Reuse envelopes.

7. Set up recycling facilities on each floor.

8. Use separate containers for white paper, mixed paper, glass, cans and aluminum foil.

Energy - use less, use renewable

1. Switch off lights when you leave rooms and the office.

2. Turn off your monitor when you leave your desk.

3. Make sure the last person out turns off the photocopier.

4. Brainstorm other energy saving ideas.

5. Use energy-saving bulbs. Choose more energy efficient appliances

6. Switch to a green supplier.

Consider your travel needs

1. Inspire your staff to find the greenest way to work.

2. Offer loans for season tickets or bicycles.

3. Get memberships to cycle rentals.

4. Provide a shed or other safe place for bikes.

5. Review travel policy and ensure that travel for meetings is low-carbon.

6. Use 'green' taxi firms.

7. Encourage travel by train or bus.

8. Use video / call conferencing to avoid trips and save money.

9. If you need to travel, take the train instead of flying short haul.

Save water

Heat only as much water as you need for tea and coffee.

1. Mark kettles to show the water needed per cup.

2. Put 'hippos' in cisterns to reduce water used in non-dual flush toilets.                   Alternatively, fill a plastic bottle and put it in the cistern.

3. Opt for dual-flush systems if replacing toilets.

4. Replace taps with low-water-flow controls such as spray taps.

5. Consider waterless urinals

6. .Cut plastic and chemicals.

7. Consider greener supplies for soap, cleaning products, etc. Order refillable containers.

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