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Published on December 11th, 2013 | by admin

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How Green Is Your Office? It’s Time To Reduce, Reuse And Recycle

Do you think your office is environmentally friendly? The answer is likely to be yes, but only to a point. The truth is, whilst for instance for most of us probably have paper recycling facilities in the office, there is still plenty of scope for improvement.

And the good news is that even taken small measures can make a huge difference. Even on standby, printers and photocopiers consume energy. By switching them off overnight, a saving per hour can be made of 0.5kg of carbon dioxide a week.

Office equipment alone typically accounts for more than 20% of the energy used in most offices, sometimes up to 70%! According to Avery, just switching off one computer monitor at night can save enough energy to print up to 800 pages of Avery  labels.

So how can we all take steps to have a more eco-friendly, green office?

  1. Provide sturdy and clearly marked storage containers for reusable envelopes, cardboard and jiffy bags
  2. Put plants in the office to reduce air pollution and toxins
  3. Provide a collection point for used inks and toners as well as batteries and find out how your local council disposes of them safely
  4. Provide suitable containers for composting food waste
  5. Buy office equipment with an Energy Star label which shows that a product has achieved energy efficiency standards set by the EU
  6. When sourcing new IT equipment, look for multifunction machines instead of individual faxes, printers, scanners and copier
  7. Provide recycling bins in the office for paper, plastic, aluminum drinks cans and glass
  8. Publicise your organisation’s environmental policy internally
  9. Set printer settings to only print double-sided and don’t use full colour unless necessary
  10. When sending out a mailer, make sure your mailing list is up-to-date, removing duplicate addresses
  11. Lighting accounts for about one third of office electricity use, so remember to switch off lights at night

Replenish office supplies by sourcing environmentally friendly products. As well as paper you can buy recycled pens, pencils, notepads, letter trays, desk accessories and waste bins to name just a few

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