Going Green in Your Office for Earth Day – 3 Easy Steps

Published on April 8, 2024

Sustainability is a worthy goal, and isn’t difficult to achieve. Here’s some pointers for going green in your office.

Waste Audit

The first action your business should do is to carry out a waste audit. Performing a walkthrough of your office operations to determine what and how much is being thrown away can be a straightforward approach to accomplish this. You can seek for ways to reuse or even cut down on waste if you have a better understanding of what is being thrown out in your business. You can even obtain a Waste Audit worksheet from the Environmental Protection Agency to assist you in this process. It should be easy for you to identify areas where you can adopt basic eco-friendly practices.

Additionally, they provide a program called WasteWise that assists businesses in identifying areas where they may cut back on their environmental effect while simultaneously saving money. This success story demonstrates how the WasteWise program helped a small firm save over $300,000 by lowering disposal costs.SolidWasteDistrict.com states that waste audits for offices with 20 or fewer workers usually take one to five hours. Businesses employing twenty or more workers usually require a full day or a full workweek.

Sustainable Products

Purchasing sustainable goods produced by businesses that follow sustainable practices is another choice that is abundant. One great resource for green office equipment is the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, which lists many options including recyclable or refillable toner cartridges and printers that adhere to Energy Star standards. While the EPA has a program called Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) that assists businesses in making cost savings when buying green office supplies, green office products typically cost around 5% more than standard office supplies.

New Lighting

Whenever possible, try to utilize LED light bulbs instead of conventional ones like fluorescent and incandescent ones because they are more environmentally friendly, less hazardous, and energy efficient. Compared to conventional bulbs, LEDs can be up to 80% more efficient and have the significant advantage of converting a higher percentage of energy into light. Moreover, they don’t include any poisonous materials like fluorescents, which can be particularly dangerous when it comes time to dispose of them.

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