How to Create a Green, Eco-Friendly Office
Want to “go green” in your office? You don’t have to complete renovate your office to create an Eco-friendly environment. Making just a few small changes can yield BIG results. So if you’re looking to create green, Eco-friendly office, keep reading for some helpful tips.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting
One of the easiest ways to promote a green, Eco-friendly office is to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting. Although cheap, incandescent bulbs aren’t the best choice. They have a shorter lifespan and use more power than some of the newer solutions such as compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED). For this reason, it’s recommended that you stick with either CFL or LED lighting in your office, especially if you’re going for a green design.
Decorate with Plants
We’ve talked about this before on our blog, but plants are a great way to freshen indoor air. Strategically placing them throughout your office will improve the air quality by filtering impurities like dust, dirt, mold and even bacteria. And as a side benefit, plants have a unique aesthetic value, enhancing the decor with a touch of nature.
For a list of some of the top air-filtering plants, check out this NASA study.
Office managers should encourage workers to recycle their plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Assuming you have a break room in your office, try placing a few recycling bins nearby. When workers are given the option of using a trash can or recycling bin, most will choose the latter. You may even find some waste management/recycling companies that will pick up your recycled material at no additional charge.
It takes roughly 12 full-sized trees to make just one ton of paper, according to BizJournals. Being that paper is a necessity in the office, you can’t necessarily skip this item. You can, however, choose recycled paper instead of traditional, non-recycled paper. Recycled paper is made from used materials like old corrugated containers (OCC), magazines, newspaper and other scrap paper. Using it instead of traditional paper will give you peace of mind knowing that you are contributing to an Eco-friendly office.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If your office doesn’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This otherwise simple HVAC accessory will allow you to schedule when the heating/air turns off and when it turns on. When your office is closed and everyone has left, you can program the heating and air to turn off.