Going green in the new year

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There’s no better time than the new year to transform your office into an ecological, environmentally-friendly space. 

While there are initial up-front costs of switching to green, the long-term savings will be substantial and you will also be reducing your carbon footprint which is great for everyone! 

Consider implementing the following changes: 

Go paperless 

Reducing paper use and printing is great for the environment and will save you money in buying paper, printing, and administration costs if you end up automating processes that you would otherwise need an employee to do, such as filing. 

Save energy 

Switch to more energy efficient products through: 

  • Replacing lighting with LED lighting 
  • Taking advantage of natural lighting 
  • Turning off appliances at the powerpoint at the end of the day 
  • Sell a product that is green 

Not only can you alter office practices, but you can also adopt more environmentally-friendly business practices, such as sourcing products from an underprivileged community, or partnering with a charity and donating a percentage of profits to said charity. This is a great way to bring in more customers and keep them loyal to the business, making you more money in the long run. 

Encouraging smart commuting 

Provide incentives to employees who ride, take public transport or carpool to work. 

Lead by example 

The best way to encourage your employees to practice green behaviours is to set a standard for them to follow. An example of how to do this is by using and encouraging keep cups for takeaway coffee and reducing plastic packaging. 

Cristy Houghton