A huge amount of energy is required to power offices all over the world, every single day.
This can have devastating impacts on the environment, so businesses are facing more pressure than ever to adopt more eco-friendly practices in their companies.
However, there are lots of simple changes that business owners can make to provide a more environmentally-friendly work environment.
Encourage Green Transport To Work
Even if your team is small, the impact of your employees travelling long distances in cars can have significant negative impacts on the environment over time.
Cars produce harmful emissions which damage the environment, so it is important to encourage your employees to use alternative green transport to get to work.
To do this, you can implement a cycle-to-work scheme and give your team discounts on bikes and equipment to encourage them to make the transition from car to bike.
Not only will this benefit the environment, but it also promotes a healthier lifestyle.
Food waste produces a large amount of the harmful greenhouse gas methane which contributes to global warming.
Businesses can limit the amount of food waste they produce by running internal initiatives like selling leftover canteen food for a reduced price or a noticeboard for staff to share out-of-date food to save it from the bin.
Use Natural Light
Utilising natural light is a great way to save energy in your business. Ensure natural light floods your office space through windows and doors, and don’t obstruct light with large pieces of furniture or tech.
You can also paint walls bright colours so that they reflect light around the space.
Consider using motion-sensitive lighting where natural light isn’t possible as these only turn on when needed, which can save lots of energy.
Nowadays, there is no need to use paper in the office. Documents and banking can all be accessed online now, so going paperless is an easy and effective way of creating a more environmentally-friendly workplace.
Use Recycled Furniture
If your office has an outside space, it is a great idea to invest in some recycled, environmentally-friendly furniture.
At Devon Contract Waste, we offer commercial handmade recycled plastic furniture built to survive all weathers. We also plant 1 tree for every bench sold too!
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