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5 Ways to Make Your Office Greener

1. Recycle

We might as well start with the easiest and most obvious ways to go green. By setting up color recycling bins, you’ll grab the attention of employees and encourage them to do their part in responsibly disposing of paper, aluminum, plastic, glass and other items. Also consider utilizing separate bins for items such as toner cartridges and batteries.

2. Use Washable and Reusable Mugs or Glasses

Supplying your employees with reusable cups for water, coffee and tea is an excellent way to save resources. Consider this: an office of 15 people replacing their three paper cups every day with reusable cups would save 11,250 paper cups from being purchased and tossed. Not only does such a step save the company money, but it also saves space in your local landfill.

3. Give Preferred Parking to Eco-Friendly Modes of Transportation

Give privileged parking status to those who carpool or utilize environmentally responsible vehicles. Also, try providing a bike rack to encourage near-by employees to bike to work. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, finding modes of transportation other than automobiles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.

4. Utilize Energy-Saving Settings on All Electronics

Have computers set to go into sleep mode if left alone for 10 or 15 minutes. If possible, use motion sensors or timers on overhead lighting to preserve power and lower your electric bill.

5. Purchase Eco-Friendly Office Supplies

Many of today’s office supplies are made from reclaimed or recycled materials, so look for those when shopping for office supplies.

Remanufactured ink and toner also fall into this category. Remanufactured print cartridges will not only create some much needed space in your office supply budget, it also reduces your office's carbon footprint.