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5 Ways to Embrace the “Green Lifestyle” at Work

Posted by: on September 22, 2016 in employee relations

shutterstock_425705176 Today, businesses are all about the green. Not cold hard cash, but about ‘going green’. More and more businesses are joining the green movement and taking strides to reduce their carbon footprint. Even companies like Amazon, Disney, and Coca Cola have made efforts to incorporate green practices in their facilities and offices. You may think that going green is a lot more effort than it is worth, but it does not have to be expensive or complicated; it is easier than you think. All it takes is a few minor changes to make your office a more environmentally friendly place. If it seems overwhelming – do not worry. We have complied five easy ways you can help your company go green: 1. Commute Green If you only work a few miles from the office, considering biking or walking there instead of driving there. While you save money on gas expenses, you will also get in some exercise and help the environment. Still have to drive? Try getting a carpool together with co-workers who live close by. Not only do you reduce the amount of CO2 that is produced, you can save money by splitting gas costs. Or if you are in the market for a new car try switching to a hybrid. Hybrids use significantly less fuel than traditional cars and have a much smaller carbon footprint. 2. Energy Saver There are dozens of ways to save energy around your office. It can be something as simple as turning off lights when they are no longer needed to unplugging unused electronics. Setting your computer to power saving mode and completely shutting it down when you leave can also make a huge difference. You could even take it a step further and invest in energy saving appliances for your break area. By implementing these practices you can save money on your energy bill as well. 3. Waste Not, Want Not Rather than constantly buying disposable Styrofoam or plastic cups, try to buy branded reusable water bottles or travel mugs for your employees. These items can be washed over and over again, and have a much longer life than disposable cups. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to go green at work. Paper, plastic, ink cartridges and aluminum are commonly found items in your office that can be recycled. Setting up recycling bins and encouraging employees to discard their trash in the appropriate bins helps the environment and even has cash incentives. You can use this extra cash for things like a company lunch or donate it to your favorite charity. 4. Make the Switch There are dozens of ways to make the switch from regular office supplies to ‘green’ alternatives. For instance, why spend time and money on printing and shredding copies when you can go paperless? By utilizing cloud storage or a company wide network, file sharing and storing is easier than ever. Not only do you save trees, you can save time by having documents readily available for anyone with access to the cloud. If you absolutely need to print consider using recycled paper or print using both sides. Stores also sell recycled ink cartridges, which helps to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable items in landfills. Another way to make your office a ‘greener’ space would be to change out you light bulbs. Change out your old filament bulbs for CFL or LED bulbs instead. CFL and LED light bulbs are more energy efficient and last 10 times longer than filament bulbs, which can lead to huge savings on your energy bill. Lastly, switching to non-toxic or ‘green’ cleaning supplies, like hand or dish soap, reduces the amount of harmful chemicals in the air and is also much safer and gentler on the skin and eyes. 5. Conserve Water With only 2.5% of water in the world being drinkable, it is the single most valuable commodity out there. You can make a great impact on water conservation by changing up how you use it in the work place. Instead of purchasing bottled water, you can buy a water dispenser. Rather than wasting unused to leftover water, you can use it to water your plants. Try not to let the tap run while you wash your hands and shut it off until needed. If your company is really looking to make an impact, they can try adjusting the flow and pressure of the water or purchasing low flow toilets and sinks. By introducing these new additions into the workplace, you can make a positive impact on the environment and teaches employees to be more environmentally conscious and responsible. This provides a great opportunity to be a leader in your community and inspire other businesses to go green as well. Emplicity understands that HR Outsourcing should be simple and meaningful. As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), we strive to be a great partner in supporting your business. If you would like to request more information on how we can assist your needs, please reach out to us at 877-476-2339. We are located in California – Orange County, Los Angeles, and the greater Sacramento and San Francisco area.