If you follow us on Twitter (wink, wink, nudge nudge), you will have noticed our team’s commitment to sustainable living. In #plasticfreeJuly, we shared the various water bottles our team use to avoid single-use plastic. As many of us return to the office this month, we have created a simple guide on the ways in which you can help to create an eco-friendlier workspace for you and your team.
1. Go Digital
The pandemic has shown us how the digital transformation has enabled us to work remotely and safely. But the digital transformation has other benefits for the environment and your business. As we move to more online platforms, a significant reduction in paper waste can be achieved. Go digital, go paperless.
2. Office Plants
Plants brighten up any space, be it in the home or the office. They add a great bit of character to any room. But, if you rewind to your school days, you may recall that clever process of photosynthesis that removes pollutants such as carbon dioxide from the air. Not only does this help the environment but it also makes the air in your office much more pleasant!
3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We know this one sounds obvious but has an office have you considered how you dispose of your e-waste and where you source new IT from? Our client Stone Group recycle and refurbish IT that is available for purchase. This helps to reduce the amount of e-waste that is becoming an ever-evolving problem as we progress further into the digital transformation.
4. Eco-friendly Gifting
Be it Christmas, client anniversaries or company birthdays, client gifting can be an exciting part of business. But don’t get too carried away! When you gift, think sustainably. Purchase plastic-free gifts, use recyclable wrapping paper, buy up-cycled products or helpful reusable products that encourage others to live more sustainably such as tote bags, metal straws, reusable bottles or low-waste toiletries. You could even help others by making a charitable donation to a cause close to your recipient.
5. Minimise Orders
Always surprised when a packet of pens come in a gigantic box? We’ve all been there. To help reduce the amount of waste your office produces try to get savvy with orders. Minimise the number of small, inefficient orders you place and ensure you stock up on office necessities in one simple order to avoid wasted packaging. Or think about buying these items on the local high street to avoid packaging altogether (and get some steps in at the same time).