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7 practices to make your business environmentally friendly

04th June 2018 | GDPR | Insights

In today’s climate it’s important for many companies to show they’re taking a conscientious approach when it comes to the amount of energy and resources they consume. That’s why we thought it might be helpful to highlight some environmentally friendly office practices which could prove very effective for your business…

 

No more handouts

How many times have you turned up at a meeting and been bombarded with masses of paper handouts? Probably more often than you’d like.

Printing is an essential part of office life, but there is a time and a place for everything and group sessions at work are the perfect opportunity to make use of more economic (and visually impressive) alternatives such as HD projectors or interactive whiteboards.

So, next time you find yourself tasked with heading a big meeting or presentation, avoid doing things the old fashioned way and using up half of your office’s paper and toner supplies – look to the future instead.

 

Always recycle

According to research, the average person generates just under 2kg of waste every day, and about half of that waste comes in the form of various paper products (printed paper, envelopes etc.) With almost 1kg of paper waste per office worker being produced every working day, it’s obvious that every workplace should have a designated recycling point.

These days there are plenty of environmentally friendly office recycling solutions available and most are relatively easy to set up, from paper and card recycling bins to printer toner recycling services.

 

Go green with greenery

A few plants dotted around the office might seem like an insignificant addition, but numerous studies have actually shown that having natural greenery in the workplace can boost productivity, and also reduce stress and sickness.

One 2010 study by the University of Technology in Sydney found a reported 37% drop in anxiety and tension after plants were introduced to an office space.

What’s more, plants serve as a natural air filter as they absorb carbon dioxide and other chemicals.

 

Two sides are better than one

As previously mentioned, the average office worker can generate a considerable amount of paper waste. While no one should expect businesses to be able to eradicate paper waste altogether, many offices could still cut their paper consumption in half by printing on both sides as opposed to just one.

All it takes is a simple implementation of a print rule, and duplex print can be enforced for certain document types or users; and you’ll be saving money as well as helping the environment.

 

Get up and go

Picture this; you complete a document, print said document, a colleague strikes up a conversation with you, you get sidelined by another job and before you know it you’ve completely forgotten about your document sitting on your printer. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Studies have shown up to 30% of printed documents are never collected and are simply discarded as waste by oblivious colleagues. That’s up to 0.3kg of wasted paper per person daily!

To combat this environmental and financial issue, many printers now include a function which requires you to activate the job at the device itself – not only does it save paper and toner, but it will help you achieve GDPR compliance as well.

 

Go casual, save energy (and money)

Casual Fridays are a great way to lift the mood and keep morale high at work before the weekend gets started. Some places even use Casual Fridays as a way to raise money for charity by having employees give a little change for the privilege.

As an added benefit for suit-wearing workers, going casual one day a week can save on the amount of dry cleaning – another energy-saver that also saves money.

 

Buses, trains and bicycles

One person commuting 10 miles per day by car, 5 days per week can produce between 1.4 tonnes and 3.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in a single year.

If you’re serious about doing your part for the environment, riding a bike or using public transport to get to work is one of the best things you can do.

Commuting to work by car might seem like the quickest and easiest option, but when you factor in the fuel costs and time spent sitting stationary in traffic, you may realise that cycling and public transport have a lot of benefits in comparison. For example, trains are much faster than cars, while buses and bicycles are often able to avoid traffic by using bus and cycle lanes.

 

United Carlton are proud to supply environmentally friendly solutions from manufacturers who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes and providing eco-friendly devices.

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