Many of us spend our days in the workplace, and you can make a big difference by striving for a more eco-friendly workday routine. While not all workplaces are particularly eco-conscious, you can still do your part to implement changes to reduce your carbon footprint. You can also practice these things when working from home.
Here are some tips for a greener workday!
Traveling to work every day can mean a large carbon footprint, and there are several things you can do to lessen this environmental impact. Consider alternatives such as public transportation, carpooling, walking, or biking (or using an electric bike). Another possibility is purchasing a smaller car, or an electric or hybrid vehicle.
Reduce paper use
Some offices have a paperless system in place already, but you can minimize how often you print on paper. You can also reduce how much you print by using both sides, printing multiple pages on one page, or other strategies such as digital tools.
Recycle & compost
Even if your office does not offer recycling, you can save items to recycle, such as paper or plastic containers. You can also save compostable items such as banana peels, apple cores, etc.
Foods & drinks
Consider your food and drink containers at work. Use reusable water bottles, travel mugs for coffee, reusable straws, etc. instead of single use cups or plastic straws. For foods, use reusable containers, preferably glass or stainless. Try to reduce packaging by packaging your own snacks, versus buying prepackaged snack size items. If you eat out during the day, bring reusable straws or silverware when possible.
Eco-friendly office supplies
There are many office products to choose from that are eco-friendly, such as recycled paper, recycled pens, refillable supplies, etc.
It is good to save on energy use when possible. While you may not be able to change out the lights in your workplace, you can opt for a desk lamp that has an led light, or reduce your use of lights overall.
Plants are a great way to brighten your workspace and also to improve air quality.