On the heels of World Environment Day and with environmentalism more of a pressing global issue than ever, it’s important to take some time to reflect on ways we can make a difference individually – and this includes our habits in the office. It may not have occurred to you to consider this before, but there are many ways you can reduce your impact just by being a bit more mindful at work. Here’s how:
This one’s great because there are numerous ways you can save paper. Don’t print stuff that you don’t really need, and if you absolutely have to print something out, consider using the backside of old scratch paper or printing on both sides. If you can, reduce the font size so that your documents are shorter. And ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS recycle!
Many offices come with your standard water cooler, but much to environmentalists’ chagrin, many more offices are beginning to stock their kitchenettes with bottled water. While it’s important to stay hydrated as you while away the hours at your desk, be a bit more environmentally conscious. Bring your own water bottle and spare all those paper cups or plastic bottles you would have gone through otherwise.
It’s tempting to leave your computer on at the end of the day so that you can keep up documents and Internet windows that you’re going to use the following morning, but try to suck it up and turn it off. Save your work and bookmark what you’ll need to look at later, and you’ll spend very little extra effort the next day, all the while saving a considerable amount of energy. Also make it a point to turn off lights when they’re not in use, whether this be in a conference room, bathroom, or your office when you’re going out to lunch.
Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is by commuting to work in a responsible manner. Talk to your office buddies about setting up a carpool – which is a much better way to start your day than braving the horrendous traffic on your own. Or better still, take the bus or walk to the office if you’re close enough. In addition to creating less pollution, you’ll also spend less on gas and won’t have to worry about parking.
One of the greatest joys of finishing your workday is the moment you step outside and enjoy the fresh air. So remember to give a little back while you’re enduring the daily grind and make more Earth friendly choices!
Have a beautiful day,
The Doostang Team