There has been much talk in recent years about the healthier and sustainable alternatives, whether it is buying organic and free trade goods, or making lifestyle changes to decrease ones biological footprint. This eco-conscious way of thinking has taken off and companies are now finding simple and innovative ways to go green. Going green is not only better for the environment, but it is a way for businesses to drastically improve their efficiency and could even lower operating costs. Many businesses are implementing green efforts into their daily operations as a way to gain competitive advantage by setting a positive example. Going green is in and you can’t afford to be left behind. Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to take a green initiative.
Check out these six tips that get you well on your way to transforming your office to a green working environment.
Tip 1: Buy remanufactured toner and ink cartridges
This is any easy step that will offer the same quality in printing and have a positive effect on the environment. It is said that each manufactured toner cartridge saves nearly half a gallon of oil and saves over two pounds of space in landfills.
Tip 2: Light your office efficiently
If the weather permits, you can save on energy costs by taking advantage of natural sunlight. Also, studies have shown that people who work under natural lighting are more productive and are generally happier than those who work under artificial lighting conditions. When selecting light bulbs, LED lights will not only help you cut costs by only using a fraction of the energy compared to incandescent bulbs, but their longer lifespan will keep you from constantly replacing bulbs.
Tip 3: Optimize new project management programs
These new programs are not only user friendly, but they will keep you on the cutting edge by allowing your office to go digital. Imagine all of the paper you can save by not having to print out employee documents and handouts!
Tip 4: Buy Recycled Paper
Simple changes can be made to stock your office with recycled paper towels, toilet paper, and printer paper. For presentational brochures, numerous paper vendors are beginning to sell reasonably priced post-consumer content paper.
Tip 5: Green-ify your office kitchen
Save money and shrink your office ecological footprint by having employees bring their own coffee mug to the office. Stock your office kitchen with reusable dishware instead of single use items. Also, take advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit of Austin by supporting local coffee shops and food vendors. Clients will be surely be impressed by the quality of these local products and it will give your business a touch of Austin flare.
Tip 6: Go green… literally
Try sprucing up your office space by placing plants in various spots throughout your office. Plants will not only add life to your office, they also absorb indoor pollution and make for a healthier working environment.
These are just a few of many low-cost, low maintenance steps you can take to green up your office. Of course, these do not all have to be done at once, but make it a point to set up a time-frame for the changes you would like to see. Pick a couple of these green alternatives at a time and stick to them.
Jan Triplett, Ph.D. and Chris Pasch, who also blog for the Business Bank of Texas, offered a guide called Easy to Be Green: A Guide for Small Enterprises in a recent blog post. Easy to be Green is a concise, informative, and cost effective guide to help transform the smallest business into an environmentally proactive powerhouse. Click here to download the ebook now.
For more tips on how to create your green Austin Office Space, check out another recent blog 10 Solutions for Running a Green Business to learn how to make your Commercial Real Estate in Austin a green environment.