How many of you work in an office? How many of you have to constantly submit a report update, a new draft, or an additional reply to a memo? How many times do you have to redo something you have already done? I am sure the amount is far more times that any of us would like. Did you know that these simple acts of repetition can be costing the company thousands of dollars as well as increase their negative impact on the environment? Here are 5 ways you can do your part at work to improve the budget and limit your impact:
- Create a recycling program. Almost all kinds of office paper can be recycled. This is also true of plastic, aluminum, and cardboard. If your office doesn’t already recycle, contact your local recycling agency and find out what needs to be done to get started.
- Use recycled products. There is no point in recycling if you don’t buy recycled products. Manufacturers of recycled goods need to be supported in order to stay in business. Everything from paper to envelopes to facial tissue can be bought in a recycled form. Next time you go to order supplies for your office, make sure to pick the green options.
- Conserve paper. Find paperless ways to communicate. It’s funny, we live in a technological world and yet we seem to duplicate everything we do electronically on paper. Use email programs, the phone, and video conferencing to discuss items with people. Save your used paper for scrap notes instead of buying sticky notes.
- Recycle old office equipment. When it comes time to replace those computers, cell phones, PDA’s and pagers, recycle them. Many local recycling companies and retailers, including Staples, offer easy programs for recycling equipment. If there isn’t one in your area see if you can donate them to a charity or to a half way house. This is way better than having them carried off to the dump.
- Recycle empty ink and toner cartridges. Not only can you recycle equipment, but you can also recycle cartridges. Staples collects them and gives you $2 back in rewards.
So next time you are headed into the office, take a look around and see if there are ways you can cut costs and save the planet.
Does your workplace have a recycle programs? Is it popular with staff? How do you feel about being a part of one? Please share.