As concerns over global warming increase and people are becoming more environmentally aware, many organisations are introducing greener policies and procedures into their offices as part of their corporate social responsibility remit.
HBOS, Co-operative Financial Services and the National Magazine Company are amongst the organisations that have gone green and all feature in the top 10 of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards 2008.
Going green doesn’t have to involve spending more money and in the majority of cases companies will actually save some cash.
With this in mind, here are 10 simple steps to a greener office:
1. Ensure that all electrical equipment and appliances are switched off overnight and at weekends. This includes computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, kettles etc.
2. Use a Fax to Email (http://www.windsor-telecom.co.uk/fax-to-email.php) service instead of a traditional fax machine.Fax to Email works in conjunction with non-geographic telephone numbers (0845 numbers, 03 numbers etc.) This allows you to receive all your faxes to a nominated email account. This way you will not waste paper as you can print only the faxes you need and you will save money on inks and maintenance costs.
3. Buy recycled paper.
4. Reduce hardcopies of documents wherever possible.
5. Instead of throwing away misprints or unneeded printed pages, use them as rough paper around the office.
6. Buy an office plant – a green plant will produce more oxygen for the office.
7. Use window blinds to prevent heat leakage in winter and keep you cool in the summer.
8. Have separate recycling bins for bottles and cans.
9. Encourage employees to car share or, even better, promote a cycle to work scheme. UK Government figures show that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are a result of road transport.
10. Offer statements online. Save paper by giving your customers the option of viewing their statements online – this will also save money.
As you can see, many of the above suggestions are minor changes but they can have a major impact on the environment, staff morale and on budgets, which makes going green the new black.
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