Many work places today are joining the trend of going green. Green offices were just ideas of the past but now they are everywhere and their number is growing. There are different reasons why offices are going green. First, they want to save energy and resources. Many companies are affected with the recession and they are still coping up. They want to save cash by cutting their expenses in different ways which include making their work place more green. Another reason is to make the image of their company as green as possible. Young generation of employees like to work in green offices and hate big fat polluters for various reasons. Moreover, many clients or customers love doing business with green companies. Many offices are also going green to get green certifications and accreditation that would help their business in various ways. Many office managers can execute various ways on how to turn their work places more green.
Replacing Old Pieces of Equipment
Old equipment should be replaced with energy-efficient equipment to cut electricity bills and carbon emission. New pieces of equipment don't only conserve energy but can also increase office productivity. They have features that will help employees do their work faster and easier. Many working hours were wasted due to old equipment not working properly and so much money spent for its frequent repair. Don't immediately look at a brand new equipment as expense but also as long-term investment. It will help you save energy, reduce carbon footprint, and improve office productivity in the long run.
Recycling Electronic Equipment
Disposing old and destroyed pieces of electronic equipment is a problem of many work places today. These pieces of equipment could not be just thrown away like any ordinary trash because they pose environmental and health hazards. They contain toxic chemicals and non biodegradable materials that are hazardous to both the environment and living organisms. In some places, dumping of electronic equipment to landfills or elsewhere could be illegal. The best way to dispose electronic equipment is to recycle them. Look at local recycling centers in your area and ask them if they are accepting the electronic equipment you want to dispose. Some recyclers will charge you for picking up your electronic equipment while others will not charge you. Browse yellow pages or the internet to look up the contact number of recyclers near you. Don't forget to contact your local waste division if they are accepting your electronic or electric equipment for recycling. Among the pieces of electronic equipment that you can recycle are printers, printer cartridges, computer hardware, telephone units, etc.
Thousands of trees are cut every minute to meet the global demand for paper. Many of these trees took decades to grow and mature but took only few minutes to cut by loggers. Deforestation of forests and mountains for paper production has resulting environmental impact like floods and landslides. Your office can do its part in reducing deforestation by using paper responsibly. You can maximize the use of each paper by practicing duplex printing or printing at both sides of the paper. Many multifunction printers has duplex printing feature that you can easily set up when printing. Old papers with no print on one side can be reused in printing personal or internal documents or as scratch papers for different purposes. Avoid printing documents in large font sizes to reduce paper usage. You can also sell used papers to paper recyclers. These used papers will be deinked and processed to make new paper.
Use Remanufactured Printer Cartridges
One way to cut printing cost and help the environment is by using remanufactured printer cartridges. These cartridges are made from empty printer cartridges that have been cleaned, repaired, and refilled with brand new ink or laser toner to work again. Since they use little raw materials unlike OEM cartridges, they are cheaper and environment friendly. Remanufactured cartridges can be as much as 75% cheaper than OEM cartridges. They are environment friendly because they are reused instead of being dumped in landfills. Millions of tons of printer cartridges are dumped in landfills annually. This volume can be reduced if cartridges are recycled and remanufactured cartridges are patronized by offices.
Use Green Products
Use green office equipment, furniture, and supplies as much as possible. Check if your suppliers are green. If they are not, consider looking for other suppliers who can provide you with eco-friendly office equipment, furniture, and supplies that will help you achieve your goal of transforming your office into a green work place that everyone will appreciate and enjoy.