Can You Stay Green in the Office?

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In the office, we should aim to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” at our workplace for protecting environment.

We should reduce paper consumption and go paperless by avoiding printing. In the digital age, printing is no longer a necessity for many documents.

Email communication is commonly used and files should be properly stored as the digital record. We should think twice whether the documents must be physically kept.

We should ask ourselves why physical copy is still required. If it’s just a habit of reviewing physical documents, we should get in the habit of reviewing digital documents on-screen.

Paper accounts for large percentage of office waste. We should change our mindset of printing practice. The production of paper consumes energy and water, hence causing air pollution.

Even if printing is still a must, we should reduce font size to consolidate pages and avoid colour printing. We can also print on both sides of paper by setting the default of double-sided printing.

We should reuse single-sided paper. Recycling boxes should be placed near the printer for collecting used paper for reusing.

We can also use the back of the paper for drafting content, writing phone messages and recording notes. We should always build the environmentally aware habit.

If the employer is committed to protecting environment, recycling bins for plastic, glass and aluminum cans may be placed at the pantry or in the workplace.

The employer tries to create an environmentally conscious workplace. As the staff, we should follow the green practice without any excuse. The bins make recycling simpler.

We can also take certain steps to save energy in our workspace. It should not bring us inconvenience by turning off our computers, monitors and office equipment after leaving the office.

Energy-saving settings should be made for our computers. We may not be aware of the brightness of our monitor which consumes unnecessary energy.

If the office’s design is made with plenty of sunlight, we should control direct sunlight with blinds for avoiding heat build-up. We may also check if the artificial lighting is required at midday.

If the office is not maintained with central air-conditioning, we can adjust the temperature to 25 degrees Celsius. It would benefit environment by emitting less carbon dioxide.

If the meeting rooms with video conferencing or other setting are not in use, we should certainly turn off all functions.

We should reduce using plastic containers, disposable cups and paper plates. We can bring our reusable mugs or water bottles and aim for plastic-free days in the office.

We can consider to switch to vegetarian lunch once a week. For some occasions e.g., lunch gatherings or parties, we should take away leftovers and avoid food waste.

We can also put small potted plants in our workspace. It can improve air quality and bring vitality into the office.  It’s certainly good for our health and environment.

To conclude, if we can make a few small changes, they can pose impact on the environmental footprint. They are really not that hard.






















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