1. Take your own food to work
Bring your own lunch in containers rather than buying a sandwich and disposing of the packaging. This reduces the amount of waste.
2. Make purchasing decisions based on a greener mind-set
Attempt to influence the purchase of office supplies and encourage them to buy recycled products or ones that are easy to recycle. Purchase higher quality supplies may be more expensive up front, but they often last longer and reduce not only the amount of waste produced, but the longer term costs of having to replace cheaper items.
If you put your mind to it, there are countless ways you can help, for example if you use batteries, then think about buying rechargeable batteries, or purchase products that are run on solar power rather than batteries in the first place.
3. Travel to work
Driving to and from work every day has an impact on the environment, whilst cars are becoming more environmentally friendly, we are still a long way from having zero impact.
There are things you can do however, public transport is always an option if you have good reliable and cost effective bus or train services then this also gives you the opportunity to relax, read or catch up on email whilst on your commute. You could look to car share if you have colleagues that live in the same area as you. Thirdly, if your company is open to it, working from home just one day a week can make a big impact over the course of a year. Home working is becoming more and more popular and whilst it may not be something that your company currently offers, it can’t hurt to speak to your Manager or HR Department about the prospect.
4. Use less paper
There are lots of ways you can reduce paper, only printing when necessary, taking notes on a tablet or phone instead of a notebook. Storing information electronically rather that in paper format.
I’m sure you can think of many more, it’s probably the most obvious step we can make but also one of the easiest.
5. Turn things off!
It’s easy to forget to turn lights off when going in and out of rooms but remembering to do so, can not only reduce energy but it can also cut costs. There are lots of electronic devices, laptops, printers etc. that should not be left on all the time. Make sure you turn them off. Don’t leave mobile devices constantly on charge, this can also fry the battery so is never a good idea.