How to Be Less Wasteful at Work

by - 29 May

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It is crucial for business owners and their employees to be more aware of their behaviour at work and how they are treating the environment. Many of us are guilty of being quite wasteful at times, particularly at our place of work when we don’t have to pay the bills. Being more efficient with the equipment and supplies at work is not only better for the environment, but it will also help our employer save money, which can then be invested into other areas of the business, such as training and development for staff, pay rises and other bonuses. It can be difficult to make such changes initially, but if you’re a little more mindful of your behaviour, being kinder to the environment will start to come naturally to you. Read on for a few tips.

Start by ensuring you switch off any equipment at the end of each day. Lots of us try to save time in the morning by leaving our computers on overnight and only switching off the monitor, but this is not doing the electric bills any favours, or the environment. You should also remember to switch the overhead lights off at the end of each day when you’re the last one out and ditch them altogether if there’s enough natural light.

The printer is another big piece of office equipment that we often forget to switch off. In fact, when it comes to printing paper and ink is wasted each and every day and it’s not cheap to replace. Before printing, consider whether you can keep it digital and send the document via email instead. You could also suggest to your manager that the company invests in managed print service to help reduce waste.

Try and abandon post-it notes and even notepads, as it would be far more economical to just type up your notes or set reminders on your computer or smartphone. If there’s a coffee or water machine at work, consider bringing in your own bamboo coffee cup that you can reuse, rather than using the paper or plastic cups provided. It's also important to avoid buying single-use cutlery for your food. Try to bring your own - this zero waste bamboo cutlery set is a great example of reusing. The trick is to become more conscious of everything you do at work and decide whether nor not there’s a more eco-friendly option.

These minor changes might not seem like much but taking baby steps to become a greener company is a great way to save money. What’s more, being able to say that you’re an environmentally friendly company might even attract positive attention from potential customers.
What do you do to be less wasteful at work? Let me know in the comments below and while you are here why not check out some lifestyle-related posts?

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