No matter what your political beliefs may be, the simple fact of the matter is that our environment needs protecting—and moreso than ever before due to worsening global pollution and climate change. As such, we should all be looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint in everything we do, whether at work or at home. This article aims to help you get started on the former, with the following list of tips that should prove quite helpful in terms of reducing the impact that your business or workplace may have on the environment. Read on to learn more.
Use remanufactured ink cartridges instead of buying new ones
If you’ve ever had to buy new ink cartridges for your office printer before, then you know how much of a strain they are to the budget. They can also be harmful to the environment, especially when the ink inside them has been used up and they’re disposed of as garbage. This is because they usually end up in landfills,where they can remain undecomposed for generations to come, seeing as they’re made of non-biodegradable material.
Help the environment and your office budget by buying remanufactured ink cartridges instead. These are essentially recycled ink cartridges, except that they are of significantly higher quality compared to ordinary refilled cartridges. Remanufactured ink cartridges are carefully disassembled, refilled with ink, and then assembled once more according to original manufacturer specifications—and with new electronic chip contacts to boot. This recycling process also includes replacing any broken or aged components, ensuring that each remanufactured ink cartridge is just as high-quality as brand new ones.
The fact that they’re recycled ink cartridges also means that they’re sold at much more affordable prices than brand new ink cartridges from original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
Replace your conventional lightbulbs with LED lights
Are you still using fluorescent or incandescent lights in your office? If so, it may be time to replace them with LED lights. LED lights are not only brighter than older, traditional bulbs, they also last longer and use less electricity to operate. By adopting this newer lighting technology, you can reduce the amount of waste being deposited in landfills due to LED bulbs’ longer operational lifespans.In addition, you can also expect to reduce your overall carbon footprint due to your lower energy usage.
Reduce your paper usage
One of the easiest carbon footprint-reducing steps workers in an office can take is to simply keep an eye on their paper usage. Since paper is made mostly from tree pulp, unnecessary paper wastage can result in more and more trees being cut down every year, decreasing the amount of plant life that can help lessen the amount of greenhouse gases—which are the main cause of climate change—in the atmosphere. Moreover, manufacturing paper entails the use of a lot of water and energy, which means cutting down on your use of paper will allow you to contribute further to saving valuable resources.
Some handy tips for paper usage reduction include the following: printing on both sides of each sheet of paper rather than just on one; keeping used printer paper as scrap for note-taking or some other purpose; and finally, delivering used paper products to recycling centers rather than disposing them in the trash.
Turn off all electronic devices and equipment when they are not in use
At the end of each workday, have everything turned off and unplugged. Many electronic equipment such as routers, TVs, computers, and media players don’t necessarily turn off completely when we shut them down while they are still plugged in; instead, they are put on a ‘standby’ mode where they keep drawing power from our electrical system. With millions of electronic equipment in offices and homes everywhere doing the same thing, this not only puts additional strain on our energy resources, it could also cause our individual energy bills to balloon. Unplugging them from outlets ensures that they’re no longer using up any electricity.
Recycle whenever the opportunity presents itself
We’re not just talking about efficient garbage segregation to help recycling efforts but also knowing what to do with the old equipment and appliances your office uses in its day-to-day operations. For example, instead of throwing out used office furniture, look into donating them to charitable causes or secondhand shops. E-cycling and manufacturer take back programs also exist to help you properly dispose of faulty, worn-down, or outdated electronic equipment. By going down this route, you help keep these non-biodegradable and environmentally hazardous materials from being deposited in landfills.
Look into telecommuting for your employees
If your business type permits it, or the type of service you provide can be accommodated over the internet, then look into work-from-home setups for your employees. Having your employees work from home helps lessens the amount of people commuting to work, as well as decreases the amount of electricity needed in the office. Both can help reduce the amount of harmful emissions being ejected into the air through vehicular traffic and electricity production.
With these easy tips, your office will become one of the many businesses all over the world that are doing their share in reducing humanity’s detrimental impact on the environment.