Purple is definitely the new green here at Smart Business Supplies as we embrace Veganuary and explore more ways to meet the demands for a greener, more planet friendly office. Here are our top tips to help step into the new year with a cleaner carbon footprint:
The obvious one here is to switch off lights in spaces that are unoccupied or if natural light is sufficient, but surprisingly there are numerous other ways of reducing your energy consumption. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be a very effective energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day ("standby" settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once.
The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital whenever possible. Keep files on computers instead of in cabinets and letter trays (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office). Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters.
Of course few offices can go completely paperless so where possible look for recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching. Print on both sides of the page when appropriate and use misprints as notepaper.
Pens and pencils can also be made of recycled materials, and refillable pens and markers are preferable to disposable ones. Use biodegradable soaps and recycled paper or cloth towels in the bathroom and kitchen, and provide biodegradable cleaners. Recycling printer cartridges is free, and recycled replacements are cheaper than new ones.
Buy in bulk so that shipping and packaging waste are reduced, and reuse the shipping boxes where possible.