Choose reusable supplies
Reusable products help cut costs and reduce waste. For example, choose reusable ink cartridges through a cartridge refilling program. Many companies offer discounts on future ink cartridge purchases, so you’ll be saving money in more ways than one.
Pack a greener lunch
Instead of single-use paper and plastic baggies, invest in a sturdy set of food containers you can pack your lunch in for years to come.
If your workplace allows it and you can perform your regular job function from afar, work from home on occasion to avoid a commute that uses gas.
Select ENERGY STAR®
Look for office equipment that has earned the government’s ENERGY STAR rating. These computers, copiers, fax machines and printers save energy through efficient design and power management options.
Challenge yourself and your coworkers to find ways to cut down on paper usage, like not printing emails and having paperless meetings. And when you must have a hard copy, change your printer default to print double-sided.
Add plants to your workspace
What better way to green up your office than by adding some greenery? Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside to brighten up your workspace and help clean the air. Choose plants that do well in shade or indirect light, like peace lilies, cast iron plants, bamboo palms and English ivy.
Buy supplies in bulk
Reduce packaging and shipping waste by purchasing office supplies in bulk. You could also save money and time along the way.
At the end of the day, turn off any machines that don’t need to stay on overnight for instant energy savings.
Create an office recycling center
Set up blue bins in the break room and by employees’ desks for recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, aluminum and mixed paper. If you don’t have a pick-up service, ask employees to take turns bringing the materials to a local recycling center each week.