In order to combat today’s environmental crisis, it’s imperative that offices, schools, factories, restaurants, and the places where many spend forty hours or more a week make an effort to reduce energy consumption, waste, use eco-friendly/fair trade products and offer incentives for “green” commuting.
The following are basic steps that most offices can implement right away. It may help for the business to designate one or two people per floor or department to enforce these tasks.
One of the most important eco-friendly purchases one can make for both the office and home are green cleaning products. Most work just as well as non-green cleaners and are not only better for the environment, but for the health of employees as well.
Buying fair trade coffee, tea, honey, wine, chocolate and office snacks ensure that those who produce them are paid a just price, while the cultivation of these products is done in a sustainable manner.
Those ordering office supplies should consider using a green office website.
For businesses inspired to go environmentally above and beyond at work, green workshops with guest speakers that educate staff on topics like organic shopping, growing local food, caring for one’s bicycle (to start riding to work), how to compost, or greening one’s home can be made relevant to individual companies.
Offering employee incentives for commuting via public transportation discourages driving, especially for staff located in urban settings.
Whenever possible, employees should stay in eco-friendly hotels when on the road or hosting clients.
By greening a workplace, less damage is done to the environment while employees become educated on ways to preserve our planet’s resources and benefit from healthier living.