If you feel that your office is not very environmentally friendly then there are a number of steps that you can take. Some of these steps will be easier than others while some will not work for all businesses. However, knowing what they are will help you determine which are best for you.
Look At Office Supplies
Your office supplies will be one of the areas where you are not very environmentally friendly. One way to change this is to have reusable pens and only have the refills available in the supply cupboard. You should also look at having the supply cupboard under supervision where people will need to sign out what they have taken. This will not only help you keep track of what it being used, but employees will generally be less wasteful when they have to account for everything.
Look At Your Printing
The most environmentally unfriendly part of any office is the printing. The best way to go green in this respect is to become a digital office where nothing is printed. There are a number of software programs that allow you to print to various online formats and Windows comes with a PDF printer. Going paperless will be the best way to become environmentally friendly.
However, if this is not an option for your business then you should look at eliminating the waste of printing. A lot of people print a few pages only to find that the last page only has one line of writing on it. There are programs that can identify these wasteful printing errors and correct them before the document is printed.
You should also look at buying environmentally friendly paper. This will be recycled paper or chlorine-free paper. There are also some paper manufacturers who use renewable sources for their paper such as hemp and bamboo.
Looking At The Premises
Your business premises should also be environmentally friendly, but this is something that not all businesses can change because they do not own the building. However, there is one way that you can look at making your premises eco-friendly and that is through having a smaller working space. Allowing employees to work virtually will decrease the impact of your premises and will not have a negative impact on productivity. In fact, there have been studies which show that people are more productive when they are allowed to work from home.