Creating an eco-friendly office is easier than you may think. Through a combination of environmentally conscious furniture and instituting environmental practices, your company can to its part to make a positive impact on the environment.
For instance, have you ever thought about what happens to the chairs, panels, desks and tables you no longer need? Chances are they stay in a landfill for many years to come. Furniture at a landfill slowly rots and any plastic components may endure for centuries and leak toxic substances as they slowly break down. When getting rid of office furniture you no longer need, think about trying to resale in your local classifieds, donating to local charities or thrift stores, or selling back to an office furniture company that refurbishes or sells used goods. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
A great way to make an environmental difference is to purchase refurbished office cubicles. A company like New Life Office can provide you with remanufactured office furniture to meet your needs while saving your pocket book and the environment. For 20 years, New Life Office has been refurbishing used Steelcase office cubicles with new fabric, low VOC paint and features available in new work stations at a fraction of the cost. Refurbished cubicles will give your business points towards a LEEDS designation, and contributes to elimination of waste – besides saving money up front!
Another effort that office managers can make to create an eco-friendly office is to institute policies which are environmentally friendly. This can be done by making simple changes like switching to products such as paper, pens and notepads that are manufactured from recycled materials.
Providing recycling bins in the office for paper, plastic and aluminum can also make a big difference. Americans throw away a startling 72 million tons of paper products alone each year, according to EPA estimates. Also think about recycling ink and toner cartridges as well as electronic equipment.
Companies can also offer incentives to employees who utilize mass transit to promote environmental awareness. You can also encourage employees to carpool or bicycle to work.
Going green is a lot easier than you may think. Even little steps you take can make a big difference to our environment and, potentially, your pocketbook.