Ways to be more sustainable at work
02 Jul 2020
As an increasing number of people return to work either as businesses re-open or people revoke their work from home arrangements; perhaps it’s time to look at how we can be more sustainable at our places of work this summer.
Be drink aware
We’re not talking about what you’re drinking, it’s what you’re drinking it from. There has never been a better time to invest in a reusable water bottle and hot drinks cup. Many of them now keep drinks cold and hot respectively for hours on end which means you no longer need to buy bottled water. And, in the current situation it’s great for protecting personal hygiene and safety too.
Let’s do lunch
If you’re going to work and need to eat whilst you are there perhaps now is a good time to establish some new routines. Instead of buying take out, plastic wrapped sandwiches and salads why not take it from home in reusable, sustainable container? Not only are you doing your bit for the environment you’ll find that your pocket benefits too.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
Just recycle everything you possibly can! Mail, wrappings from deliveries, aluminium drinks cans, containers that consumable arrive in, ink cartridges and don’t forget any cardboard; the last one is particularly important!
With so many digital cloud and file sharing ways of storing and sharing documents its worth thinking whether you really do need to print it or not. Not only is it more sustainable, but you will be doing your very important bit in decluttering your workstation. Could customers perhaps receive invoices and documents digitally instead of posting them?
Turn it off
Lights, chargers, kettles anything that you normally leave on or on standby that could be turned off without affecting its performance then please click the switch. In our homes, it is estimated that we waste up to an average of £100 of energy so imagine what the numbers would look like in the workplace.
Why not make 2020 the summer of sustainability? Perhaps a review of procedures would be a great place to check out what’s essential and what’s not and if there was a more sustainable way of doing it.
And remember; The most dangerous phrase in our language is “We’ve always done it this way.”