The environment is at the top of the global agenda at the moment, and it’s not just the big businesses that can help to look after it. As a smaller, independent business, you can do your bit too.
Let’s take a look at a few things you can do - even the smallest changes can help!
Have a think about items in your place of work that you can reuse regularly and not waste needlessly.
How about introducing reusable water bottles and a water filter or dispenser, rather than bottled water? This will help minimise your plastic waste.
We would also recommend using reusable ink cartridges for your printer too, and rechargeable batteries save you money in the long run.
If you need to buy new equipment, why not take a look at second hand furniture? Not only will it be cheaper, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too. Likewise, if you’re getting rid of equipment, donate it rather than just throwing it away - someone else is likely to want it!
You might not be aware, but those harsh cleaning products you use in your office, whilst they might have a lovely scent, may actually do a fair bit of damage to the environment.
A lot of the chemicals used stick around in the air, which is not good for our ecosystem.
There are lots of cleaning products out there that are less harmful. Take a look at this list The Independent created, which goes into the 10 best natural options that you can buy.
Whilst putting in procedures is important, there are also some simple things that you can do that take next to no effort.
Turn off all the lights each night before you leave your office or place of work. That also includes all electronics if you can.
Try and reduce the amount of paper that you use, and recycle what you do use. You can set your printer to print double sided, for example. And where you can, opt for electronic files instead of printing everything out.
Why not bring some plants into the office too? This will help create more oxygen into the air and make your place of work more comfortable.
Little things like this can make a difference.
You can find out more about recycling at work here.