Make Your Office Earth-Friendly
As the concern for saving the Earth’s resources grow larger, and the need to preserve and cultivate new green methods grows greater, many home and business owners are finding ways to ‘go green’ in both work offices and home offices.
For some people, going green refers to their physical office environment, and using practices that are saving Earth’s precious resources, while for others it means opting to stay and work from home, instead of driving or using transportation to work. Whichever is your take on ‘going green’; here are tips for how your office can help you and the environment.
A home office can save money & resources
Depending on where you live in approximation to your work, a zero energy and money commute to work may be ideal for you. Saving money on gas, public transportation fare, and less fumes and dangerous emissions from vehicles can be the benefit of having a home office.
If you live close to local resources such as grocery and coffee shops, a quick walk to these in the morning can help you get fresh air, while still returning to your home to work for the day. Alternatively, if you live within walking distance to your office, opt for that, or try carpool to work with co-workers.
Green your office environment
Choose an area of your office that has natural light, and if possible, views to the outdoors and ability to receive fresh air. Use solvent and chemical free products and cleaners in your office when cleaning, so you don’t inhale these products while working for hours.
Opt for Energy Star rated (in the United States) or other government rated energy saving program electronics and office equipment that can help protect the planet.
Choose office furniture that is eco-friendly
When planning out your office area, consider using office furniture that is eco-friendly and doesn’t emit VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Instead of using particle board – which is used by many self-assembly furniture manufacturers, opt for recycled metal or sustainable wood office furniture. Use furniture that has been painted with non-toxic finishes and consider repurposing furniture in your home for new uses.
You can also include plants that filter the air in your office to minimise the use of air conditioning which uses an exorbitant amount of electricity.
Opt for saving office supplies
Let’s face it, when most of us work at our bosses’ office, office supply conservation isn’t usually a high priority. One easy way to save is to try and go paperless in your daily regimen.
Whether it is doing your bills, invoices, electronic communications, etc. The internet, social media, and email has made it easier to keep records electronically, rather than having filing drawers filled with paper that also take up valuable space in your home.
Consider utilizing your smart phone, organization apps, and “cloud” records retaining services to keep your files handy, and to save your office from being a paper waste pile from needless files. Chat to management about having recycling bins for paper that is printed unnecessarily or only used once.
Perago Solid Surfaces have been tested for its emission status and has been found to be a low-emitting surface solution. This means you can install it in your office and be fully confident that it’s just one additional way that you’re contributing to saving the earth.
With courtesy of freshome.com