Eco=friendly OfficeMost people who work a daily job do so in some sort of office – many in an home office. The location of the office may be in a corporate building or even set up at home. Regardless of where the office physically is, there are some simple steps that can be taken to lessen the impact of the resources used in the office.

By having a more Eco-friendly office area, you can rest assured that you are doing your part in keeping the planet clean and healthy for generations to come.

1. Use Energy Efficient Lighting


Changing the lighting that is used in the office can dramatically alter how much energy is consumed in one area. Using energy efficient lights will not only take less energy to turn on, they cost less when they stay on.

Everyone has those late nights where they have to work in their office, and using the right light bulbs ensures that the lights stay on while the bills remain low. Of course, if at all possible, use sunlight to illuminate a room before resorting to any other light source.

2. Use Reusable Cups


Most people need something to sip on while they work. Typically, coffee is the drink of choice and is consumed while at the desk. If you are going to drink while at work, be sure to have reusable cups that you can wash out and use another day. While Styrofoam cups may be nice to have around, they hurt the environment and add to the amount of trash that is thrown away over the course of the day.

3. Use Email as a Primary Source of Communication


In this day and age of technological advances, people can communicate in a variety of ways. While some documents may still need to be physically sent out, most can simply be emailed to a person’s inbox. Not only will the document be instantly received, but it will also keep unnecessary papers from being used or shipped out.

Combine this with postage and packing materials and a lot of costs can be cut by simply emailing documents.

4. Keep a Recycling Bin Nearby


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For the times when you have to print out documents, it is a good idea to have a recycling bin around. While sorting out several items like paper and plastic is ideal, even having a box that stores your papers will be quickly filled up in a matter of weeks.

After the box is full, take it to a nearby recycling center and have the peace of mind that those papers will not end up in a landfill.

5. Purchase Recycled Ink or Toner


Another item that is used just as often as paper is printer ink. Typically, these documents are only needed for a set period of time, and do not require the best ink in the business.

By purchasing recycled ink or toner you will be able get the same quality of printed materials without paying a lot for it.