Creating a green office space is easier than you think. More and more people are becoming eco friendly and environmentally conscious. Being good to our planet ensures our predecessors with a healthier future. So transforming your office into a “Green Space” can be accomplished by following these simple steps:
1. Use Eco-friendly paint
Eco friendly paint comes in a variety of desired colors and shades. Most eco-friendly paints are fumeless and 100% natural. These paints come with low or zero Volatile Organic Chemical (VOCs). Some of the eco-friendly paints contain milk protein, starch, chalk, linseed oil, clay etc. For a cool and calm feel paint the office walls with light shades. You can opt for colors that mimic nature like blue, yellow, aqua, brown or even green.
2. Conserve energy
For many people cellphones, computers and printers are a necessity to get things done. Yet, this “efficiency” comes at a cost – it is estimated that people waste over $1 billion in electricity every year just in watt usage. To help conserve energy invest in an energy-saving computer and printer. Also be sure to unplug phone chargers once your phone has been charged. Look for the Energy Star label whenever purchasing electrical products.
3. Go paperless
Remember going digital saves trees. By minimizing the use of paper, hundreds of trees are saved every year. Create electronic documents instead of hard print copies. Also try posting manuals and/or pertinent information on companies websites’ for co-workers and employees.
4. Use smart lighting
Save money as well as energy by installing energy efficient lights in your office. Lights are constantly used in offices, so using energy star-rated lights and fixtures will consume less energy and are cost-effective. These are the most practical options to the standard incandescent bulbs. Utilize natural light whenever you can.
There are many items in your office that you can recycle. If you do not have a recycling station at work, start one on your own! You can get a few bins and post recycling guidelines above them. Some of them may include recycling:
• Paper products
•Soda cans and plastic bottles
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic bags