Happy Earth Day! Today we are reminded of how great this planet we live on is, and that we need to do our part to take care of it. While making your office more environmentally friendly will obviously have a positive effect on the environment, a greener office can absolutely become profitable!
We've rounded up some of our favorite tips and tricks to help get your green initiative going!
A great article from Open Forum has a great list of ways to green up your office from more apparent tips like going paperless, turning off lights & computers (don't forget to turn off the power strip!) To things you would never have thought about. Favorite less obvious tips: Stock reusable pens and Go Casual! (less suits mean less dry cleaning. More comfortable too!) Check out 30 Easy Ways to Go Green at the Office.
Take going green literally! Adding plants to the office improves air quality and can really improve decor at the office. The rule is have at least one 6 inch plant for every 100 sq feet. You'd expect to see ficus and spider plants, but did you know the Gerbera Daisy made the list of 12 Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality?
What if you don't have quite the green thumb yet? or your office is mostly cubicles? Then you'll need to get a few plants from the list of 5 Overlooked Plants That Can Survive in the Dark (almost) for your green fix. There's a surprise plant in here too, place a potted mint plant in your office and enjoy the fresh scent!
Here at A Better Answer, we've been working hard on becoming a more environmentally friendly business. We're really proud of being paperless for 6 years and counting! Not only is it extremely easier to find exactly what you're looking for, we use MUCH less paper. We recently installed Dyson airblades in our bathrooms. Our spending on paper towels is minimal and the dryers come with hepa air filters. Every time you use them, they clean the air! you can see what they're all about (and how cool they are) here.
Our current work in progress is setting up an office recycling system. We always use the front and back of our paper, but as of now there's no recycling program offered in our area. Right now we haul our recyclables out ourselves, but we hope to get a more efficient setup soon!