post by Stephanie Nelson
Since today is Earth Day, we figured we’d bring you some tips on how to be a bit more eco-friendly at work. Here are a few things we like to do.
- Consider your commute.
Right now, while most of us are living the Lockdown Life and working from home, this one’s a bit of a moot point. But when things reopen and folks start working from offices again, think about how you get there. Are there opportunities for you to cut down on your carbon footprint by using public transit, biking, or setting up a carpool with coworkers?
- Check your paper usage.
Do you find you buy a paper planner every year only not to use it? Try using a digital planner. Does that meeting agenda NEED to be printed? You could email it to attendees ahead of time instead. Are you a notetaker and like to write everything down in order to remember it? Instead of notebooks or notepaper, try an app like Evernote.
- Take a look at your eating habits.
Pack your lunch instead of grabbing take out, at least sometimes. (We’ve still got to support our local restaurants, ya know.) Don’t use disposable bags and containers, though, when you’re bringing your lunch from home; there are a ton of reusable options out there! Keep a reusable mug for your coffee and cup or water bottle for your water at the office. Stash your own cutlery in your desk so you’re not trashing plastic silverware every time you eat.
- Green up your space.
If you have the space, add a plant or two to your surroundings. It’s been proven that plants improve air quality by producing more oxygen which offsets chemicals in the air. You can also maximize the use of natural light, which decreases the need to turn on lights which use energy. (Studies show natural light also increases productivity by as much as 15%, too)
- Check your tech.
Make sure you have sleep mode and power-saving features turned on for your computer, phone, tablet, etc.
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