You might be following various initiatives in your home to reduce hazardous waste, save energy and non-renewable resources while contributing least damage to the environment.You try your best to ensure greenery all across the home and to save your mother planet earth against the adverse effects of global warming. But what about your office premise? Have you ever thought of following strict practices to have an eco-friendly office space?
Not only you, but your employees too have to play their part in having a green and eco-friendly office space. There are various ways by which you can make your office space more planet-friendly. Let’s have a look at the 10 most simple ways:
# 1 Save Energy The first and foremost step should be trying your best to save energy, which would also help you to cut down power bills. Use energy saving gadgets and solutions that ensure a significant decrease in energy consumption and power bills. Also Read: Top 15 Energy Saving Tips for Commercial Facilities
# 2 Reduce, Recycle & Reuse Teach your employees on how to reduce on the consumption of office supplies, and to reuse them wherever possible. Identify those products, items or supplies, which can be reused for other purposes rather than just throwing them away. Don’t consider buying unnecessary office stuff, which you really don’t need.
# 3 Consider Outdoor Lighting Wherever possible, use outdoor lighting during the daytime. There is no lighting solution available till date which can match the freshness and ambiance provided by the natural sunlight. Fold up blinds and keep those heavy drapes aside to let the sunlight come in.
# 4 Save Paper ‘Print only when necessary’ Almost every official mail has this at the end. And the same goes with you. Don’t use your office printer for unnecessary printing and try to save paper as much as possible. With the introduction of cloud technologies, consider keeping important documents on the cloud rather than on your desk.
# 5 Go Green Install green plants all around in your office premise. You can find various types of indoor plants available for your office, which require very less maintenance. Indoor plants will ensure greenery all across your office premise, while also adding natural freshness to your office.
# 6 Natural Ventilation Don’t always depend upon air-conditioning system or climate control solutions for your office. Make sure that your office has a good natural insulation and proper ventilation system built to maintain a natural environment indoors as well.
# 7 Use Nontoxic Cleaning Products You can find various cleaning products in the market, which are non-toxic in nature. Encourage your housekeeping company to use green cleaning products, and if they don’t use, then switch to the one that uses environment friendly cleaning products.
# 8 Use Eco Friendly Products Encourage your employees and staff to buy eco-friendly products that don’t cause harm to the planet. Start implementing this with yourself and be an example for others. Try to maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle that continues outside the office as well.
# 9 Consider Public Transport Consider using public transport, biking or walking to your office and encourage others for the same. Try and arrange a car pool if possible. However, if you really can’t avoid using your own car, consider using public transport at least 2 days in a week. A small step can make a huge difference.
# 10 Say Yes to Organic Coffee It is a well-known fact that organic coffee is grown without damaging rainforests and is processed while causing least damage to the environment. Have a sip of organic coffee, which tastes better than your regular coffee, and is healthy too.
Amit Prasad is the founder and managing director of SatNav Technologies and has business interests in a wide range of IT products. SatNav Technologies is an IT products company focusing on cloud based map data products and a pioneer in GPS, FMS & LBS Technologies. The product suite includes SatTracx in-the-field location based solutions and A-mantra in-the-office facilities management solutions. QuickFMS from a-mantra is a cloud based facility management system which enhances organization’s efficiency.