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11 May 2017

20 Ways to Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly

We all know green workplaces help the environment. But did you know that they also make good business sense? For instance, research shows that going green is a powerful recruitment and retention tool. It can also boost productivity by 15 per cent, increase rental value by 5 per cent and bump up sales by 12 per cent.

So, try these 20 simple ways to reduce your company’s carbon footprint:

Go paper free

Reducing paper consumption is one of the simplest ways to reduce your footprint. So, set targets for minimising paper usage, encourage emailing, route faxes electronically and store manuals and other large documents online.

Watch how you print

Sometimes you can’t avoid printing. However, there are still ways to reduce the impact, like setting defaults to ‘double-sided’ and ‘greyscale.’

Switch to recycled paper

Opt for 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper.

Recycle unwanted paper

Use the back of printed paper for notes and drafts. Or shred it so it can be used as packaging.

Save energy

Switch computers to energy-saving settings and adopt a ‘switch-off’ policy that encourages your employees to turn off lights and equipment before they leave for the day.

A switch off light to help save power

Use energy-efficient lighting

Light fittings with a good energy star ratings use up to two-thirds less energy, not to mention having a much longer lifespan.

Champion sustainable travel options

Like carpooling, walking or cycling to work. End-of-trip facilities (such as a change room or shower) will help make this option more appealing.


Switch off and unplug any office equipment that is not used regularly.

Rethink uniforms

If you supply your employees with uniforms, source organic or recycled materials that do not require dry cleaning.

Use green products

Purchase sustainable soaps and detergents that do not damage the environment.

Consider the facilities

Install hand dryers instead of paper towels, and get running taps and toilets fixed as soon as you notice a problem.

Buy some plants

One plant for every three employees can reduce CO2 levels by 50 per cent and help absorb airborne pollutants like dust, bacteria and mould. They’re also nice to look at and are thought to decrease stress and increase workplace productivity.

A plant on a desk which helps to green an office

Make the most of of natural lighting

Research shows that natural light reduces energy consumption and boosts health and productivity. So, install windows or skylights, or, if you’re in an office with these already installed, ensure your fit-out makes the most of them.

Buy energy-saving equipment

Update old, clunky equipment and make sure any new equipment you buy is energy efficient.

Encourage recycling

Add recycling bins to the kitchen, paper recycling bins near photocopiers and recycle old electronic equipment (like computers and mobile phones).

Think reusable, not disposable

Purchase reusable office items (such as refillable pens, whiteboards and rechargeable batteries) and encourage staff to move away from disposable objects by supplying crockery, silverware and filtered water.

Flexible work arrangements

Decrease commuting and carbon emissions by introducing flexible workplace options like telecommuting (working from home).

Get rid of screen savers

It’s a common misconception that screen savers protect your computer monitor. Nowadays, it’s just as effective to switch off.

Source green suppliers

Network with third-party businesses that share your eco-friendly mentality so that these practices become the standard across your industry.

Open windows

Where possible, open windows instead of using the air conditioning.

Beautiful natural light from large open windows in an office

Looking for more tips to increase employee satisfaction and retention? Try these six low-cost strategies!


Date: 11 May 2017 Author: Jenna Kazokas

About the author:

Jenna Kazokas

With a proven track record in graphic design, brand management, copywriting, and email marketing, Jenna brings a passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of the marketing landscape, particularly in the digital space.

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