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Six ways to green your office this Earth Day

As Earth Day rolls around once again, we're all seeking fresh ways to get a little greener for the day (or the week, month, or year). And what better place to do it than your office space? This year, Greenpop is encouraging you to cut back on your business's carbon footprint - and your costs - by making these easy switches!
Six ways to green your office this Earth Day

1. Paper is precious

This one’s obvious. Strive toward being a paperless office by choosing digital whenever possible. (This also means holding off on the Post-It notes, as cute as they are). If you must print something, make sure it’s double-sided and single-spaced. And don’t forget paper towels, too! Simply placing pretty cloth hand towels in your office bathrooms can drastically reduce the amount of paper going into the bin.

2. Lighten up

Toss open those blinds! Having a sunny office is the best way to save electricity and lift your co-workers’ moods. For the days when you need artificial lighting, switch your light bulbs to something more energy-efficient, like compact fluorescent bulbs. LED lamps are another great alternative, lasting up to 10 times as long as both incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents. You can also look into installing motion-activated light switches, which will automatically turn off when no one needs them (because let’s be honest, we all forget to switch off the light sometimes).

3. Green your machines

It’s true: plugged-in machines can still suck energy when not in use! Don’t forget to unplug, and look into buying machines that can multi-task for you. (Think: copying, printing, scanning galore!) The fewer office machines you have, the less energy you’ll use, and the more money you’ll save.

4. Watch your waste

At the Greenpop office, we promote a zero-waste culture by keeping compost and recycling bins in a central location. Worried about the smell? Sprinkle a bit of bokashi over your compost, and you won’t even know it’s there.

Having plates, mugs, forks and spoons available to employees also helps to cut back on waste. You won’t be throwing out any disposable cutlery at company events, and employees can take their own mugs when they go to buy a coffee. The Cape Town coffee shops can always tell Greenpop employees by their mugs!

5. Breathe fresh air

What’s the best brand of air freshener? (Hint: they’re green!) Fill your office with plants and open your windows, and you’ll breathe fresh air all day without the help of any products or air conditioning. When you do need to buy cleaning products, make sure they don’t include harmful chemicals - better for you and the planet.

6. Plant a tree

Finally, there’s only so much we can do surrounded by four walls. Greenpop is encouraging businesses to get up close and personal with the planet we share! So roll up your sleeves, gather your team, and say thank you to the earth in the best possible way: plant a tree.

Bring your business or team of 10+ on a planting day! Along with their countless environmental benefits, trees uplift communities by improving pride of place, increasing property value, and offering beauty and shade. Not only will you be transforming an under-green community, but you’ll have a great team-building experience as well.


About Greenpop

Greenpop is on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. They plant trees and have fun doing it! Greenpop plants trees in urban greening and reforestation projects and hosts green events, educational workshops, and festivals of action to inspire people to get active (not anxious) about the future of our planet.

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Greenpop website: http://www.greenpop.org
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Twitter: @GreenpopSA
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18 Apr 2017 10:47

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Marcio Wilges
Marcio Wilges
I'm actually very surprised that more offices haven't tried to go fully digital. I understand that there are a lot of more traditional ones that like to deal in hard facts and cold paper and that sort of thing, but it makes for office removals amongst other things, very tedious and complicated! I imagine that it would be easier to file and document your administration if everybody just used digital and soft copies of their paperwork!
Posted on 7 Jun 2018 09:07
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