Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact at Work




Reducing your environmental impact at home is a rewarding challenge. You might foot a higher bill at the checkout, but annual energy and water savings make it worthwhile. Additionally, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your part to reduce humanity's acceleration of global warming.


But making the switch at home, where you’re master of your domain, is the easy part. 


Reducing your workplace’s environmental impact is a very different story. You’ve got budgets to adhere to. You’ve got workflow that can’t be disrupted by renovations. You’ve got a boss that is resistant to changing the status quo. 


Here are 8 easy ways you can gradually reduce your workplace’s impact on the environment (and save money). 


  1. Watch your water usage. You can easily get a reading from your water meter, and ensure that when no-one is on site (e.g. over the weekend), no water is being leaked anywhere. Using automatic taps, harvesting rain water, water-saving shower heads and low water-usage toilets can also further reduce your water usage.
  2. Go paperless (if you can!). Opting for e-invoicing, -order assembly and -delivery are just a few of the ways you can reduce both your paper usage and paper (& printer) expenditure. 
  3. Recycle if you can’t go paperless. Most workplaces still churn through paper, it’s no secret. Churning through what was formerly an oxygen-producing entity is not great for the forest, the continent the forest is on, or humanity. If you don’t have the facilities to recycle efficiently yourself, why not outsource to a socially and environmentally responsible partner. 
  4. Use recycled products. Using recycled paper is a good start. Depending on your business, there are many exciting ways you can increase your use of recycled goods. For example, insulation based on old newspaper or roads made with printer tones.
  5. Look for power-saving alternatives like LED lightbulbs, motion-sensing to control that lighting, LED computer monitors etc. Prioritize buying or replacing equipment and appliances with their higher Energy Rating alternatives. 
  6. Contact your energy provider and what they offer in the way of green energy alternatives. You could install solar panels to reduce reliance on energy providers, if they’re slow on the green energy uptake. 
  7. Carpool. Ask your workmates that live nearby if they’d be happy to share rides with you. You might be lucky, and your workplace could offer incentives to do so! 
  8. Be smarter with your company vehicles. When reviewing your fleet, spend some time researching more efficient cars. Not everybody can afford the Tesla Model S, but not all Internal Combustion Engines are made equal. 



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