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How to Go Green at Work this Year

Ways to Go Green at Work

While many people have found easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at home, there are also simple ways to go green at work. Getting the workplace onboard with environmentally practices, saves money and provides a common goal for employees. In fact, companies that incorporate green office strategies reported improved company image and increase in profits. Here are five easy ways to go green at work this year:

Work Remotely to Cut on Daily Emissions

Cut down on travel by utilizing technology to hold web-based and teleconference meetings. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 50% of the people in America hold telecommute-compatible jobs. If those people worked from home half the time, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million metric tons every year. That’s the equivalent of taking almost 10 million cars off the road! In addition to saving energy used by multiple employees driving their vehicles to work, you’ll also save time and increase productivity.

Stop Using Plastic Water Bottles

Americans used 50 billion plastic bottles last year. Eliminating disposable bottles in the workplace can make a significant dent in this waste while also cutting down on trash. Consider using filtered water dispensers or reusable water bottles.

Recycle Printer Cartridges

Ink is a significant expense for many offices. Around 60-80% of printer cartridges go to a landfill-where they will take hundreds of years to decompose. Find a company who will make the transition to recycled cartridges as easy as buying new cartridges and you’ll save money, time, and resources.

Invest in Energy Saving Technology

Try replacing those old light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights, which use a fraction of energy compared to a regular bulb and have a much longer life. You can even purchase keyboards, monitors, and other computer components that have energy-saving modes. Within the office, work to promote “Green” best practices, like turning off and unplugging devices when not in use instead of leaving them on in sleep mode.

Take Your Work to the Cloud

Whenever possible, replace paper with online, often cloud-based options. For example:

  • Use an e-ticket when flying
  • Create and collaborate on documents using Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and other popular cloud-based services
  • Limit paper-heavy advertising (brochures, business cards, flyers, etc.)
  • View the challenge of going green in the workplace as a group effort that will benefit everyone. Finding ways to infuse friendly competition can make the process even more fun and impactful. Whether your goal resides in a better bottom line, a return on investment, or a cleaner environment, we can all benefit from going green in the workplace.

    Secure Data Recovery Services is proud to promote best practices for a green office. Among the tips listed above, our team works to find new ways to stay energy efficient and help protect our planet.

    If you need help recovery data or want to give us your tips for staying green at the office, contact us today!

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