Every day, there are changes we can make to go a little greener. Many of us spend our days at work, so making some greener choices can make a big difference. While not all workplaces are particularly eco-friendly, you can still do your part in helping to lesson your carbon footprint.
Here are some tips to go a little greener throughout your workday.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Our daily commute can mean a big carbon footprint, so if possible, try to reduce it. This could mean public transportation, carpooling, walking, biking, etc. Or think about buying a smaller car, hybrid, or even electric car.
Use less paper
Try to reduce how often you print documents, and print on both sides when possible. Some offices have a paperless system in place already, but you can minimize how often you print to paper or use digital tools to avoid paper. You can also create a system where you use scrap paper to at least maximize paper use.
Eco-friendly food options
Think about your snacks and meals at work. Use reusable containers, going with glass, beeswrap, and other storage containers. If you bring food to work, consider buying in bulk and using less packaging. If you like to eat out at lunch, think about how you can reduce waste. See if you can choose places that are walkable or a shorter drive. Skip packaged foods when possible (such as bottled water), bring your own reusable straw, etc.
Reusable water bottles, cups, etc
Reusable water bottles, travel mugs, and other reusables can save so much waste. You can also pack your own reusable straw.
Recycle & Compost
Even if your office does not offer recycling, you can bring home your own recyclable items. If you have a compost bin at home, you could save things like fruit peels to bring home.
Use eco-friendly office supplies
There are lots of great eco-friendly office supplies to choose from, including recycled paper, recycled pens, refillable supplies, etc.
Cut back electricity and use efficient lighting
It is good to save on electricity when possible. This may mean a lower thermostat or making sure you turn off lights.
Bring reusable bags
It is always good to have reusable bags with you, either for work or for chores along the way. Many of us stop at the grocery store or other places on the way home, and buying bags every time you shop is not sustainable.
Get some plants
If you are able to add some plants to your work space, it is a great way to improve indoor air quality and add a little greenery to your day!
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