There are a number of activities which the employees should adhere in order to reduce the cost of energy and materials that are used in daily business operations. These green office activities increase the efficiency of resource use and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
Today’s jobs have a need for large amounts of energy, water and various consumable items (mostly paper for typing), which has as a direct consequence, the increase of waste that pollutes our environment. Therefore, any use of energy is an opportunity for the realization of savings. Many people don’t realize that the use of office equipment costing more than its original price.
On the market, there are different eco-friendly office products and supplies which can help you to make your own green office and improve business.
American citizens alone throw out over 4,000,000 disposable pens – daily! Not to mention the citizens of other countries in the world. However, the increased use of reusable pens instead of the ordinary ballpoint pens can significantly change this. These green office products are cheaper in the long run, practical and much nicer to use.
Recycled printer paper
When buying paper for a printer, you need to look for recycled printer paper, especially those with the minimum of chlorine bleaching (or 100% chlorine-free) and a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Also, look for printer paper which is made from more sustainable substances such as hemp, organic cotton or bamboo. In addition to this, you should choose such photocopiers and printers that do double-sided printing.
Buy Remanufactured / Reconditioned Toner Cartridges
Toner cartridges and remanufactured ink should be an integral part of the green office. Remanufactured cartridges cost about 15% less than new ones, and each reused cartridge saves 2.5 pounds of plastic and metal, and approximately half a gallon of oil – all of which is wasted in the production process. Remanufactured (or reconditioned) cartridges are available for:
- Laser and inkjet printers
- Dot matrix printers
- Fax machines
LED Lamps and compact fluorescent bulbs
In a typical office, artificial lighting makes about 40% of electricity consumption. Therefore, replace all incandescent bulbs with LED lamps or compact fluorescent in your green office, and maximized the daylight as much as possible. Compact fluorescent bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, and they use about 75% less energy.
The Smart Strip Surge Protector
Smart surge protector offers great power surge protection, noise filtering and lowers electricity consumption. There are 3 different models of smart strip:
- SCG3 standard model – has just the 7 outlets.
- SCG4 model – in addition to the 7 outlets, it has an “out” and “in” spot for a phone line.
- SCG5 model – it has 7 outlets + the phone line surge protection + an “out” and “in” spot for a coax cable.
When an office device is plugged into the control outlet, power strip can “sense” the flow of electricity through the control outlet. Smart strip is able to turn off selected office equipment (desk lamps, monitors, etc.) when the computer is not currently in use. This unique green office product saves you money and time!