With the onset of the new normal, we spend our days plugged in more than ever. Now that things are slowly coming back to normal, we’re slowly shifting from work-from-home practices to onsite duty.
Whether you’re a home hustler or an office boss, here are some ways you can still care for the environment while working.
Why do we need to care about this?
There are numerous reasons why management should embrace sustainable company practices (lowering bills being one of them), and organizations continue to struggle to incorporate green measures into their everyday routine.
Thankfully, even if your firm hasn’t “gone green” as a whole, there are things you can do and habits you can adopt as an employee to make your workplace more eco-friendly.
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Commute to work
Carpool, bike or you can even take the train. Seems like a hassle but this not only helps you save on money, it also really helps diminish the carbon footprint we have with all the automobiles running around puffing harmful gases into the environment.
Driving through traffic can also add more stress especially when you encounter accidents on the road. In America, a typical worker spends around 47 hours per year traveling through traffic. This adds up to 3.7 billion hours and 23 billion gallons of petrol lost in traffic each year.
All the more reason to switch to green practices when going to work. In fact, some firms even give rewards to workers who cycle or utilize public transit!
If you are in a position to alter your transportation, consider acquiring a compressed natural gas (CNG) car. Compared to gasoline, CNG decreases carbon-monoxide emissions by 90 to 97 percent – that’s a lot!
Furthermore, natural gas is also locally generated, for the most part, so driving a CNG automobile means you’re not reliant on foreign oil.
I mean with the ever-rising gas prices this seems like the perfect solution! Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
Another increasingly common alternative is to lease an electric car. For commuting and conducting errands, an electric car is ideal since it has no maintenance expenses and an ever-growing range.
Charging facilities are becoming more common in parking garages, making electric vehicles more accessible and economical.
Telecommuting is another ecologically friendly alternative. Work-from-home policies are becoming more commonplace as more young people join the workforce, and employers are taking advantage of their employees' demand for independence and flexibility.
Since it reduces both air and noise pollution, this new fashion is good for the environment. In addition, the better use of the time that would have been spent commuting is considered to boost productivity via telecommuting.
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Make your workspace green
Individually, this is one of the simplest things to put into practice in the workplace. Get a separate trash can for work that you may use as a recycling bin at your workstation, to begin with.
You can try under-desk recycling bins, which are also convenient for transporting your garbage to the curb.
From biodegradable pencils to 100 percent recycled copy paper to eco-friendly desk cabinets, there is a broad range of green office products to pick from.
For the same or slightly more money than the more wasteful variants, you may choose environmentally friendly office supply goods for the whole workplace if you are in control of procurement or office administration.
You may save a lot of paper by making simple modifications, such as utilizing a whiteboard or tablet instead of a notepad to take notes.
Choose natural sunlight over electric lamps if you work in an area with a lot of windows. Replace paper towels and plastic bags with cloth napkins and reusable totes.
Before you depart, make sure you shut off your computer. Keep the computer on, but switch off the display if your firm backs up your data to the network after everyone departs. At least the screen won't be hogging electricity all night.
This is where we chime in!
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In the absence of a "green" business model, there are several steps you may take to make your company's operations more environmentally friendly. Do not underestimate your ability to have a good impact on your workplace even as an employee.