A sustainable office is more than just making recycling a good habit. It’s making it actually work for you, as well as the environment. No matter how much you try to hide it, running an extension cord along the corner of your room won’t look great. You’ll probably spend more on power, which is less money in your pocket.
Think about the number of employees in your company and how much they consume – from a resources perspective. Even if you’ve got a small team, these numbers can quickly add up.
Today’s offices need to adopt sustainable principles, not only to save money in the short term but more importantly, our future environment. You have the opportunity to furnish your space with sustainable high-quality products that last a lifetime. One of the easiest ways to do this is to buy through custom furniture designers who make their products consciously.
Here are some five simple tips to make your office more ecofriendly.
1. Change your perspective
It’s easy to reach for a fresh sheet of paper when the previous one is only half full. What about that weekly team lunch where it’s just easier to use paper plates and plastic utensils. To see change, there needs to be a shift in perspective. These little changes go a long way. Do it together, as a team.
2. Switch to LED lighting
A great way to save energy is replacing your traditional bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. They have a lower wattage, a longer lifespan, and have zero UV emissions. LEDs come in a wide range of styles, so you don’t have to choose between performance and aesthetics.
3. Unplug & turn off
Encourage your staff to utilise stand-by power modes when they’re not at their workstations. There’s no need for screensavers or monitors to stay on overnight. It’s wasting energy for no reason. When in use, turn down the brightness settings.
4. Choose equipment wisely
Laptops use up to five times less energy than a desktop computer. With cloud storage becoming the norm, there’s less need for a big, clunky monitor. Switch your team over to laptops if they haven’t already. This also helps your team move between workstations.
5. Redesign your office
Last but certainly not least, one of the biggest ways to reduce carbon emissions is to restructure the layout of your office. Embrace furniture made ethically that will last longer than the cheaper, throwaway pieces. It’s not just what you include into your space but how, too. Communicate with your employees to find out what they need. Don’t go overboard with appliances, hardware, and other items. Keep a minimalistic mindset.
Updating your office? Invest in cable management systems to safely run your cables through to accessories. This gives your office a neat, organised look. Double the productivity and presentation by pairing it with modular workstations and corner or L-shaped desks.
You don’t need to have a lot of space to make it work for your business. It just requires the right products and a touch of creativity. Contact us today.