10 Tips for a sustainable work environment
When using water from the mains and vending machines, fill up your own personal bottle and try not to use plastic throw-away ones.
Surround yourself (within limits) with plants and flowers to provide oxygen in the workplace, as well as improving the decor and your mood.
3 WASTE MANAGEMENT
Separating different types of waste is good practice in the workplace, as it is in everyday life. Instead of using plastic plates and coffee cups, adopt green solutions such as recycled paper.
4 ENERGY CONSUPTION
If your office does not have motion detectors, turn on the lights only when strictly necessary and turn them off when no longer needed, to reduce energy consumption. The same applies to electronic devices, which should be turned off when leaving work.
5 PAPER SHEETS
Avoid unnecessary printing as much as possible, and use recycled paper wherever you can, for example use the other side of badly printed sheets.
During your lunch break, get up from your desk and leave your office so you get a break in which you can relax with your colleagues. Locally produced, healthy food is the best choice. There are several companies that deliver healthy meals with balanced calories and vitamin content.
If regulation is an option, do not over-use air conditioning in summer, nor heating in winter. Air rooms by opening windows or with automatic air exchange systems.
8 COFFEE BREAK
Take short breaks in which to stretch your legs and get a shot of energy from a cup of coffee or some fruit, even more effective when shared with colleagues, to recharge your batteries and sharpen concentration.
If possible, travel in green vehicles or organise car sharing to go to work. This is something outside the workplace, but the benefits for the environment are equally valid!
Our last tip is to smile; a cordial, respectful attitude towards co-workers, colleagues and customers is good practice and improves your own day and that of those around you.