Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, however our country produces an estimated 30% of the worlds waste. Despite all of our efforts, we continue to be one of the biggest culprits of environment destruction. Are you looking for some quick and easy ways to make an eco-friendly workplace? Here are 3 ways you can pitch in and do your part without leaving the office.
1. Go Paperless – It is estimated that American businesses dispose of 21 million tons of paper every single year. That is equivalent to approximately 175 pounds pf waster per person. Going paperless at the office can make a HUGE impact on the environment. Think before you print!
2. Recycle – it’s a no brainer, reuse and recycle! Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours. Examples of commonly found things in the office that you can recycle include paper products, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bags and bottles and ink cartridges.
3. Turn it Off – A recent energy study shows that nearly half of US employees do not shut off their PCs at night. Turning off computers, lights, printers, scanners and other equipment can save massive amounts of energy. You can also put your computer in “sleep mode” when leaving your desk which is 60-70% more efficient.