Updated mailing lists - Making sure your mailing list addresses are correct, prevents paper and ink waste when pamphlets go to a wrong address.
Double sided printing - Printing on both sides and using a smaller font decreases the amount of paper your office uses. And remember to recycle the ink cartridges!
Use recycled paper - This a really simple way to ensure you’re at least not killing new trees. It also takes less water and energy to produce recycled paper.
Use scrap paper - Save printed documents or emails and use the other side as scrap paper for notes.
Desk plant - Having plants on your desk or around the office helps to clean the air and naturally keeps the temperature down.
Environmentally friendly email signatures - Encourage others to think twice before printing out documents. For example: “Please consider the environment before printing the attached document.”
Pack a lunch - Bringing your own lunch to work reduces the use of plastic and waste produced by restaurants, saves you money and can lead to healthier eating habits.
Carpool - A classic way to reduce your carbon footprint and save on gas. If public transportation is an option that’s also a great way to live more environmentally friendly and can even be a good way to fit in more reading or end of day emails.
Casual Dress Code - Not only is this more comfortable, but also reduces everyone’s amount of dry cleaning! This saves a ton of energy.
Office Kitchen - Cut back on using plastic or Styrofoam utensils, cups and plates. I personally have my own cup, bowl and utensils that I keep at my desk. It takes less than a minute to wash up!
Power Down - Some photocopier machines have energy saving modes. You can also install a timer in the office that will automatically turn machines and appliances off over night.
No More Screen Savers - Instead of putting your computer to sleep, turn it all the way off when you leave the office.