Kermit the Frog once sang that ‘It’s not easy being green.’ But that was then and this is now; in today’s environmentally-conscious world, building a sustainable workplace is simple to achieve with the right tools and know-how.
We should all make a conscious effort to protect our planet, both at home and in the office. In terms of business, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly important in recent years for employees and consumers alike. This means that ‘green companies’ have a significant advantage over competitors.
An article on the Blue and Green Tomorrow website explains how going green needn’t be hard or expensive. In fact, pioneering sustainable practices can help companies to slash business costs as well as their environmental impact. Along with stressing the importance of recycling and reusing, the article shares three other essentials for a green workplace:
- Sustainable suppliers
First things first: if you want to be a sustainable business, you need to make sure the people you partner with prioritise sustainability, too. This includes your suppliers of everything from office equipment and stationery, to cleaning products and bathroom supplies. Perform an audit to determine whether or not the companies you use have environmental policies in place, and if they offer greener alternatives to the products you’re using. If they don’t, you may wish to research alternatives – there are plenty about.
- Reduced energy footprint
It’s no secret that office equipment burns energy. But thankfully, there are many things you can do to cut consumption as much as possible, which will bring an additional benefit in the form of lower electricity bills. These include:
- Using energy-efficient bulbs
- Buying equipment with energy star ratings
- Switching off equipment instead of leaving it on standby
- Turning the thermostat down by a couple of degrees
- Cutting down use of the printer and photocopier by distributing documents digitally
- A green team
To live and breathe sustainability in your workplace, your staff need to be on board too. You should educate employees on the importance of office sustainability and promote ways they can be more environmentally-friendly; for instance, by walking or cycling to work, recycling, and encouraging them to ‘switch off’ at the end of each day.
Another idea is to create a ‘green team’ who will be responsible for monitoring energy usage, identifying areas for improvement, and inspiring their peers to be accountable for their practices. Together, you and your green team allies will inspire positive change in the office, with research showing that workplaces focused on environmental and social positivity have more productive, happier employees.
One final thing to bear in mind is that the design of your office, and the immediate environment in which your business operates, can also have an impact on your sustainability credentials. The team at Kerr are experts in sustainable office design and can offer practical support for your business – get in touch today.