It’s the only Earth we got… make a change
There appears to be a lot of talk right now about climate change, but most people don't realize how climate change will impact the ocean. Climate change is resulting in ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures which can greatly harm many marine species and the health of the overall ocean. Keeping the ocean healthy is also hugely important for fighting climate change since the ocean plays an incredibly important role in regulating climate due to the fact that 80% of the world's oxygen comes from the sea.
While battling climate change may seem daunting, there are actually many things that you can do to help. We at eHoB Technology are making small changes in our working life to contribute as part of the solution. Today, we want to encourage eHoB members, employers, and readers to do the same!
Being a green employer isn't just good for the environment, it could also help a business attract the best and brightest staff. – CNN
Here are some practical steps to be greener in the office:
Use public transportation whenever possible. Just try to commit to one day per week in your commute or try car-pooling to work one day a week. If it works for you, add more .
Reduce energy use at the office
Shut all lights when leaving a room, saving about 5% on energy bills.
Annually.change your light bulbs to CFLs.
Unplug appliances when not using them.
Buy less stuff
Think about everything you buy and if you really need it.
Buy in Bulkless stuff
Instead of buying individual packets of coffee, creamer, sugar, pepper, salt, jam, and other consumables, buy these items in bulk instead. Think creatively about using jars or dispensers for these items that make it easy — and sanitary — for all to use.
The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital and dematerialized whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper.
Update Mailing Lists
This is a small but effective tip; by ensuring your mailing lists are up to date, you avoid sending out unnecessary letters, thus saving the paper, printing, and postage.
Use Smaller Font
Although you don't want to make your employees blind, reducing the font size in documents can save reams of paper each week.
Buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges
Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges cost an average of 15% less than national brands and come with a 100% money back quality guarantee. One returned cartridge keeps approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills. Remanufacturing one toner cartridge also conserves about a half gallon of oil.
- Turn off the tap; while brushing, while shaving, while washing dishes.
- Ban bottled water. Use a stainless steel commuter cup.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap.
- Don't pour water down the drain — use it to water plants.
Ramp up your recycling
Donate used items rather than trashing them. Old fashioned / outdated computer equipments or furniture can be recycled for better use.
Watch what (and how) you eat
- Use post-consumer, recycled content products, such as paper, napkins, toilet paper, tissues, and more.
- Use reusable plates, cups and utensils; no styrofoam. Encourage others to do the same.
- Get your coffee cup refilled rather than getting a disposable cup each time.
- Switch to organic coffee and tea, and buy as much organic and local food as possible for parties and other events.
Reduce or eliminate your paper usage. Print on both sides of paper. Recycle every scrap that you might otherwise throw away. Keep a paper recycling tray in addition to your waste bin.
Create a healthy office environment
- Purchase or grow office plants to offset VOCs and CO2 emissions. Having some green plants in the office also reduces that "sterile" look, making it more comfortable for everybody.
- Instead of traveling for meetings, whenever possible try to use video or web conferencing services instead. Bonus: This is green for the environment AND your budget.Opt for online media rather than paper version, including magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and other publications.
Remember, it all starts with you. Please spread the word. If more people "Go for the Green Option" in their daily worklife, the positive benefits will multiply. Start by making more personal decisions with the environment in mind. Then help increase awareness by spreading the word to your colleagues, teams, bosses, suppliers and customers. It all adds up!