Did you know that according to the statistics published by the Environmental Protection Agency, the people living in Ireland generated about 557,000 tonnes of hazardous waste in 2020? This number is on the rise and it’s now more important than ever to review our habits and adopt eco-friendly practices in our personal and work lives.
Going green isn’t as challenging, inconvenient or costly as you might think. As individuals, there is so much we can do to contribute to a more eco-friendly workplace. If you haven’t thought about how your lifestyle might be affecting the earth, now is the time.
Here are seven genius swaps and habits that are easy to implement and will make a considerable difference over time.
🌱 Opt for eco-friendly office products
The average office worker generates almost 1kg of waste every day. Therefore, we think that if there is a time to switch to greener office products, it is now. For a sustainable office environment, whether you work in the office or from home, start by making a list of all the office supplies you use and then look for eco-friendly alternatives.
For example, 100% recycled paper and notebooks for all of your printing and journaling, recycled sticky notes for quick note-taking and other eco-friendly stationery supplies that you can use to do your bit towards a greener planet.
🌱 Get a desk plant
We spend most of our waking hours indoors, so improving the inside of your office is a necessity. Bringing your plants in is a great way to enhance the quality of air and decor in your office while being eco-friendly. Research conducted by NASA reveals that indoor plants reduce indoor air pollutants by 87% within 24 hours. Here’s how: New furniture and gadgets usually release chemicals into the air. Plants offset this by producing more oxygen and making your space cleaner and safer for you to work in.
Did you know that the colour green also does a world of good to productivity levels at work? Learn more here.
🌱 Rely on natural light
Yes, relying on natural light saves a lot of energy, but did you know that natural light also increases concentration, wellbeing and reduces stress among employees? Natural light stabilises the body’s circadian rhythms and aids digestion. Therefore, if you are a remote worker and work from home, it’s time to change the layout of your room. A simple way to increase natural light is to move your office desk to a place with big windows or natural light.
Some other tips to save energy with respect to light are :
- Swapping out your light bulbs for LED lighting
- Reducing brightness on your monitor to save up to 20% of the monitor’s energy
- Dusting your bulbs from time to time to increase illumination in the room
🌱 Reduce, reuse and recycle
Every single product we purchase impacts the earth as it leaves a footprint and could end up in a landfill. Therefore, one of the most effective ways of being eco-friendly is by reducing the amount of waste we create by reusing materials and recycling products to be used again. Here are a few things you can do to live a more sustainable life:
- Whether you’re working from the office or your home, try to buy less. When you need to buy new items, buy them from a sustainable source.
- Around 1/3rd of all the food produced globally is either lost or wasted. Therefore it is crucial to be mindful of the food waste you create. You can also compost the organic waste.
- Instead of using takeaway coffee cups, bring your own coffee cup. Similarly, you can always carry cutlery with you to avoid using plastic cutlery from restaurants. Keep a reusable bag with you to avoid using plastic bags. Every little change matters when it comes to making yourself and your company more environmentally friendly.
- Recycle what you can – Paper, electronics, cardboard boxes, shipping supplies and so on. If you are an employer, help your employees become eco-warriors by labelling which type of waste goes where. Check out our signage here.
🌱 Send lesser emails
Are emails bad for the environment? The answer is yes, they are.
Every single email that we send is stored on a server that needs energy – like air conditioning or water for cooling. Therefore, every email and Google search uses electricity and has a carbon footprint. The more emails we accumulate, the more energy is consumed and the more carbon emissions we generate. The best way to send lesser emails is to think twice about hitting that “Reply All” button. In addition, delete your emails from time to time with our 13 hacks to get your inbox under control.
🌱 Talk to your employer about remote or hybrid work
Remote work is one of the most sustainable ways of working. When employees work from home, the transportation-related emissions are produced vehicles are reduced. This, in turn, leads to cleaner air and a lesser impact on infrastructure. Working from home, even for two days a week, has been known to reduce the use of paper and plastic in workplaces.
Speak with your employees to see if this is an option they’d like to explore going forward. Want to learn more about Hybrid Working? Here is a detailed guide just for you.
🌱 Keep yourself informed
Knowledge is power, and one of the best ways to help the planet is to keep yourself informed. The more you know, the better. It allows you to make better decisions for yourself and the earth and leaves you better equipped to educate others. The best way to learn more is to stay up to date on the news and learn about the different things you can do to help and save resources. If possible, support your favourite environmental organisations by volunteering, attending their webinars and learning more about what they do.
At Codex, environmental sustainability is the crux of who we are as a business, and this permeates into every level of our operation. With this in mind, we have committed ourselves to reducing our carbon footprint and creating environmental efficiencies that can join hands with global initiatives to reduce our impact on the planet.
Learn more about our Environmental Policy here.