Enjoying an eco-lifestyle means living greener in all areas of your life. You may be taking environmentally friendly steps at home, but are you also doing it at work?
People spend almost 90% of their lives indoors, and for those people who work inside that equates to about 40 or more hours at your desk, office or cubicle. Whether you're a student interning at a major corporation, a marketing associate making phone calls all day or an office assistant handling paperwork, you're going to spend a majority of your time in one place all day.
So don't you want your work space to be eco-friendly and energy efficient? It can be if you make these simple changes in your life:
For many people with desk jobs the computer is absolutely necessary to get things done. It is estimated that people waste over $1 billion in electricity every year just in computer use!
To help conserve energy for your computer you can:
Do you really have to print out every email and handout? You can reduce paper waste by going paperless wherever possible.
You can try to:
If you do use paper on a daily basis then you can make eco-friendly paper choices. Here are some things you can do:
There are many things in your office that you can recycle. If you dont have a recycling station at work, start one on your own! You can get a few bins and post recycling guidelines above them.
Some of them may include recycling:
The printer is one of the most-used office items. Every day it cranks out tons of important faxes, emails and other documents.
Here are some ways you make your printer use greener:
Its already bad enough that you have to worry about air pollution every time you walk outside, but its also a big priority when you work inside.
Here are some ways that you can maintain a healthy air flow in your office:
The first part of your workday starts with you getting to work, and for many people that means driving. Cars emit tons of carbon dioxide gases into the air, contributing to global warming.
Here are some things you can do for a green ride:
Get a plant and place it on or near your desk. Or, even better, buy plants for all of your neighbors. They will not only see this as a friendly gesture, but theyll also have cleaner air to breathe! Plants absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen, so get a green accessory to complement your desk!
Everyone looks forward to their lunch break. If you manage to save money by not going out to eat every day, then you probably pack your lunch.
You can follow these lunch tips to have healthier eating habits:
The best way to stay involved in the green scene at work is to get others involved. Share your practices and wisdom with your boss and coworkers. You can do this by:
Your work environment has a great impact on your personal and professional happiness and your emotional stability. If you enjoy how greening your life makes you feel, then theres no better place to keep the tradition alive than at work!
Copywriter, Green Student U, a blog-style site that introduces today's students to a wide variety of global environmental issues by recognizing college campus green initiatives and personal success stories, as well as how the world is being shaped by environmental reform.
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