Going green is important today, and not just for consumers. Increasingly, customers expect the businesses they patronize to do their part for the environment. While that might include massive changes like installing solar panels or buying carbon credits, it doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or difficult. In fact, there are several simple things you can do to green up your office that will benefit your brand’s image, as well as improve the health of your workers. Here’s what you need to know.
Let in the Light
The harsh fluorescent lights used in most offices are bad for eyes, for skin, for mood and more. They’re just plain bad. Get rid of those (or limit their use) by letting in more natural sunlight. If your office windows are covered by blinds most of the time, open them up and let in the sun. Of course, your office might not have that many windows, but there are still things you can do. Lighting options are available that mirror the wavelength and color of natural sunlight, and they can be installed affordably. You can also invest in greener lighting options – CFLs are less harmful to the environment, last much, much longer than traditional bulbs and are good for your company’s image.
Bring in the Green
For thousands of years, humanity lived in close proximity to nature. Our bodies and minds still crave that connection even if we don’t realize it. Cold, sterile, synthetic environments sap our productivity, reduce our morale and impact our moods. They can also lead to health problems as well. Adding plants to your office will improve the health quality of the office environment, and will also have an impact on worker productivity and happiness. Don’t stop with the interior, though. Go ahead and green up your building’s exterior. Not only will this make a big impact on clients or customers, but plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, so you’ll be doing the world and your lungs a favor as well.
If you think that recycled paper has to be low quality, stiff and virtually unusable, it’s time to think again. There are some very high quality recycled paper options on the market these days. Every piece of recycled paper you use helps conserve vital natural resources. It also helps save space in those overcrowded landfills. Finally, switching to 100% recycled paper can be a big boon for your company’s PR – consumers love to see companies doing their due to protect the world.
While we’re not suggesting you let your workers bring their household trash to work, you can make it easier for them to recycle the waste generated in the workplace. Add recycling bins for cardboard, paper, plastic and glass in strategic places throughout the office. Most employees will appreciate both the nod toward protecting the environment and the chance to do more on their own.
Greening up the workplace is important, but it might not be as hard as you think. Follow the simple steps above to make big changes.