Sustainability is now a core part of business strategies the world over. Once a secondary concern, it’s now moved well up the list of priorities for many companies – and it’s important for an office to reflect this.
Making your office more environmentally friendly doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it could actually save you money in the long run! Here are four great ways to make it happen.
Choose your furniture wisely
Instead of making a beeline for flashy, brand-new furniture, take a step back and consider going for something more sustainable instead. You’ve got two great options: buying second-hand or buying new furniture that’s manufactured sustainably.
Buying used office furniture is excellent for the environment, as you’re not only re-using perfectly good kit, but you’re eliminating the carbon footprint associated with buying new. And don’t think buying second-hand means sacrificing quality or style. The reality is quite the opposite: you’ll be able to get your hands on higher-end, designer furniture for a fraction of its brand-new RRP. What’s not to like?
If you do want to buy new, try and choose a brand that prioritises sustainability like Nomique or Orangebox – and select a more timeless design that you don’t feel will date too rapidly.
To lower your energy consumption (and your bills), try to allow as much natural light into your office as you can. And where artificial light is required, make sure it’s provided by eco-friendly bulbs that don’t require as much energy.
If you want to take things a step further, consider installing solar panels or smart lighting, which switches on and off based on a motion sensor.
Now is the perfect time to go paperless. If your team is constantly walking to and from the printer, consider implementing new digital systems to save paper and ink. Not only will it make your business more sustainable, it could also deliver significant savings and efficiency improvements in the long run – a win-win.
Let nature into your office and let your employees out of it! Studies have shown that biophilic office design (adding plants and greenery) benefits employees’ productivity and workplace morale, not to mention reinforcing your company’s sustainability goals.
If you have space, constructing a welcoming outdoor area for your employees to spend time is another great way to give back to the environment. Planting trees will help to offset your carbon footprint – and keep your team happy.
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