How Green is your office? Being a greener office is not a difficult thing to achieve. Look around your office and you’d be amazed what you can think of to become greener. Just follow a few suggestions and you are already helping the environment. First you can choose from a wide variety, not costly biodegradable packing peanuts, non-toxic erase markers, recycled scissors, fewer chemicals, especially “green chemicals”. Change the type of lightbulbs you use to compact fluorescent bulbs, This saves about 75% energy plus they last 10X longer. Use mugs instead of disposable cups. 1 person buys 3 cups of coffee a day, 5 days a week for 1 year, that equals 600 cups that end up in the landfill.
Unplug your technology when not in use. Up to 75% of the electricity used to power office equipment is consumed while the item is turned off, but still plugged in. Be sure to buy power saving office equipment. Recycle your paper, print on both sides. By recycling 1 ton of paper you have saved 17 trees, almost 7,000 gallons of water and more than 3 cubic yards of landfill space. Cut up your used paper, use the back for messages. Reuse office supplies like paper clips as much as possible. Place recycle bins around the office.
It takes 1000 years for your toner cartridges to decompose in landfills. It takes up to 6 pints of oil to produce 1 printer cartridge. By buying remanufactured ink and toner cartridges you are saving water, energy and material resources, plus you are saving money in the cost of the cartridge and even the landfill tax that is passed on to you the consumer.
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