Saving Ideas for your Office Paper
1. Photocopy or print on both sides of the page and
reuse paper until both sides are used up.
2. Buy recycled, chlorine-free paper and recycle office
paper when you are finished with it.
3. Reuse envelopes.
4. Reduce the number of copies of any given document.
5. Buy one copy of the news-paper and leave it in the
staff room for everyone to share over lunch and breaks.
6. Use a plain paper fax machine so you can reuse and
recycle the paper.
7. Buy a permanent cloth or mesh coffee filter instead
of disposable paper filters.
Ideas for your Office Supplies
1. Use paper clips, staples, string or non-toxic glue
instead of adhesive tape when possible.
2. Use crayons, china markers (wax pencils) or coloured
pencils instead of solvent based markers.
3. Encourage your workplace to use alternative cleaning
materials such as the recipes found in this booklet.
4. Implement purchasing policies that consider the
environmental record of companies you are buying goods
and services from.
5. Use correction tape that covers errors or lifts
them off without the use of solvents. When you must
use fluid, use the water based type made for photocopiers.
6. Use stick-type glues or basic white glue. Avoid
glues and cements that emit the smell of solvents (ie.
rubber cement, hobby glue).
7. Use refillable pens and pencils rather than disposable
General Energy Saving
Ideas for your Office
1. Help educate your coworkers about the environment.
2. Use natural or compact fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent
lights use 1/3 the electricity of normal bulbs and last
up to 10 times longer.
3. Take your own ceramic or china coffee cup to work.
4. Bring your lunch in a reusable container.
5. Set up a recycling program.
6. Investigate the health hazards in your office and
line of work. Seek and promote alternatives.
7. If you send packages by courier, contact a bicycle
courier company for local deliveries.
8. Encourage your company pension plan not to invest
in companies that harm the environment.
9. Lobby your company to set up a committee to monitor
its environmental performance.
10. Walk or ride a bike to work. Use public transit
or carpool – you can advertise at work or on community
11. Weatherproof your workplace to save energy.
12. Lobby for faucet aerators at work to save water.
13. Set up an environmental bulletin board to post
notices about local environmental meetings, environmental
news and green cleaning tips.
14. Make a sign for inside the front door that says
“last one out turns off the lights.”
15. Arrange furniture to take advantage of natural
light from windows.
16. Consider flooring made of renewable materials such
17. Consider sustainable furniture made of recycled
and renewable resources.
18. Unplug or shut down all computers and other electronics
at the end of the day and when not in use. Electronics
on "standby" cost consumers an extra $8 billion
dollars a year in electricity.
Environmentally Office Ideas
for Environmentally Friendly Office Supplies
Environmentally Friendly Office Paper Tips