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Tips for a Greener more Environmentally Friendly Office

Protecting the environment has to be part of your everyday life outside your home as well. Whether you work at a factory that may be blatantly polluting the environment or in an office that could cut down its use of paper products, you should examine every element of your working life and make sure it is a safe working environment for you and the planet.

Energy 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.

Environmentally Friendly 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 ones.

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 bulletin boards.

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 as bamboo.

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.

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