We’re more aware than ever about the issues of pollution and sustainability. Many of us have been shocked and moved by the images reported in the mainstream media of fish and sea birds caught up, and in some cases, feeding on plastic bottles and materials.
As business leaders we have an obligation to do our bit, not only for our workforce, but for the worldwide community in which we live. Education is definitely hard at work, we just need to persevere and keep driving it through to ensure a more sustainable approach common practice.
Get the metaphorical ball rolling…
It’s important that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Afterall you’re aiming for longevity and a change in daily practice, not a one-off headline or sound bite which will soon be forgotten.
Consider first your workspace environment. Are your computers switched on all day and left on standby at night? Research suggests that devices left on standby use ten times more electricity than those that are turned off. Incredibly, people leaving lights and electrical devices on accounts for a massive 50 per cent of your office’s energy consumption. Maybe think twice next time you leave something on?
Let everyone know you’re making a stand.
Establish a green policy and make sure it’s circulated internally and externally. Add notes to the bottoms of emails asking recipients to restrict printing out unless strictly necessary. Even simple tasks such as only filling the kettle with as much water as you need can have a considerable impact.
Have you got a refurbishment or fit out around the corner?
As designers and manufacturers of contemporary office furniture and storage, we’re ideally place to advise and factor in the most carbon conscious products through the specifying process. What’s more, our inhouse installation team will do all the hard work so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your new surroundings.