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Considering the Environment at Work


World Environment Day (first held in 1974) is a day headed by the UN General Assembly which strives to encourage world wide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. The day focuses on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. 

In support of World Environment Day, we have compiled a list of tips that can help you to create a better future for planet Earth straight from your office.
You can be more environmentally conscious by:
• Being cautious with printing. Only print when completely necessary, and consider going digital if applicable in your office.
• Powering off at the end of the day. If you can, unplug your computer/printer/fax machine to further reduce not only the amount of energy you are using, but your electricity bill too!
• Eliminating screensavers. Screensavers only come up when your computer isn’t in use, so they are rather pointless. Why waste energy when you’re not even at your desk?
• Using natural lighting, especially on sunny days! Open the windows and lift up the blinds!
• Buying energy friendly/fair trade items. When buying new stationary, ink cartridges, paper, light bulbs and even tea and coffee, opt for the environmentally friendly option!
• Eliminating paper towels at your workplace kitchenette/bathrooms. Use cloths and tea towels instead – wash these on a 30 degrees cycle.
• Not letting the tap run in the kitchen or bathroom when washing hands or dishes! 2-3 seconds of the tap running can be a 2 – 3 glasses of water, and that over a month can put a massive financial and environmental dent in your water consumption!
• Adding low maintenance plants in the office. They absorb airborne pollutants and emit healthy negative ions and oxygen into the air. Having some green plants in the office also reduces that "sterile" look, making the office inviting and comfortable.
• Communicating with your colleagues on how they can get involved and sharing ideas on reducing the office’s environmental footprint.
• Taking public transport or riding a bike to external meetings, rather than driving. Chances are you’ll get there a lot quicker too!
• Ensuring that heating/cooling methods aren’t going to waste. Encourage your staff to bring layers during the different seasons so there is always an option to dress down or up as not to waste electricity.
These tips are easy to follow and take little to no effort. Making small changes to the everyday office routine can have major environmental benefits in years to come!

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