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Going Green: 10 simple tips on how to be green at work

Going Green: 10 simple tips on how to be green at work

It’s fair to say we’re all pretty aware of our impact on the environment, and yet there are plenty of us surrounded by piles of paper so high we can barely see over our desk.  If this sounds familiar, the YLS Community Issues Committee is here to help. 

It can be hard to know where to begin in making your workplace greener, so here are 10 simple tips designed to make your workplace more environmentally friendly without costing the earth: 
1. Print double-sided
This is a simple change that instantly cuts your paper usage by half. Try setting this as your default printing preference so you’re not having to actively remember this when you’re in a hurry.
2. Print in black and white and draft mode 
This uses less ink, yet is usually faster to print and just as easy to read.
3. Ditch the paper towel 
If your firm supplies paper towel in bathrooms speak to them about converting to air dryers or reusable towels. 
4. Start carpooling 
If walking, cycling or public transport isn’t feasible, start asking around for those in a similar situation who live in close proximity to you. This is a great way to connect with colleagues and save on petrol too.
5. Embrace paper recycling 
This is one of the simplest methods to ensure your environmental impact is minimised. We all know colleagues who throw everything in the rubbish bin, despite a recycling box sitting next to their desk.  Do the right thing – ensure all paper ends up in the recycling bin and encourage others to do the same.
6. Recycle e-waste 
There are organisations dedicated to recycling electronics such as mobile phones and computers. Recycle through these services rather than adding to landfill. 
7. Store online 
Store employee manuals and large documents online rather than in hard copy. This is likely to save reams of paper as well as allow you to update the document quickly and easily.
8. Switch off 
Turn off all lights and unplug any electronics such as computers and printers at the end of each day to limit energy wastage.
9. Buy a tree 
Show your dedication to the environment by planting a tree on behalf of your client instead of distributing corporate gifts. Companies such as Carbon Neutral offer this service. 
10. Reuse 
Use reusable cutlery, plates and cups instead of buying disposable items which are costly and environmentally unfriendly.
Do you have a green workplace tip to share?
Written by the Young Lawyers’ Section Community Issues Committee 
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Cam Forbes
Lovethe tips! Turning off the computer each night we go home is a huge energy saver!
7/12/2013 8:18:32 PM

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