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Going Green In The Office

Being Green At Work

We often read and hear about how we can reduce our own carbon footprints, but if you are in business, employing people, sending packages, it can be difficult. However, it is possible, with small, simple things a company can introduce in its day-to-day operations to reduce the footprint it leaves on the earth.

It’s not all easy and some of it may prove costly for small businesses, but it doesn’t have to.

Here are some easy tips to help you along your way to becoming a cleaner, greener business.

Print less

Paper makes up about 35 per cent of our waste stream even though it’s one of the easiest materials to re-use and recycle.  Yu can help reduce this waste by using as little paper as possible.  For example, do you need to print every email? When you do need to print important documents, make sure you use a sustainable paper, and set your printer or copier to print on both sides of the page.

Turn It Off!

Why does your computer need to be on when you are not working? Turn off everything you can before you leave the office each day.

Reduce Junk Mail

Junk mail may be one of the most wasteful things known to man.  There are free services out there that will remove you from mailing list.

Go Digital

A great way to reduce paper use is to use electronic signatures. Adobe Acrobat Professional allows you to sign PDF files digitally, s well as create PDF documents with signature fields for clients to sign.