Earth Day Series – 6 Easy Ways to have a Greener Office

Body Bar doesn’t only recycle our building materials, we also try to do our part in the office to minimize our carbon footprint.  Here are 6 ways we keep our office green that we think is easy for any office to implement.

1.  Have a Recycle Bin/Compost Bin

Encourage your co-workers or employees to use the recycle bin for their plastics, glass and other recycleble materials.  If you have the same, a compost bin outside the office is a great way to put bad leftovers to use.

2.  Take out your own Trash

A lot of plastic bags can be wasted by having someone take out the trash every single day when the bag may not even be full.  If your office facility allows it, ask that you take out your own trash to save some plastic bags.  Better yet, if you have extra paper bags, use those instead as they’ll break down quicker in the dump.

3.  Stock Reusable Bags

How many times have you gone out to buy a quick lunch from the nearest store?  More than likely, the store you purchased your meals and maybe even meals for other co-workers, use plastic bags to help you carry your meal(s).  Save the plastic and bring your own reusable bag to keep in the office.  This will be helpful for any other errands that you need to run during your lunch break.

4.  Get a Water Cooler / Water Bottle

Plastic water bottles are a waste of our natural resources, not to mention that what companies put in them is STOLEN from public waterways for their own personal profit.

Ditch the bottled water.  Not only will filtered water from the cooler be healthier for you but you will help reduce your carbon footprint by refilling your water bottle or cup rather than going through all the plastic of bottled water.  Be sure to no reuse plastic bottles as the chemicals break down and you’ll end up drinking plastic particles.  For environmentally friendly water bottles, click here.

5.  Recycle or Reuse Dishes

It may take an extra minute out of your day, but washing your dishes is far better for the environment than throwing away a plastic fork or spoon everyday.  If you can’t bring yourself to bring your own dishes to work, look for utensils that can be composted or recycled.  Being able to recycle your dishes can also help save water used when washing dishes.  Click here to find out more on why using plastic utensils should be replaced.

6.  Power Down

Turning off the lights when you leave can help significantly.  It is also important to power down your computer.  If you work on a lap top, unplug once in awhile and use the battery instead of the power cord.  Use your own lamp with an energy efficient bulb rather than the high florescent lights that most offices use.  Offices can use up a lot of power, click here to find out other ways to conserve power in your office.

 

Comment below to tell us how you help to make your office green.  

Don’t forget about our Refurbished Body Bars!  Get in shape and environment.  To find out more click here.

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