Going green in the office involves more than just conserving power while you’re at work. That’s all well and good for helping the environment, but that doesn’t help with the amount of trash you’re producing. Not to mention the amount of new products coming in that don’t comply with good recycling standards. Which is exactly why to really go green at your office, you need to keep an eye on everything that you’re doing, throwing out, and bringing in to your workplace. Sounds like a daunting task, but it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Start out by just paying better attention to the label on the products that you buy. Most stores, like Office Max or Office Depot, will offer a list of products located at the store that are considered more environmentally friendly. Try to stick to these lists for anything you purchase, as these products are usually much less harsh on the environment to produce, and tend to biodegrade faster.
For your printer, either use a reusable printer cartridge, so that you can just refill it when you run out of ink, or purchase remanufactured printer cartridges. Either option is recycling and will save a ton of extra plastic from being just wasted and dropped into the local landfill to rot.
Concerning the paper for your printer, try to stick to PCR, post-consumer recycled, paper. This way you are using paper that is almost 100% recycled content, and as long as you remain good about recycling the paper that you use, you are greatly reducing the amount of resources lost producing and then maintaining that paper.
Finally, try to cut out using paper at all. Purchase an external hard drive, or even a big flash drive, as a back up device for your important information. This way you can protect your information without burning through a lot of paper to keep your sensitive info on file.
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