I was driving down to work this morning, fresh Starbucks coffee in hand, when I stopped at a light and noticed the paper sleeve protecting me from my Americano. Boldly emblazoned on the side of this little gadget were the words: Made from 60% post-consumer products. Alas, it warms my heart (if not my hand) when a giant like Sâ€™bucks takes the lead on organic initiatives, especially those involving the preservation of our nationâ€™s resources.
With the fast approach of Earth Day, I count my blessings to work in an office staffed with socially conscious individuals. Case in point? Weâ€™re leaving our computer terminals tomorrow and instead spending our work day cleaning the beautiful beaches of San Diego. Want to help? Just shoot me an email and Iâ€™ll give you all the details!
For those of you unable to join us on our litter-finding frenzy, I have compiled some easy ways you can bring environmental consciousness to the forefront of your office space this spring. Read on and feel greener by the moment.
1) Save Energy
â€¢ Shut down your computer at night
â€¢ Use smart power strips (with an off switch) for all of your plugged-in electronics
â€¢ Install CFL lighting throughout your office
â€¢ Work with the lights off during bright daylight hours
2) Save Trees
…or â€œThe greenest paper is no paper at allâ€
â€¢ Save docs on the computer instead of printing and filing
â€¢ Send emails and online docs instead of mailing
â€¢ Use unbleached paper (even paper towels) in the office where paper is required
â€¢ Buy recycled paper products
â€¢ Utilize double-sided printing
3) Save Gas (oh, and the atmosphere)
â€¢ Share a ride with coworkers (even as I write this Iâ€™m counting at least 3 people who should be piled into my car at 7:45 every morning)
â€¢ Take public transportation
â€¢ Ride a bike, walk, get some of that darn good fresh air
â€¢ Buy a cleaner (see more efficient, not necessarily hybrid) car
4) Green your space
â€¢ Add plants to pump some of that needed oxygen back into your office air (they give your office some personality, too!)
â€¢ Buy office furniture made from sustainable resources (our cubes are by Herman Miller)
â€¢ Turn off the A/C and open the windows
5) Green your lunch break
â€¢ Buy organic
â€¢ Bring your lunch in washable/reusable containers
â€¢ Stock washable silverware and dishes in the staff kitchen instead of tossing away those plastic sporks after every meal
â€¢ Eat outside…to enjoy the Earth that you’re actively working to protect.
Happy Earth Day!