Office carbon footprint

Reduce your office footprint

Reduce your carbon footprint in the office

  • turn off computers when you've finished with them. Don't leave them on all day just out of habit.
  • Write "Please consider the environment before you print this email" on your emails - put it in your signature file and it'll always be there
  • Buy Green Energy - see green energy at ecotricity
  • Turn off the lights. Make it office policy to turn off lights that aren't needed.
  • Ensure you're using low energy bulbs everywhere
  • Reuse items as much as possible.
  • Use both sides of the paper. You'll have less paperwork to carry round when you do print things then.
  • Reduce the number of things you print.
  • Reuse envelopes and folders.
  • recycle paper
  • Encourage people to have a 'low carb lunch' and bring in food from home - packaged sandwiches use masses of packaging. (M&S food use card wrapped sandwiches rather than plastic - I'm sure other places will start to if they haven't already)
  • Buy recycled paper.
  • Recycle printer and toner cartridges
  • Use a bulletin board in a communal office space rather than send memos to people.
  • Use email if people need to read memos.
  • Use old paper for writing notes.
  • Use proper cups not those plastic or paper cups.
  • Check the insulation levels in your building. It'll keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter if the building is insulated properly.
  • Encourage people to not fly. Can business be done other ways? There are many ways to communicate face to face using video phones.
  • recycle all cardboard, batteries, old equipment, paper, toner cartridges - and anything else!
  • Encourage employees to cycle to work rather than bring the car. Companies can offer cheap bikes
    buy a bike
  • Use green cleaning products
  • Turn off lights at night. Turn off PCs at night. Turn off photocopiers.
  • Reward employees who think up great ways to be greener!
  • LCD screens use less energy than CRT. Ensure old monitors are disposed of properly.



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