Green Living at Office

REDUCE

  • Print and photocopy only if necessary.
  • If possible, do the correction or editing on the screen, do not use paper.
  • Minimize the paper use, if possible use E-mails, soft copies etc.
  • If you have to print and photocopy, do it double-sided, if possible.
  • Circulate documents instead of making an individual copy for everyone.
  • Stop receiving or sending junk mails; hire a company if possible to reduce your junk mails. It will save electrical energy and time. Send online request to these companies sending junk mails to remove your name from mailing list.
  • Curbing printed junk mails will save trees and billion gallons of water. Business organizations can use direct marketing routes, online marketing routes, in order to market their products/ services, to reduce junk printed mailings.
  • Refrain from giving your address and phone numbers to companies as far as possible, unless its needed, to stop junk mail menace.
  • Switch off / plug off lights, fans and other electrical equipments when not in use.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to minimize load on air conditioners. If possible, use A.C. intermittently.
  • Use power saver techniques as much as possible.
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
  • Clean or replace air filters once a month or as needed to reduce load.
  • Shift over to laptops from desktops, it may save up to 75% of energy consumption and GHG emission.
  • Enable power saver management features and minimize the use of screen saver.
  • Whenever and wherever possible, use natural lights instead of electrical lights.
  • Replace regular incandescent bulbs & tube lights with C.F.L.s (compact fluorescent lights) to reduce power consumption and look for energy star appliances.
  • Say no to paper and plastic bags. Use bags made of biodegradable materials e.g. jute, recycled newspaper and various natural fibres.
  • Reduce your use of disposable plastic water bottles, carry reusable water bottles in the office.
  • Reduce use of flush in office toilets and minimize water consumption.

REUSE

  • Reuse envelops by placing new labels over the old address.
  • Reuse envelops by just posting them again upside down for personal storage.
  • Use all waste and scrap papers from the other side for rough work or personal use. Every inch of blank space on paper to be utilized for rough work and space for official mailings to be used judiciously.
  • Reuse empty cartons and packaging materials like polystyrene peanuts, foam, bubble sheets, thermocol etc. Alternatively they can be returned to the sender for their reuse.
  • Plant more & more trees in office as well as neighborhood.

RECYCLE

  • If possible use recycled paper products. Recycle obsolete paper/circulars/envelops/waste packaging cartons, it will save trees and forests and gallons of water and oil.
  • Donate old office computers, office equipments to other organizations such as institutions, schools, organizations with low-budget offices.
  • Recycle all waste such as newspaper, polybags, packaging material, cartons etc judiciously. Contact your local authorities for help.

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