Eco Tips For Your Organisation
1. Go Paperless
Cut down on the consumption of paper by switching to digital modes of communication for documents and minutes-taking. Other ways to go paperless include printing less in general, and asking vendors to offer e-statements and invoices instead of paper statements.
Tip: If you are not able to avoid using paper, always opt for paper with recycled content, which uses less fresh pulp from cut-down trees and refrain from using bleached paper with high chlorine content.
2. Implement a Recycling Programme
Set up recycling bins in the break room for employees to deposit their recyclables such as glass, plastic, aluminium and coordinate with the facilities management on a routine collection schedule for the bin contents.
Tip: With the recent launch of the nationwide e-waste recycling programme, it might also be timely to start a monthly e-waste collection drive for the office.
3. Conserve Energy and Electricity Usage
Even in our daily lives, it’s good to inculcate a habit to conserve energy as a way to go green. Give gentle nudges for employees to turn off the computer, room lighting and air conditioner after use. This could be done by putting up posters across the office on the importance of energy conservation.
4. Switch Away From Bottled Water
Instead of providing single-use bottled water in the office which contributes to the generation of plastic waste, make the switch to a water dispenser which helps to significantly reduce — if not eliminate — the need for plastic bottles and cans in your office.
Did you know: Investing in a bottle-less water dispenser is more cost-efficient than continually having to purchase bottled water in the long term.
5. Opt For Environmentally Friendly Electrical Appliances
Electrical appliances including computers, lightings, air conditioners and printers typically consume the most amount of energy in the office. As an alternative, opt for products with an accredited environmental or green label (e.g. Green Label or Energy Star) which indicate that the product has a reduced environmental impact compared to other similar products in the market.
6. Introduce Monthly Green Challenges
As we go green, it’s important to have everyone on board in this drive and there’s no better way to do so than by coming up with green challenges for the office. This could be simple as issuing a challenge on switching from single-use to reusable cutleries for a month, with small prizes offered for those who successfully stick to the challenge.
7. Create A Sustainability Team
Creating a sustainability team comprised of cross-functional members will lead to a greater sense of ownership in the organisation by empowering them to raise awareness and drive greater impact. The team can also take the lead in making purchasing decisions for energy-efficient appliances and green cleaning supplies.
Tip: For starters, it would be educational to learn how Singapore manages its waste by organising a visit to Pulau Semakau.