More companies are kickstarting and developing eco-friendly initiatives than ever before. Whether it’s going paperless, using renewable energy, or curating an eco-friendly office design, companies across the globe are finding new and sustainable ways of doing business.
Not only do “more than 90 percent of CEOs state that sustainability is important to their company’s success,” but, “88 percent of business school students think that learning about social and environmental issues in business is a priority, and 67 percent want to incorporate environmental sustainability into their future jobs.”
If you’re looking for a place to start, then here are three simple ways you can facilitate an eco-friendly office for your company and its employees.
Use Eco-Friendly Office Decorations
For a business to go environmentally friendly, it needs to look the part. As you’re developing your eco-friendly office design, the best place to start is with some decorations.
If you don’t already have plant life in the office, then pick up some nice potted plants and place them in as many places as you can. Greenery won’t only liven up the office, but it can help purify the air and reduce employee fatigue and stress.
You could also invest in reusable silverware and serving utensils, or some compostable plates. This will cut down on trash, encourage employees to reuse or recycle materials, and also give you an excuse to have a fully-stocked office kitchen.
Or, if you want to do something more unique, then look into LINTEC’s new and eco-friendly wet apply film. With stunning clarity and one-piece removability, the ECO-2000 ZC is manufactured with a minimum of 80% recycled PET material and is a great way to add customizable eco-friendly windows to your office setup.
Prioritize Natural Light
If you want your company to be eco-friendly, then one of the better things you can do is cut down on your energy consumption. While you may not be able to disconnect every energy source, you can reduce the amount of energy your lighting consumes on a day-to-day basis.
Instead of relying on harsh, artificial light, encourage your office to leave the blinds open and let the sunlight in. And when the sun goes down (or is stuck behind clouds), invest in some Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and LED lights. Pair these with a motion-activated lighting system, and you’ll not only reduce your energy bill but also help promote an eco-friendly design.
Take the Initiative!
Creating an eco-friendly office doesn’t happen overnight. If you want your company to promote environmentally friendly business practices, then start taking the initiative! Like WeWork.com says, you’ll “be able to share your eco-friendly office efforts on your company website and include your efforts as a part of your mission statement or branding strategy.”
For starters, this is a great marketing move. But beyond that, a “greener business offers benefits for everyone.” Whether it’s happier employees or lower energy costs, your eco-friendly office design will provide you with a wealth of compelling, longlasting benefits.