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Environmental sustainability in the office: it's possible


It seems according to some research that an employee uses an average of 10 thousand sheets of paper a year. With all due respect to the environmental sustainability as well as the budget because behind such consumption there is not only the cutting of some trees, but also the impact (and expense) associated with copying, printing, disposal.

Fortunately, it is possible and easy to adopt a sound policy environmental sustainability in the office and many companies are already doing it. A few rules and a few small tricks can also give very substantial savings, in money for the company and less CO2 for the environment. Here are the most effective ones.

Establish recycling programs. It applies to used toner cartridges but not only. Currently only part of the cartridges are recycled, the rest ends up in landfills. 70% of an office waste is made up of recyclable material. The most obvious, but not the most observed thing for this is to use the duplex function for printouts or to use single-sided printed sheets for taking notes.

Repair when you can. Tons of damaged, obsolete or simply unwanted electronic devices are discarded as WEEE, waste from electrical and electronic equipment. Before entrusting failed monitors or printers to a recovery consortium (throwing them in the bin is prohibited), it would be advisable to try to repair them when possible.

Use sleep mode. Leaving the lights on in empty rooms is the most common and costly waste of energy (and money) in the office. The same goes for printers, MFPs and so on when they are not in use. Useful for reducing power consumption is sleep mode if the devices are not in use.

Use device management software. Here we go to the sophisticated, but it is the real secret of saving. There are device management software tools that allow you to turn them off when you go home and to set up other 'saving' functions (inquire with suppliers). In large offices this aspect becomes as substantial as building automation.

Give birth to green ideas. Recently, companies such as Dell, Coca-Cola and Carlsberg have for example developed eco-sustainable packaging. Dell used bamboo mushrooms and wheat straw, Coca Cola fruit peel and peel, Carlsberg used ecological containers for beer, even devising a guarantee for its green-packaging.

Culture and lead by example. It is the simplest thing but according to many also the most effective. Encouraging the green sensitivity of employees with initiatives that set a good example (flea markets, bicycle rides, ecological days, etc.) is a good practice that always works.

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