One of the greatest things we can accomplish as lovers of the environment is creating zero-waste spaces at home and work. It’s not as easy as you think. Many of the products we use are geared toward eventually creating waste. How do we break out of that cycle?
Consider the little things
Often it’s the things we don’t think about that account for the most waste in the office. Consider using a solar powered calculator instead of a battery powered one. Use paperclips instead of staples. (Did you know that we use BILLIONS of staples a year?) Go paperless as much as you possibly can. Send memos via email as opposed to over paper.
Nothing bugs me more than getting a small item shipped to me only to find it packed up in a huge box with tons of bubble wrap inside. How unnecessary! If you have to ship things for work, choose appropriate shipping mediums. Pick the right sized box or poly mailer.
Share your stuff
Think about your workspace. Are there any items that everyone has but you could have only one of? Does everyone need their own tape dispenser? Stapler? Calculator? If the answer is no, consider donating the excess and sharing your stuff instead.
Buy the “green” products
If you use paper, try to purchase 100% recycled paper. Use non-toxic cleaners. Use compostable cups, or even better, just use a mug. Make conscious choices to buy recycled things as often as you possibly can.
Instead of heading over to your local office supply store next time you need something, check around some local thrift stores first. You’d be amazed at what they get in that can be used in your office. Not only is it better for the Earth, but it’s better for your wallet too.
Buy reusable items
This is without a doubt the biggest action you can take. Use a mug for your coffee, not a styrofoam cup. Implement a white board for important messages instead of a cork bulletin board. You can even pick up refillable fountain pens instead of using the cheap throwaways.