If selective sorting and energy saving are part of your daily habits at home, you’ll be pleased to hear that eco-friendly practices also have their place in the office! Here are some tips to help you protect our planet at the workplace.
Dig Out Your “World’s Best Mom” Mug.
Plastic cups near the water fountain? Other plastic cups in the coffee machine? We are being invaded! 2 coffees a day, on 230 workdays per year, mean 460 cups discarded per person each year. To stop this, nothing easier: bring your own customized glass, thermos and mug to work. Don’t forget to label them!
Tote Bag is The New Black.
For the lunch break, bring your must-have tote bag to avoid coming back to office with a plastic or paper bag containing your meal, that will be thrown away systematically.
Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew.
In office restaurant, avoid food waste. Don’t take this additional chili saucer that you will never use. What is wrong with Nicole and her additional portion of rice she always orders and discards?
Interesting number: a worker throws on average 150 to 200 grams of food at each meal in their office canteen. Having a collective refrigerator in the office is an opportunity to preserve food that wasn’t consumed in the day and eat it the next day, or offer it to colleagues. To save energy (and money), keep your office fridge at its ideal temperature - between 2°C and 3°C - and don’t overload it with hot food.
Don’t Mess Up With Bins.
When you discard, are you doing it correctly ? Do some research about the sorting policy of your workplace. Selective sorting of paper, glass and plastic are easy to implement. Try to make it clearly labeled, to avoid throwing the wrong containers in the wrong bin - and for Giselle to understand where to throw out her printed cat pictures.
Say Goodbye To Capsules.
Same challenge with the disposable capsules of espresso machines. The best is to exchange your beloved Nespresso coffee machine for a piston coffee machine, which can help you recycle the coffee grounds - Use it as a fertilizer for your premise plants. As soon as you’re done using the coffee machine, don’t forget to switch it off at the main power socket on the wall.
Start To Polish The Silverware.
A practical tip to set up in your company: ask the management to provide some lunch ustensiles. When you go get a takeaway at the corner food court, kindly ask Auntie to keep her plastic spoon, in order to use the pantry’s reusable cutlery.
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