The BP oil spill is one year old this week, coincidentally the same week as Earth Day. Although the gulf is recovering, and Earth Day is already 41 years old, are we doing much in our day-to-day lives to effect change? Since much of my day-to-day life is at my office, I figured I’d share a few easy tips any of us can choose to put into practice starting this week.
Commit to ZERO disposable coffee cups. Did you know that most cups are made from virgin wood, and that more often than not recyclable cups don’t end up in the recycling bin? An easy solution would be to either keep coffee mugs at the office or bring your own reusable mug.
Use shredded paper for packing. Many of us still use peanuts and other stuffing materials, which are bad for the environment, to cushion the contents of a package. Next time, try using shredded paper or newspaper. It will get the job done just as well, while cutting down on environmental waste.
Print double-sided. Developing the habit to print on both sides of the paper will help you eliminate waste and keep your desk clutter-free.
Turn off the lights. Remember to turn off the lights when the conference room is not in use or when there is no one in the office. This is such a simple thing we often forget.
Bring back the water cooler chats. Don’t use bottled water in the office. Despite the fact that we try to recycle, millions of plastic bottles end up in landfills every year. It takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose, and in the process harmful toxins leak and poison the soil.
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