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By Maria Grant

According to a recent survey conducted by Epson Ireland (July 2011), 89% per cent of Irish office workers would like their office to be more environmentally friendly. While 92 % percent of those surveyed said they wanted a greener work space for the sake of the environment, five percent cited the potential cost savings as their main motivator.

Despite this strong desire by the majority of workers for a more environmental approach, most of the companies they worked for did not have basic policies in place, such as, switching off printers and other equipment at the end of the day.

So can the individual office worker make the office environment "Greener" even if their employer has no "Green" policies in place? The answer is a resounding yes! All it takes is one person to start developing greener habits at work for others to follow.

Climate change is a big issue for all of us. A significant amount of CO2 emissions come from the office and we can all do our bit by developing greener habits at work.

Here are some steps you can take at work. Many will also help you or your business to save money.

According to a recent survey conducted by Epson Ireland (July 2011), 89% per cent of Irish office workers would like their office to be more environmentally friendly. While 92 % percent of those surveyed said they wanted a greener work space for the sake of the environment, five percent cited the potential cost savings as their main motivator.

Despite this strong desire by the majority of workers for a more environmental approach, most of the companies they worked for did not have basic policies in place, such as, switching off printers and other equipment at the end of the day.

So can the individual office worker make the office environment "Greener" even if their employer has no "Green" policies in place? The answer is a resounding yes! All it takes is one person to start developing greener habits at work for others to follow.

Climate change is a big issue for all of us. A significant amount of CO2 emissions come from the office and we can all do our bit by developing greener habits at work.

Here are some steps you can take at work. Many will also help you or your business to save money.
  •     Car share or use public transport on the way to and from work or, better still, walk or use a bicycle if feasible.
  •     Use Environmentally friendly office and stationery supplies where possible.
  •     Look at all the office and stationery products you currently order and check for environmental accreditation.
  •     Ask your office supplier to tell you about the recycled office and stationery supplies they can provide.
  •     Think before you print and only print when necessary.
  •     Use both sides of the paper for printing where possible.
  •     Use compatible printer cartridges which have been re-manufactured.
  •     Save ink or toner by setting your printer to print in draft mode. This is usually sufficient for most documents.
  •     Consolidate orders to reduce packaging, paperwork and transport emissions.
  •     Recycle as much as you can. If you are not sure where to recycle a product, contact the manufacturer or look on their website.
  •     Check energy ratings before purchasing new equipment.
  •     Use energy saving light bulbs.
  •     Unplug your phone charger when your phone is charged.
  •     Only boil the water you need in a kettle and keep the element lime scale free.
  •     Use rechargeable batteries
  •     Turn lights, printers, and other electrical equipment off at the end of the work day. Don't use the stand-by feature as many appliances on standby can use up to 85% of the energy they use when fully on.
Maria Grant is the owner of The Green Office Ltd, an office and stationery supply company based in Dublin, Ireland and specialising in environmentally friendly office stationary supplies.