What is a sustainable office? Sustainability, as defined in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development, means “forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
Do you recycle at home? You likely answered yes. Do you recycle at the office? well….. It is important to be mindful of recycling not only in our personal lives, but also in our professional lives. Ok, but how can I recycle at work?
Here are 6 easy ways you can go green. Just think, with a few minor tweaks, you can become green and your company can save money and energy too!
- Turn off electronics, lighting, and thermostat every evening – create a please turn off sign.
- Choose better office products – NJ Office Furniture Depot offers office furniture products that are “GREENGUARD Gold Certified” this standard includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to help ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments like schools and healthcare facilities.
- Change the way you commute – Commute with co-workers or take public transportation to cut back on gas. Companies can encourage employees to lower commuting emissions by walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transit to the office, and offering incentives.
- Go Paperless- be conscious of printing practices.
- Bring a desk plant to work – plants improve indoor air quality and bring some nature into the office environment.
- Utilize Natural Light– Natural Light equals happier and healthier employees. A recent study at Cornell showed workers exposed to natural light experienced an 84 percent drop in issues such as headaches, eyestrain, and blurred vision. Because those symptoms can lead to increased fatigue, workers exposed to less natural light were more susceptible to other health issues.
If you find that an office furniture purchase is in the cards for 2020, call 732-641-2791 or visit our showroom in Monroe to see our selection of office furniture in person!