8 Easy Ways You're Forgetting to "Go Green" at Work

When it comes to "going green," less than 5% of Americans have taken recommended green actions, yet more than 90% are recycling.

So where does this big gap come from? Are people not aware on the steps they can take to incorporate green living into their daily lives and have a positive impact on the environment? Coordinated Business Systems hasn't been shy about going green. We implement green initiatives by partnering with environmentally friendly companies.

You don't have to make dramatic changes to "go green." There are plenty of small, simple things you can incorporate into your work day that will add up to make a big difference.

1. Commute smarter.
Walk or bike to work. It not only helps the environment and saves gas money, it could also help you stay fit and burn a few extra calories. If that's not an option, take public transportation. If you absolutely must drive, try carpooling or car sharing.

2. ...Or Don't Commute at All.
Telecommuting, or working from home, is another great option. 37% of U.S. workers say the have telecommuted. Save time, gas, and money by ditching your commute. Plus, how great would it be to skip rush hour?

3. Unplug.
Literally. If you think you're doing enough just turning things off, you've been mislead. Many appliances have "standby" settings that draw power - sometimes as much as 15-20 watts even if they're turned off. Make sure to unplug energy consuming machines at the end of the day and when not in use.

4. Add Plants
Plants naturally cleans the air and will improve indoor air quality. Additionally, plants can help to decrease stress, while increasing productivity by 12%. Plants and natural foliage add to the aesthetic of the building and can help to attract, retain, and enhance the attitude of employees.

5. Recycle.
That one seems obviously. There are a lot of unusual things you probably didn't realize you could recycle. For instance, did you know that you can recycle toner cartridges? Coordinated Business Systems offers no charge recycling for used toner cartridges.

6. Go Digital.
The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. Avoid printing unnecessary documents and save paper. Our Electronic Document Management solutions will help your company decrease operational costs, free up office space, and efficiently organize your documents.

7. Reusable Lunch Containers.
If you pack a lunch everyday, don't get into the habit of using plastic bags. Invest in some reusable containers that can be cleaned and ready to go for tomorrow's lunch. Consider using a microwave safe container for ease and to avoid washing multiple dishes.

8. Spread the Word
Start a discussion with your coworkers and talk about how you can implement these easy changes. Brainstorm other ways you can be environmentally conscious at work. Share this post on your social media to continue the discussion with your friends and family.

Every little bit helps; no good deed is too small when it comes to going green. At Coordinated Business Systems, we are committed to conserve and protect natural resources for future generations. We use the most energy-efficient business solutions and document imaging products that have only a marginal impact on the environment. Contact us today to find out how we can build a custom solution to help your company go green.