You might not think the office is a place where you could be green and self-sufficient, but in reality it’s one of the best places to care for the environment – as well as your health.
Most of the following tips are beneficial to both you as a worker and to the company you work for as a whole. Having a healthier lifestyle and attitude can increase your productivity, creativity and enthusiasm for the job – a combination any business will want in an employee.
Before we even set foot in the office, first consider how you get to work.
It’s a no-brainer that walking/cycling is healthier for you than driving, so perhaps – if you are able to – restrict yourself to only using your car on wet or icy winter days. You’ll save yourself a lot of money from the running costs of a car plus, you’re getting a healthy dose of exercise for the day.
Alternatively, car sharing might be an idea too. Some companies hire staff in close proximity to the office and encourage car sharing.
Make saving energy a competition between departments as this will promote healthy competitiveness amongst staff. Add an incentive like a decent prize for the winner and the office now has a healthy competitive attitude.
For example, hook up a few cycling machines and generate power for the office through them. The department who can clock the most miles of energy wins!
Plants come with a multitude of self-sufficient benefits. First and foremost, they act as air purifiers and remove toxic gases like formaldehyde from the office air, helping everyone to breathe more easily. A good supply of oxygen helps the brain function too. Even scenting can bring a new lease of life to a drab office.
In addition, you could go one step further and grown your own foods in an office greenhouse. You could grow things like tomatoes and lettuce to provide healthy lunch time snacks for all the staff.
For companies who really want to take self sufficiency seriously, it’s possible to install drainage pipes from the roof to gather rain water to flush the toilets. Many people have tried this with great success. In an average household, around 25% of the water that is paid for is flushed down the toilet. Think how much is being wasted across an entire office five days a week?
Installing solar panels can be quite expensive, but with governments putting renting schemes in place to subsidise the huge cost, it can be very affordable and very efficient too.
If all of the energy collected from the sun isn’t used, it can sold back to energy companies at a set rate, which in turn can pay for either staff wages, the rent of the solar panels or any other costs that may arise.
Do you have any tips on being self sufficient in the office?