Sustainable Office

24/05/2022

How to make your office sustainable

With amazing benefits to the planet, a positive impact on society not to mention your company’s bottom line, there are genuinely few reasons to shy away from being a “sustainable” business. In fact, the sole reason holding your company back from being one now is probably that you’re not sure how to actually do it. 

Enter climagap… We’ve rounded up 5 tips to build a sustainable office:

Before we jump into how to build a sustainable office, if you’re still not sure being sustainable is important to your company, give this article (link to “SME sustainable business” article)  a quick read. 

Now onto the 5 tips:

1. Power management: Turning company lights off for as little as one hour a day, could remove as much greenhouse gas emissions as 97 cars  would produce in a year. Place signs throughout the office and actively remind employees to switch off lights and equipment after use, or simply when not needed. Making the switch to energy-efficient equipment and lights is also key.

2. Sustainable snacking: The office snack pantry is often responsible for a high number of plastic cups, dishwares and cutlery. These things emit twice as many  greenhouse gases to the atmosphere as the aviation industry.  Replace these with reusable dishware and cutlery for office kitchens and snack bars. Why not make a competition out of it? You can implement a mini-competition for employees to carry their own cutlery in exchange for fun engaging prizes.

3. Responsible recycling: Recycled materials release up to 96% less greenhouse gases than their unrecycled counterparts, depending on the material. Make recycling a part of your company culture by setting up clearly marked bins and educating your employees on good recycling practices. The Recycle Right guidelines is a great starting point to set up the right amount of bins and create guidelines for the different types of waste management for your team.

4. Review your business processes: Make use of the climagap calculator to estimate your business’s carbon emissions and use these insights to make your processes more eco-friendly. After estimating the high-emissions processes, you can explore sustainable measures to address them including; digitalization to reduce paper use, minimising travel and managing your manufacturing waste. When you cannot eliminate all emissions, you can supplement your reduction efforts by supporting carbon offsetting projects.

5. Sustainable supply chain: For an overall sustainable business, you must not only ensure the sustainability of your processes and practices, but also of your partners’. Ideally, you want to find Climate Active carbon-neutral partners. If you want to maintain your existing partnerships, why not share and encourage these partners to adopt sustainable practices too.

If you manage to follow these steps and make your business a more sustainable one, it’s time to share it with your stakeholders! 

Do you have your own ways of becoming a sustainable business not listed? Please share with us in the comments below or send us an email to contact@climagap. 

Good for Business. Great for the Planet.