Recycle everything you can. Provide recycling bins for all recyclables.
Buy Recycled Products
Buy products with recycled content and products sold in packaging that can be recycled.
Buy In Bulk
Reduce excess/individual packaging waste and buy food and products in bulk.
Encourage the use of personal reusable dishware and mugs when possible.
Provide unbleached, recycled paper towels and plates/cups (avoid disposable plastics or styrofoam)
Energy Efficient light Bulbs
Replace standard watt bulbs with energy efficient, long-lasting compact fluorescent light bulbs. Turn off lights when not needed
Print and copy double-sided whenever possible, and reuse single-sided, used paper.
Decorate With Plants
Decorate with hardy green plants that improve indoor air as well as the overall look of offices.
Say No to Styrofoam
For catered conferences, meetings, general craft services, make sure food suppliers do not provide styrofoam – ask caterers to provide only recyclable serving containers (eg. aluminum pans).
Arrange to have leftovers from catered meals picked up by a food bank that donates to local shelters.
Non-Toxic Janitorial Products
Use nontoxic soap and cleaners. Supply or ask janitorial staff to stock chlorine free toilet paper, paper towels and tissues.
Support organic farming and buy organic food, shade-grown/organic and fair trade coffee & teas.
For Logo T-shirts and accessories, consider clothing made of organic cotton and/or recycled materials.
Buy locally produced products and materials whenever possible to reduce additional pollution and energy use associated with transportation.
Discard hazardous wastes at an appropriate drop off center.
Purchase used office furniture when possible.
Donate all unwanted items to organizations in need, food and clothing to shelters, equipment to nonprofits, schools, children’s organizations etc.
Encourage incentives for carpooling or using public transportation.
Use Energy Star rated/labeled energy efficient computers, copiers, fax machines, refrigerators and other appliances. Turn off any equipment when not in use.
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