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How to be Sustainable in the Workplace

Submitted by PrinterWorks West

April 20, 2022

How to be Sustainable in the Workplace

Did you know that April is Earth Month and April 22 is Earth Day? Caring about our planet should be celebrated everyday but recent events give us cause to reflect on our planet and how we're treating it. Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 

Here are 5 simple ways your team can become more sustainable in the workplace.  


1. Implement a recycling program

One easy way of supporting sustainability is to create a recycling program within your office. These bins can be situated in the kitchen area of your office. Just ensure you provide flyers at each recycling station, so staff know where to put their recyclables appropriately. Educating each other on the best forms of recycling is key to a more sustainable work environment. Nowadays, there are countless options when it comes to deciding what recycling company is the right fit for you.


2. Save energy within the office

The simplest actions are usually the most effective. Even down to turning off the lights and switching off electronic equipment around the office during off-hours will help to save energy resources as well as save your company a significant amount on your electric bill. Make sure to communicate these positive changes in policies with your staff members so that they too can shut off their computers at the end of each workday and turn the lights off in their offices before they depart. 


3. Try to go green with vendors

Try your best to source green vendors that are local to your business. This will create a more sustainable environment for your workplace. Make sure you research your vendors to ensure their legitimacy. 


4. Reduce by reusing

At PrinterWorks West, we discourage disposable coffee cups being used by our employees and instead, purchased ceramic mugs to replace them to be re-used daily at the office. We also promote this initiative in our office by offering company merchandise items such as travel mugs, travel bags and stainless-steel water bottles. 


5. Invest in office plants

Placing plants around the office can help to beautify your workspaces, uplift the overall atmosphere of your workplace, and reduce stress and anxiety for your workforce. Indoor greenery can boost oxygen levels and remove harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide and formaldehyde. In fact, NASA research reveals that indoor plants reduce 87% of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours.  


Have any questions or concerns? Feel free to contact our team by emailing for more details! 

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