These tips come from Linette George, friend to GHE and owner of Get Organized by George, Inc., http://www.GetOrganizedByGeorge.com.

In Honor of Earth Day…

15 Simple Ways to ‘Green-up’ Your Office

Kermit had it all wrong. Bein’ green IS easy once you know how. With a little effort you can ‘green-up’ your office from the bathroom to the boardroom. In honor of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary, here are 15 easy things you can start doing today.

  • Power down computers and other electronic equipment at the end of each day.
  • Utilize the power save mode on computers, printers, and photocopiers.
  • Use double-sided printing and copying.
  • Cut up already-used-on-one-side paper for reuse as scratch pads.
  • Recycle used ink-jet cartridges.
  • Avoid chemical-based air fresheners in the bathroom.
  • Introduce Fair Trade Certified™ and organic coffee and tea into your workplace.
  • Stock the break room cabinets with reusable dishware.
  • Wherever there is a garbage can, place a larger recycling container.
  • Donate excess supplies, computers, office equipment to local nonprofits and schools.
  • Use Blackle.com, powered by Google, to perform your Internet searches. It saves energy by using a black screen, which requires less monitor power than Google’s white screen.
  • Choose to use non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products.
  • Thoroughly use or creatively repurpose office supplies you already have before purchasing new ones.
  • Buy recycled content paper, envelopes, and stationery. Strive for 100% post consumer content and zero chlorine bleaching whenever possible.
  • Establish a company Green Team to help implement these and future changes.

It doesn’t matter where you begin making changes, only that you begin. Once a program is established, the momentum can drive more areas of improvement. In the end you will have a healthier working environment and the satisfaction of doing your part to improve the sustainability of our planet. You will also realize increased profitability for the company. It’s a win-win-win!

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