The clock is ticking, and the time for doing something for our planet is… now! If you don’t know where to start, here are some ideas that you can adopt at home or at the office. Take a look! ⤵

  1. Go paperless: at work, opt for email and ask your customers if you can send their receipts, or any other paperwork, digitally; at home, use less packaged products.
  2. Unplug your electronic devices (don’t unplug the fridge, please!), as they still consume energy even in standby mode, and enable the power-saving or sleep mode on computers. 🔌
  3. Install motion-activated light switches/timers, to make sure that everything is disconnected when nobody is using it. ⏱
  4. Use mobile devices or overhead projectors to display meeting agendas or other presentations. 💻
  5. Install smart power strips. 
  6. Install LED bulbs. 💡
  7. Donate or recycle old electronics. ♻️
  8. Use natural fibre cloths and scrubs, instead of paper towels, and clean the place by using eco-friendly detergents.
  9. Buy in bulk: coffee capsules are a trend (and some coffee companies do recycle their capsules), but ground or powder coffee can be bought in bulk and without plastic or aluminium residues. You can also use coffee filters made of recycled paper or a coffee maker that doesn’t need filters at all. If possible, compost coffee grounds. ☕
  10. Avoid single-use plastics: implement a Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle (BYORB) policy at the office, give preference to reusable mugs, glasses, dishes and cutlery, and use glass storage containers. 🍽️
  11. Regularly clean your (and your company’s) fridge: this reduces energy drain, helps the fridge run more efficiently, and prevents food waste.
  12. Support local and/or organic food or fruit producers and providers. 🍓🍐
  13. Keep the shades open during daylight hours (use computer blue light anti-glare filter screens to prevent eye strain and light reflections).
  14. Place waste differentiation bins for recycling and composting at the office and at home.
  15. Find an eco-friendly business card provider and use recycled paper, if needed.
  16. Incentivize greener methods of commuting, such as public transportation, carpooling or bike (if possible, set a bike rack for employees). 🚌🚆
  17. Decorate your room with indoor plants. 🌷
  18. Establish a sustainability initiative task-force or green team at the office. 🧑🏼‍🤝‍🧑🏻
  19. Incentivize and appreciate green behaviours, set a point system and reward the monthly winners or create monthly green challenges. 🏅
  20. Talk about environmental policies with friends, family, co-workers, literally, everyone! 🌻🌳💦

 

Can you add any other green, eco-friendly resolutions for 2019 (and beyond)? Please share them with us! ✊