25 Go Green Ideas For The Office That Will Rock Your World


Going green is good for business and good for the environment.

Implementing good go green ideas doesn’t necessarily mean spending lots of money.

In fact, using effective go green ideas can actually save you money.

Below we have outlined 25 low cost go green ideas for the office. Where relevant we have added links to the go green ideas to articles which provide more detailed information.

Go Green Ideas – 1 through 10

1. Remove personal bins and centralised waste and recycling system. This article on the top 7 office recycling tips explains how to do this without irritating a lot of people

2. Implement a switch off campaign for lights and office equipment

3. Buy organic products and fair trade teas and coffees

4. Purchase recycled paper and green office stationary

5. One of the most overlooked go green ideas is switching your web hosting to green web hosting. The cost is negligible and the impact is high as you can reduce indirect emissions from your carbon footprint and use an eco-label on your website to demonstrate to visitors what you are doing to reduce your IT environmental impact. Check out our review of three leading green web hosting companies

6. Ensure hitting and cooling systems are optimally setup (i.e. are not on in the evenings or over the weekends) and that the temperature is set between 20-22 degree C

7. Implement default double sided printing. This article on green printing tips and advice explains how

8. Setup a printer friendly email signature for all staff. Here’s an simple and short example of what u can say: “Please consider the environment before printing this email.”

9. Encourage cycling to work by providing subsidies for staff who use bikes and facilities (lockers, bike racks, showers) for cyclists

10. Implement a car pool scheme for staff

Go Green Ideas – 11 through 20

11. Install timers on printers to ensure shut down during out of office hours

12. Put water hippos in the toilet cisterns to reduce flush volume and save water. This article on the top 5 office water saving tips and devices explains water conservation methods

13. Delamp (i.e. Remove bulbs) in areas that are over-lit

14. Replace inefficient, high energy light bulbs (incandescent and halogen lights) with lower wattage, energy saving lights (compact fluorescent and LEDs). Another article by me on how to choose energy efficient lighting

15. Invest in automatic power shut down software or plugs to switch off IT equipment during out of office hours. Here are my favourite automatic power shutdown devices

16. Have all residual landfill waste collected by a waste contractor who offers zero to landfill services (i.e. incineration via an energy from waste plant)

17. Write and implement an environmental policy. Learn how to write an environmental policy with our marketing leading guide. Note: this is the only paid resource on the Sustainable Business Toolkit. We believe it is the most thorough environmental policy advice on the market and guarantee it will leave you with a policy that you will be proud to share with customers, staff and on your website

18. Use non-hazardous and Eco-friendly cleaning products

19. Encourage staff to use scrap paper for internal notes by giving each staff member a scrap paper box in their desk

20. Invest in light sensors for areas that get used sporadically throughout the day (i.e. Meeting rooms, toilets)

Go Green Ideas – 21 through 25

21. Measure your carbon footprint to identify where your largest impact is. Our article how to calculate a carbon footprint is a great place to start

22. Ensure boilers, AC units and radiators are properly maintained through an annual service

23. Implement a comprehensive recycling scheme to recycle cardboard, plastics, glass, CDs, batteries, fluorescent tubes, IT equipment ect. Our article on top 7 office recycling tips explains how to do this

24. Optimise the use of natural light and ventilation

25. Use a credible carbon offset program to offset any residual emissions that you can’t reduce or mitigate more than you already have. If you want to find out whether being carbon neutral is a worthwhile pursuit for your organisation have a look at this article

So that’s it for our list of low cost go green ideas.

We encourage you to start small and implement a few of these go green ideas before trying solutions which are bigger and bolder.

Follow the links above to find out more details on some of the go green ideas that best resonate with you and your organisation

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Katelyn Howell says September 22, 2014

These are all great. New Things have happened since this article. For Starters, There is now a bio-based toner cartridge instead of the petroleum filled one. Environment First Printing manufactures a bio-based toner that uses soybean oil instead of petroleum… Check them out, I think you will be pleased!

Tracey Rawling Church says January 7, 2015

A couple of words of caution about bio-based toner. Firstly, there are concerns about the impact on food security/food prices due to the use of soybeans for industrial processes. Printing less is always the most environmentally-responsible solution – switching to bio-based toner isn’t a license to print! And if you purchase a printer that carries an Eco-mark such as Blue Angel that certifies process emissions levels during printing bear in mind that substituting another brand for the manufacturer’s own brand toner means that the emissions profile will change, rendering the label invalid.

Kelsey Twocu says February 22, 2016

Hi Tracey,

Thank you for your post! It prompted me to do my research. Well, the great news about Bio-Toner, at least the type that Environment First Printing brought to market uses ONLY soybean OIL…not the soybean. So no food security or food prices will be augmented. You are right, printing less is the best solution, but in our business…one must print.

So Glad we use bio-toner, and it sounds like a bunch of people online are using them now also…which is a great switch, it was for our office!

I think there are two suppliers, but we use Environment First Printing and find them to be very good. You can find them at http://www.environmentfirstprinting.com



Global For Life says March 8, 2016

This is the way how I want to practice in daily life to do such a balance for my environment in order I have joined to implement going green ideas.

Sherrie says June 8, 2016

These are great!

But don’t put a brick in your toilet. THe brick will break down in time and cause plumbing problems. Use a “tank bank” or “toilet tummy” which will clip to the side and not move around, interfering with the inner workings of the toilet and causing different leaks.

Also bike mileage! There is car mileage, but bikes also need maintenance and having a reduced reimbursement per mile could encouraging bike commuting. 🙂

Rachel Smith says June 5, 2017

Excellent suggestions and practical too. One thing that I would like to add is that by choosing window tinting, you can save on cooling costs too. It also helps keep out the harmful UV rays without compromising on the natural light entering the workplace.

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