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Use both sides of paper
When photocopying, set your machine to use both sides of the paper and cut your consumption in half.
Reuse unwanted paper Don’t waste unwanted documents, shred the paper and use it as packing material.
Reuse boxes Schools are always crying out for resources. Give your old boxes to a local school and let the kids use them for craft time.
Print in draft mode To conserve even more ink, print in draft mode. It will generally lighten the shade, but you’ll still be able to read your copy clearly.
Buy paper wisely Create a policy to buy only chlorine-free paper with a high percentage of recycled content.
Buy recycled toner and ink Cartridges contribute metal and plastic to landfills, but buying toner and ink that’s refilled can help alleviate this environmental burden.
Store manuals, policies and other documents online Don’t print employee manuals, handbooks and office procedure documents – save them and give employees access to these documents online.
Encourage employees to walk or bike to work Make walking or biking an easier option by offering showers and private changing areas at your office. Make it fun by having a national “walk or ride to work” day.
Reduce margins Reduce your margin settings so that your printer uses less paper.
Videoconference Whenever possible, try to videoconference instead of travelling to meetings.
Buy green energy Many utility companies generate their electricity using wind or other alternative energy sources. Consider purchasing your electricity from one of these companies.
Banish screen savers Make sure that employees know screen savers won’t save energy. They eat up lighting and processing energy. Instead, set screen savers to “none” or “blank screen.”
Buy local, organic coffee and tea If you provide coffee or tea to employees, be sure that it’s local and organic to reduce your environmental impact.
Ask staff to come up with ideas for saving energy. It’s a great way to get everyone involved.
Enjoy the fresh air If driving at under 80km/h, turn off the air conditioning and open a window instead
Look out for leaks One dripping tap can waste 24,000 litres a year. You can fix it in a few minutes with a cheap washer
Wait until your dishwasher is full Running your AAA-rated dishwasher with a full load can use less water than washing the same dishes by hand
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