Some of us want to go green because of the environment. Some of us want to do it to save money. And most of us want to do it for both reasons. If you work from home, chances are your office is one of the biggest environmental drains in your home, second to the kitchen. So, if you are going to make a difference, your office is a good place to start. To help, check out our ideas for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your home office.
It is a simple fact that in your home office, you are eventually going to need paper for something. So when you do, go eco-friendly by buying recycled paper. Once you are done, you can recycle the paper you used, significantly reducing the waste in your office.
Our best intentions are often thwarted when we opt for convenience over following through. Remove the temptation to simple trash items rather than walking to the recycling by keeping a recycling bin in your office. When it is easy to do the right thing, we do it.
Hopefully, your office is not in a closet and you have a window that offers natural light. Whenever possible, rely on sunlight rather than electricity to light up your space. Also, if you leave chargers plugged in but unused, unplug them to ensure they are not drawing electricity without a need.
Paperless options are offered by most banks, credit cards, and lenders, as well as many other institutions. If it is an option, opt in. Also, when it comes to signing contracts and other tasks that tend to require printing documents, ask if it is possible to go digital instead.
These are items that should not be sent to the landfill but also cannot go to just any recycling center. Instead, look into local programs or collections where you can drop them off with the right people to be safely disposed of.
Do you have more ideas for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the home office? Tell us about them!