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4 Ways to Reduce Carbon Footprint in the Office

The concept of sustainability for some companies is equated to a complete overhaul of the workplace to make them into a sleek, state-of-the-art office environment. However, not all businesses have the investment capital to implement green efforts as grandiose as like that.

Fortunately, implementing environmentally-conscious practices in and around the workplace doesn’t have to entail a big budget or drastic change that could hamper business growth and success. It’s more about making a united, decisive determination to shift simple habits or basic beliefs that would lead to a greener, more sustainable office.

Read on to find out 5 of the simplest, most cost-effective ways that your office can improve its carbon footprint.

Aim for a Plant-filled Office Environment

office with plants inside

Green living inside the office can start by having small indoor plants in key positions in and around the workplace. It is the a cheap and easy way to remove air impurities and improve air quality, enhance interior design and landscaping features, and even promote overall well-being.

By incorporating greeneries naturally around the office, it increases the aesthetic value of the space without breaking the bank and also helps in increasing employee productivity. Most importantly, it combats indoor air pollution and minimises the carbon emission that the workplace produces every day.

Implement the 8Rs of Green Office Living

It may seem obvious but not all companies have a clear property management and waste disposal plan of action that would lead to minimising the organisation’s overall carbon footprint.

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It is also understandable that this can only be done to an extent that won’t cause hindrance to the daily business processes or won’t compromise professionalism of the workplace.

Nevertheless, explore your workplace policies and make sure to include the following:

  1. Reduce, Refuse, and Reject

    Limit the purchase of office-related products that have too much packaging or lower the usage of utilities and resources that don’t have to be consumed unnecessarily. Avoid using disposable materials inside work cubicles, break rooms, and common office areas.

  2. Reuse, Recycle, Recover

    Be mindful of how to store materials and containers with short shelf life so when it is time to clear them out of the office, you could donate it for a good cause instead of having them thrown out to the landfill.

  3. Replace and Re-boost

    Substitute broken or inefficient items with a device or material of the same value and function but without harming the environment:

    • Harsh overhead lighting to LED bulbs and lamps
    • Toxic cleaning products to biodegradable cleaners
    • Carnivorous diet to meat-free/plant-based meals
    • Solvent-based paints to water-based paints
    • Paper towels to hand dryers or cloth towels
    • Buying and upgrading electronic devices to renting

Stay Organised

Improving the office space carbon footprint won’t mean so much if you don’t stay on top of your day-to-day files, office materials, and even personal belongings.

Staying organised means less waste. It will lead to a more efficient inventory, less capital spent on repairs, replacements, or re-purchases, and more savings on professional office cleaning services.

Encouraging each employee and staff to tidy up their own work station will save you time and energy, as well as resources that would ultimately have to go back to the surroundings.

Choose Green Office Cleaning Services

Some things are out of your control, not within your area of expertise, or are not safe for you to manage. But you can hire the right people that can do an efficient job of delivering the kind of service you deserve but would also make Mother Nature happy.

This includes maintenance of HVAC units, carpet upkeep, building repairs and conservation, recycling and composting services, and general office cleaning tasks.

It is important to choose an office cleaning crew in Singapore that has a deep commitment to preserving and protecting the environment. Make careful research of the company’s plan of action including involved materials, equipment, and products that they regularly use to render their services.

Why Choose Avalon Services as your Professional Office Cleaning Agency

The type of office cleaning that Avalon Services offers is one characterised by industry standard excellence and professionalism. It takes pride in employing experienced registered cleaning technicians with the right skills to handle eco-friendly products and equipment in delivering a clean, safe, and hygienic office environment to you.