There’s every good reason to reduce waste in
all aspects of our life – at home, at work, and on the go. Excessive waste has
environmental repercussions, as well as financial ones – why buy more than what
you need? In an office setting, waste can contribute to higher overhead and
inefficiencies, as well as have a bigger adverse impact on the environment than
it does on an individual basis. For those reasons, here are a few ways you can
help reduce waste in your office environment and create a more sustainable
system for business.
It’s astounding how much paper-waste a single
office can generate, and going paperless is one great way to kick that habit.
Take some time to identify what can be digitized and delegate those tasks to
the appropriate teams or people. This can save a significant amount of money,
even in a relatively short period of time, and will absolutely add up over the
If paper can’t be completely ditched, set your
printers to print double-sided by default. At a minimum, this will half paper
use, but it may help even more by making others more conscious about their
printing habits. Combining this with digitizing certain aspects is sure to make
a big dent in your paper purchasing needs, which can add up to major savings.
Set up a taskforce dedicated to making the
office as eco-friendly as possible. There is no substitute for letting those
who truly know your business best take the reigns for a bit with permission to
be creative to achieve their goal. Once they develop proposals for incentives
and programs, you can decide what will add the most value or may not be
with suppliers to minimize waste
Suppliers know their business best, just as
you know yours. At present, your suppliers are likely providing you exactly
what you ask for. However, giving them a call and asking them if they have any
suggestions so you could make small tweaks to your orders in the interest of
minimizing waste may yield surprising results. By changing a few small ways you
utilize their product, you could reconfigure your regular orders to be more
It’s easy for a business’s needs to change
over time, and it’s easy to not notice exactly when that happens. Assign
someone to audit your inventory and current ordering schedules. You may be able
to see if there is anywhere you can reduce product if your needs have
decreased, or update the order to buy in greater quantities to be more waste
and cost efficient if your needs have increased.
an upcycle station for old equipment
You never know what a creative employee can do
with some old equipment, so instead of throwing it out immediately, create an
upcycle station to give people the opportunity to take it home and breathe new
life into it. Plus, your team will most certainly appreciate it.