Simple steps to make your office more sustainable

Here Michael Scott, Managing Director of The EcoCaffe Company, shares some handy, easy to implement tips on how SME business owners can reduce their environmental footprint.

Here Michael Scott, Managing Director of The EcoCaffe Company, shares some handy, easy to implement tips on how SME business owners can reduce their environmental footprint.

With the “sustainability” word being used everywhere, many SMEs are asking what are the little things that they can do to reduce their environmental footprint without having to go through the formal accreditation process associated with ISO 14001.

This checklist from The ecoCaffe Company attempts to help remind SME business owners of eight simple things they can do that will collectively make a substantial difference. Making a difference is always led from the top, so it is important that senior managers or company owners actively adopting sustainable office initiatives.

  1. An oldie but a goodie - car pooling: This whole car sharing thing has taken a huge step up recently with the likes of Uber and Go Get, but in the work environment it’s even easier. Organising an office carpool can be as easy as posting a notice on your office notice board. The cost saving and environmental benefits are obvious, but it's also a great team-builder. Look for opportunities to place notices on intranets and newsletters, and consider incentives for people that organise meaningful ride-sharing programs.    

  2. Green your coffee pod machine: Did you know that in Australia more than three million plastic and aluminium coffee pods end up in landfill every day, and this is predicted to double within five years? A substantial amount of this waste is generated by companies that want to provide good coffee for staff and customers. Plastic and aluminium pods will last in landfill for up to 500 years, which is worse than plastic bags. We all love our Nespresso machines at work, but thankfully there is a new way to enjoy that experience without destroying the environment. Swiss company Ethical Coffee Company has developed a vegetable matter based pod that biodegrades in 180 days and is now available in Australia via www.ecocaffe.com.au.

  3. Turn off all those devices at night: Every night, PCs and laptops are displaying screensavers to millions of perfectly empty workstations. A computer works about as hard to produce a screensaver as a spreadsheet or any other routine task. That means many office computers are using as much power idling as they do actually working, so shut down at the end of the day.

To read this article in full - which includes five further tips to reduce your environmental footprint – keep an eye out for the forthcoming March print issue of My Business.

My Business is offering readers an exclusive trial offer with The EcoCaffe Company. Simply place an order at www.ecocaffe.com.au and enter the code “SMEA” in the checkout and receive a 10 per cent discount on your first order. Offer valid until February 28, 2015.

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