Green living can extend far outside our homes. We can also implement eco-friendly practices within the workplace. Eliminating toxins and contaminants found in common cleaning supplies and installing HEPA filters in heating and cooling units can reduce our exposure to dangerous airborne pathogens that can depress our immune systems and minimize our abilities to think clearly or concentrate on tasks.
Natural Elements Create a Softer Atmosphere
Fabrics made with cotton or wood accents in furniture can soften the appearance of a room. Natural elements are more inviting compared to the harsh lines of metal and plastic. When you make the choice to redecorate or upgrade your office furniture, look for pieces that represent more natural origins. Many furniture companies are leaning toward more natural, sustainable materials that give their products a unique and beautiful appearance.
Recycling Reduces Waste
Recycle as much of your office waste as possible. Repurpose furniture you no longer use or donate to a charity that can sell it. The donation is tax deductible, and you will be eliminating massive amounts of waste that would otherwise simply end up in a landfill. There are many ways to recycle:
- Office paper
- Electronics and appliances
- Aluminum and steel cans
Place recycling bins in convenient locations, and encourage your employees to use them. Once it becomes a habit, you will be amazed at the amount of waste and how it is reduced when compared to how much was thrown away in the past.
Green Cleaning Products Provide Better Air Quality
Green cleaning products maintain better air quality than those that contain harsh chemicals. Cleaning products containing citrus oils leave a room smelling fresh and invigorating. Lemon is known to be a mood enhancer and can actually improve concentration and clarity while employees perform their tasks.
Implementing green living practices in the workplace reduces our carbon footprint on the environment and can create a positive atmosphere that’s conducive to increased productivity and feelings of improved wellness.