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Apr 22 2018

5 Tips for Reducing Waste in the Office

It’s officially Verde’s favorite day of the year: Earth Day!  While we’ve already helped hundreds of company’s reduce their energy consumption, we thought we would go a step further and help businesses with tips on how to reduce waste in general at work.  Happy readings!

Tip #1: Use reusable mugs and dishware in the office

CupLeaving/supplying reusable mugs and dishware in the office is a great way to avoid the disposables and adds some fun personality in the workplace.  At our office in Ravenswood we have ample supply of really anything you could need during lunch along with a cabinet full of fun and goofy mugs for anyone to use.  (P.S. Many coffee shops also give you a discount for bringing in your own cup.  Looking trendy and saving some dough on your espresso?  No-brainer.)  Here’s a picture of just one of the many gems in our office:

Tip #2: Composting at work

If you step foot into the Verde office’s kitchen you’ll find three bins: a recycling bin, a garbage bin, and a green bin with a lid — the compost bin!  A few months ago Verde utilized the help of Urban Canopy to begin composting any of our food scraps.  The process is simple and leaves everyone in the office feeling a tad less guilty when we happen to find the occasional fuzzy fruit at the back of the fridge.  

Tip #3: Get an energy audit of your building

Outside of the Verde staff, we generally assume that most people don’t think about the energy consumption from the appliances around them like lights and HVAC units, but they should!  Oftentimes (especially in old buildings), there are huge savings to addressing these energy issues while also reducing your carbon footprint.  Verde’s assessments are always free, but we’re offering a special deal right now of 10% off your project when you book an assessment in April.  It’s a feel good action for you and the planet.  Click on the image below to start the process.  You won’t want to wait, the 10% off deal doesn’t last forever!

Tip #4: You’ll never know what you’re wasting the most of unless you look!  Conduct a waste audit

It’s hard to change if you don’t know the details on what you’re changing exactly, so gain some insight by conducting a waste audit.  If you notice a lot of items that you can easily transition out or change to reusables (plastic utensils, cups, unnecessary packaging, etc.) then you can start making the conscious effort to change.

Tip #5: Screen Saver?  More like power-drainer.

For your computer, opt for your screen to automatically power down after a certain time of inactivity.  Not only does this help save a bit of energy, but it’s also better for your screen.  Bam, double-win.

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