Every workplace has the potential to become greener and more sustainable. A sustainable workplace benefits your company overheads, the environment and can also have a positive impact on the perception of your company from potential customers or clients.

1. Recycle

Recycling is the obvious place to start. Recycling paper, cardboard, plastic and glass is one seemingly small step you can take to become a greener workplace, but the impact of recycling can be huge.

Make an effort to acquire paper recycling bags from your local council and, if possible, invest in a paper shredder. Rethink throwing your low-on-ink pen in the general waste and instead opt for recycling the plastic shell. Encourage your employees or fellow colleagues to use reusable water bottles and coffee cups or glasses/mugs instead of plastic bottles and non-recyclable takeout cups.

2. Brighten things up

The lighting you use is an important factor to how sustainable and green your workplace environment is. LED lights are more sustainable and use less energy than traditional CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) lighting, making it better for both the planet and for your company’s energy bills. Not only that, LEDs contain less toxic substances than traditional bulbs

3. Recycle your IT

When retiring your company laptops, towers, PCs or even printers, the way you dispose of them is more important than you may think. Electronic waste is a global problem with potentially disastrous environmental and health effects. Digital technology, from your phone to your monitor, contains hazardous substances which are toxic to the environment and people that they come into contact with when improperly disposed of.

At Tier 1, wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling. However, if a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered – meaning that nothing goes to landfill.

4. Buy Refurbished

Buying refurbished laptops and PCs makes sense for many reasons. One of the key benefits is that it’s environmentally friendly, significantly reducing the amount of electronic waste that is produced. It also decreases how much demand there is for new equipment, which helps to preserve the earth’s resources.

You can read more about the benefits of refurbished IT for business in our free ebook.

5. Travel Smarter

Using public transport or car sharing can often be a cheaper alternative than driving to work every day, all while helping to reduce the emissions we produce. Carsharing has also been found to strengthen team relationships, with coworkers spending more time together outside of the workplace.

A sustainable workplace is good for business and good for the environment. These are just a few simple tips which don’t necessarily require huge investment. In fact, they are likely to save your business money.

To find out more about our secure and sustainable IT disposal services, please get in touch today. Call us on 0161 777 1000 or email service@tier1.com.

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