The art of ‘going green’ needn’t be confined to the domestic setting. Setting up eco-friendly office interiors can bring all kinds of advantages to both the environment and the company. After all, an ecological focus in the workplace can help save money, motivate staff and boost the company’s public image. What’s not to like? Here’s how to go about it.
A huge way to help the environment in the workplace is to install energy-saving measures. Technology such as cloud-based computing can help reduce energy by removing the need for a physical dedicated server. Introducing requirements to shut down computers when employees go for lunch or have lengthy meetings can also help. In the kitchen, having eco-friendly kettles,. Microwaves etc. can all help contribute. As can eco-friendly heating solutions, solar panels, motion-detecting lighting and so forth.
Letting the outdoors in
Bringing plants indoors offers many benefits, from the aesthetic to the mood-enhancing. Many architects and interior designers are incorporating features such as roof-top gardens and ‘green walls’ with living plants embedded in soil providing the décor. Growing herbs in the kitchen is also a nice touch, as is allowing colleagues to have pot plants on their desks.
Reducing, reusing, recycling
Incorporating easy-to-use recycling facilities in a new office interior design will help employees stay on top of their good intentions to cut down waste. Place paper recycling points next to areas where a lot of paper is used, such as next to printers and photocopiers. Have a compost caddy in the kitchen for tea bags and apple cores and sign up to a printer cartridge, toner and battery recycling scheme to ensure their responsible disposal when spent.
Going even further into an ecological set-up, many offices could benefit from installing rainwater collection devices that can then be used for systems such as toilet flushes and wash basins in the office. Other workplaces that use more water, such as car showrooms, garden centres etc. could well see even greater advantages to such a move. Consider providing employees with training in how to reduce their water use and work in a more ecological way.
The heat is on
Regular checks if the office heating and cooling systems will help keep them running at optimal levels with less energy waste. Make sure they are not blocked or broken and invest in thicker windows to improve ventilation if possible. Fit blinds or curtains to keep the heat in over the winter.