7 Tips to Green Your Office
More and more companies are jumping on the "green" bandwagon as they see
eco-conscious consumers taking steps to live more environmentally sustainable
lifestyles. Companies are now finding that being eco-friendly puts them at a
At a recent IPC "It's Not Easy Being Green" symposium, Patricia Calkins, VP of
Environmental, Health, and Safety at Xerox, offered the following simple steps
to extend the eco-friendly spirit to the workplace:
Cut paper use. Print on both sides of the page - or "duplex"
printing. Print multiple pages per page.
Saving paper also saves energy.
Reach for the right paper, and recycle the paper you use.
Use environmentally preferable paper, which requires half the
number of trees of conventional paper.
Install bins at several office locations to make it easier to
collect paper for recycling or for reuse as notepaper.
Reach for the Energy Star. Upgrade old products with new, more
efficient systems and the savings add up.
Replace copiers and printers with products that do it all. One
multifunction system can handle your document needs.
Don't throw away empty toner cartridges. Many suppliers provide
customers with prepaid postage to return cartridges for reuse and recycling.
Seek office equipment designed for re-manufacture or recycling.
Xerox's recycling and re-manufacture programs have diverted more than 2 billion
pounds of waste from landfills since 1991.
Use software to simplify the way you use
documents. Cut back the time and energy spent on manual paper-based processes
with workflow management systems and collaboration tools.
strategies are not just operational, they involve educating employees, engaging
them in ideas and innovation. More companies are leading the charge to be
environmentally friendly – not just because it's good for our natural resources,
but because it's also good for the bottom line.