Use green awards to entice employees to care about the environment

By: Abigail Richards

Going green has become increasingly important over the past few years with more data coming out about the effects of global warming among other environmental issues. If your office is less than green, it might be a smart idea to kick off 2013 with a few eco-friendly changes. Here are some ideas to consider:

Buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges
Let’s face it, in an office setting it is easy to go through numerous ink and toner cartridges on a regular basis. Even if you are unable to go paperless in your establishment, you can still make a difference. Instead of buying new toner and ink each time, consider buying remanufactured options. This will not only save you money, but it also improves the earth. Using just one remanufactured cartridge saves 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic from going to landfills, Office Depot reports. 

Turn off computers, other electronics
Most offices these days have a slew of computer, TVs, coffee makers and more using electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An easy way to help the earth and your electricity bill is to unplug some or all of these items over the weekends, or even each night to reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

It may be hard to get employees to follow this and other green ideas, but they might be more inclined to do so if you dole out green awards to the workers who abide by the new rules best.