In recent years, many of us have made changes to the way we live. With a growing consciousness about the impact that our daily lives have on the environment, an increasing number of us are looking to take a greater amount of responsibility for the waste we create.

Making changes at home can be relatively straightforward. Effecting change in the workplace, however, can be somewhat harder, as we have a greater number of people to work with. Here, we take a look at a number of tips to help you make your workplace a more sustainable environment.

1. Insulation

If your company owns the freehold for your work premises, it could be well worth investing in some proper insulation. Not only will a well insulated work space reduce the office’s overall carbon footprint, but it will also help to save money on bills in the long run. If you’re leasing the building for a long period of time and are responsible for the bills, you may be able to negotiate with the freeholder for the installation of insulation.

2. Recycling

Offices of all kinds create a fair amount of waste and most of it is recyclable. Simply getting hold of some recycling bins for your office can go a long way to making your workplace more sustainable. Beyond acquiring some recycling bins, it can be a good idea to make them accessible to all employees and to make your intentions to become a greener office clear.

3. Cut down on paper use

Mail is important for businesses, whether it’s part of a print marketing campaign or basic communication with clients and customers. In today’s day and age, however, it is by no means necessary to use paper all of the time.

Communicating via email as default will save a colossal amount of paper over the course of the year. You might choose to offer the option of paper communication, but to do so on an opt-in basis is important.

4. Consider conference calling

Travelling is an integral part of business, but it is also responsible for a large proportion of most businesses’ carbon footprint. When the time comes for an employee to travel to meet a client, give some thought to whether or not the meeting could be conducted over the internet. In the event that face to face communication is important, encourage employees to use public transport.