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Many of us are eco-conscious at home, but less
so at work. Here’s how to turn over a new leaf.
BY MELINDA HAM
AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACES GENERATE OVER 12.5
million tonnes of waste each year, 46 per cent of which is sent
to landfill – when much of it could have been recycled
Greening your office isn’t just good for the planet, says
Kerryn Wilmot, research principal and architect at the Institute
for Sustainable Futures, “It’s been proven that our physiology,
nervous and endocrine system function better in eco-friendly
offices.” So, armed with good intentions, where do you start?
Introduce separated bins for glass, tins, plastic
and paper. You can have a worm farm in a
u nit so why not an office?
If everyone brings their lunch in reusable
containers and uses office-provided cups,
plates and cutlery, you can reduce landfill waste to zero.
Encou rage people to drink tap rather than bottled water,
or install a water filter.
Paper accounts for about 76 per cent of office waste. If
you must print, set all printers to draft, double-sided, narrow
margins and black and white.
Lobby the procurement manager to buy refillable pens,
recycled toilet paper, cloth towels and dishcloths and
environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Recycle printer
cartridges: try Cartridges 4 Planet Ark or Quickfill Toners,
Lamp Recyclers Ezy-Return takes old fluorescent tubes.
IT staff can ensu re computers go to sleep or
screensaver mode when not in use. At night,
turn off computers at the power point.
Lobby the business to switch to a renewable
energy provider through the government’s
Greenpower program (www.greenpower.gov.au/Business/Office).
You can also have stairways, corridors, toilets and kitchens with
movement sensors that turn lights on only when needed.
Encou rage employees to use public transport by
subsidising travel cards and also providing bike
racks, lockers and showers. If employees must use
cars, consider carpooling.
And why not allow employees to work remotely
and have a hot-desking system? When they do come in, employees
can use laptops which require a third less energy than desktop
computers. Your business will then need a smaller office space, and
will make a lighter overall environmental footprint.
At the same time, video -conferencing reduces business travel and
especially carbon emissions if it cuts down on plane trips.
PLANTS AND GREEN VIEWS
Bring natu re indoors. Plants reverse some toxicity
by absorbing and degrading Volatile Organic
Compounds or VOCs (found in paint solvent,
glues, furniture, computers and carpet backing),
carbon diox ide, nitrogen and sulphur oxides. Plants
also cool air through transpiration. B e inspired by Canon, who
have built a green wall in their office made from recycled cartridges!
If you are considering an office refit or new build,
contact the Green Building Council of Australia
(www.gbca.org.au) which is a resource for how to
build sustainably. Top tier buildings are also
adopting the WELL Building Standard®
(www.wellcertified.com), an international system that measures and
certifies a building on how it impacts health and wellbeing.
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