Remember the days when green was just a color? Today, “green” isn’t just a color and going green doesn’t imply that you are envious but rather going green implies becoming more eco and earth friendly. Going green in your sales office may be easier than you think. It may also reduce costs, improve your efficiency, and create a more pleasant and more productive work space. So, start greening your desk and office space today!
You’ll be pleased to know that most of the suggestions below can be performed on an individual level without relying too much on organizational change.
• Reducing paper use is a no-brainer, when you consider paper’s real cost. There are countless paper-saving tips, starting with the obvious:
Use electronic mail rather than paper whenever possible. Send electronic versions of proposals, product lists and quotes rather than printing endless documents.
Don’t print unless you must. If you do print, use both sides of the page or print drafts on the blank side of already printed sales documents.
Whatever paper you do use, recycle it.
Keep a scrap box for all of your junk mail/papers with one blank side. You’ll never need to buy scratch paper again.
• Always turn off your computer and all other office equipment when not in use.
• Turn off the lights whenever you leave your office.
• Add some green to your office, literally, by bringing in some plants. Plants absorb toxins in the air and look pretty, to boot.
• Use an office water cooler instead of buying bottled water.
Why not join the green movement by eating a more green diet and reducing your carbon ‘food’print as well?
Ok, admittedly, you may not start an organic veggie patch outside your back door but there’s a lot more you can do to reduce your carbon ‘food’print.
Eating more of a ‘green’ diet…
• Use more foods that need less energy to cook:
Visit www.fiveaday.co.za for nifty ideas on how to easily eat 5 servings of fruit and veggies daily such as having a fresh fruit smoothie as a quick breakfast on the run.
• Only boil as much water as you need in your kettle for tea and coffee.
• Eat food that is produced locally (less food miles) and support organic produce.
• Eat seasonal produce (reduces cold storage). Don’t get frustrated like I sometimes do when I can’t find mangos in the middle of July!
• The more food is processed (washed, cut, peeled, tinned, dried, wrapped etc…) the less ‘green’ it is. Avoid heavily packaged products if possible…use your own canvas bags when shopping instead of the usual plastic bags.
• Recycle food containers even if you just fold them up tightly so they take up less volume in the garbage.
• Use environmentally friendly cleaning products in the office and your personal kitchen.
• Eat less meat. Arrgh! Am I suggesting you become a vegan? No, not at all! Most of us, especially as South Africans, tend to eat too much red meat and animal products overall. Eating less animal products may help you to not only support the green revolution but also keep you healthy as meat contains saturated fats that are not heart or waistline friendly!
• Eat more fish when meeting clients over lunch. Visit http://www.wwfsassi.co.za to check out sustainable seafood choices.