Here are a few ideas to get you started on greening your workplace.
An easy place to start. For environmentally friendly products try these suppliers:
So far, low-emission vehicles have only been used as taxis in London. The two biggest players are:
Ask your contract cleaning firm to uses eco-friendly, non-toxic products. For companies in or around London, try:
Use bike (cycle, not motor) couriers wherever possible. In a busy city centre they're usually quicker and you'll be saving the planet 4kg CO2 for every 10 miles. If you use ten couriers a day you could be saving more than 6.5 tonnes a year.
Look for a company that uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified recycled paper and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) ink from vegetable oil rather than mineral oil based inks.
To find the best printer for your company's needs, contact Print. Paper. Environment. which is endorsed by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF.
Refill your inkjet printer cartridges (try Cartridge Save) and use recycled versions wherever possible. For laser printers, TonerTopUp can supply your business with printer powder that means you can refill, recycle and save money.
In a Greenpeace survey (April 2007) the following companies were seen to be the least damaging to the environment (the higher the score out of 10, the greener the computer company)
The following organisations offer advice, inspiration, products and services to help you transform your workplace.
This article is based on an extract from How Can I Stop Climate Change?
For more inspiration, read how Ellie Rogers took on the challenge of greening her office.
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