Ways To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle at Work

Mar 18, 2021

Though the prospect of reducing your organization’s carbon footprint seems daunting, these easy actions will help you apply sustainability within the workplace.

You’ll be surprised that just a few simple changes can result in a huge impact to making your workplace green, clean, and efficient.

Think About Food

Invest in a composting bin and encourage employees to fill it with their biodegradable scraps. The compost is perfect for nourishing the company's plants, or for use in a local community garden. It’s also great for that team building outing you’ve been meaning to plan!

In addition to composting, you can eliminate plastic or paper goods from your office and replace them with multi-use alternatives. Employees should also be encouraged to bring lunches and snacks in reusable plastic containers.

Use Printers Effectively

Printers can have a negative impact on the environment, as they use tons of paper and bulky, plastic ink cartridges. Printing in black ink exclusively will cut down on the number of cartridges purchased and reduce landfill waste. When printer cartridges are empty, recycle them.

Encourage employees to adjust printer settings to print double-sided when possible. When purchasing your next bundle of printer paper, opt for biodegradable. Recycled paper waste should be shredded to make it easier to recycle.

Donate Unwanted Items

Donating is another effective way to reduce, reuse, and recycle at work. If you're replacing old electronics, furniture, or decor items, consider donating them. In addition to eliminating landfill waste, you’ll likely quality for a tax write-off.

Your old items might seem outdated or even useless—but as they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. The electrical components in desktops, landline phones, and other high-tech items are typically reusable.

Implement Refurbished Furniture

Using refurbished furniture in your office is a smart, cost-effective way to recycle and reuse old items. Professional refurbishing companies carry a wide assortment of workplace furnishings, from chairs and desks to smaller, decorative goods.

Refurbished furniture looks just as good as expensive, brand-new items—but comes at a lower price, with the added benefit that you’re purchasing something eco-friendly.

Damaged furniture can often be salvaged - don’t hesitate to reach out to Rework today to ask about our refurbishing services. We’ll have your old stuff looking brand-new again.

Rework is the perfect place to find high-quality, refurbished furniture for your workplace. We carry filing cabinets, tables, office training chairs, and more. Check out our vast inventory of pre-owned furniture, often available for speedy delivery.