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How to Be Green at Work

Make every day “Take Your Green Values to Work” day!


  • Step 1: Save paper Save paper by using digital files and printing double-sided whenever possible. Print only when necessary.
  • Step 2: Use recycled paper Encourage your office to purchase chlorine-free paper with high post-consumer recycled content. Reuse mailers and cartons, and recycle paper after use.
  • Step 3: Use a ceramic mug Bring in your own ceramic mug so you don’t have to use disposable cups.
  • Step 4: Bring cutlery Bring real cutlery and a cloth napkin to work every day to use with your homemade lunch. If you’re getting takeout, ask them not to put napkins and plastic cutlery in the bag.
  • Step 5: Use plastic containers Bring lunch from home in reusable containers instead of in aluminum foil and plastic bags.
  • TIP: Plastic containers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes—from sandwich-shaped to one that features separate covered sections for dips and condiments.
  • Step 6: Use free sunlight and air When the sun shines, open the shades and use minimal artificial light. If it’s not too hot, open the windows and turn off the air-conditioning.
  • Step 7: Unplug Set computers to power down when not in use, and unplug them at night.
  • Step 8: Tap into savings Offer guests tap water in glasses rather than bottled water.
  • Step 9: Work from home Ask your employer to consider letting employees work from home a few days a week, to cut down on commuting.
  • FACT: Office computers waste $1 billion worth of electricity each year by being left on when they are not in use.

You Will Need

  • Recycled paper
  • A ceramic mug
  • A reusable knife
  • fork
  • and spoon
  • Cloth napkins
  • Reusable plastic containers
  • Sunlight and fresh air
  • A power strip with an off switch

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