Friday, May 10, 2013

Green Office Week

Green Office Week Calls on UK Businesses to 
Champion the Environment

Office workers are urging businesses across the UK to help support 
their environmental efforts as part of A(very) Green Office Week, 
May 13th-17th.

A OnePoll survey of 1,000 office workers, commissioned as part of Green Office Week, has revealed that over eighty percent of individuals in the UK would like to see the businesses they work for do more for the environment.
Despite the increasing importance for companies and organisations to adopt green policies, forty percent of office workers would still not rate their company as environmentally-friendly and less than thirty percent feel they are encouraged to implement green practices at work.
Two of the biggest factors holding businesses back are not having anyone specifically allocated to environmental issues (34%) and a lack of specialist green facilities and equipment (33%). Being too busy and lacking the time to be green was also a common complaint with nearly twenty percent of individuals highlighting that it has an impact on their environmental efforts. Despite this, over sixty percent said they would be happier if their workplace was seen to be more environmentally-friendly.
The survey also revealed that small businesses are lagging behind larger organisations when it comes to encouraging green practices. Individuals working at companies with more than 250 employees say they are twice as likely (40%) to be encouraged to be green at work than employees at smaller companies (21%), this is despite the cost-saving and efficiency benefits on offer to businesses adopting greener working practices.

Getting the Green Habit
May 13th – 17th sees the fifth ever A(very) Green Office Week, championing environmentally-friendly practices in the workplace. With individuals admitting to a host of green bugbears at work, including needlessly throwing away paper (41%), printing things that do not need to be printed (39%) and leaving electrical devices on standby (22%), Green Office Week aims to encourage and empower individuals across the UK to make small, practical changes to their daily work routine.

Green Office Week provides tips and inspiration encouraging office individuals to think about the steps they can take towards creating a more sustainable working environment. The week also highlights some of the innovative solutions that can help us all to be greener at work, such as Recycled Labels and Dividers and block out Labels that allow files, envelopes, and packaging to be re-used rather than thrown away.

To find out more and to get involved with Green Office Week 2013, simply register at www.greenofficeweek.eu or follow @greenofficeweek on Twitter.

The top green bugbears
1. Throwing away paper
2. Not putting recycling in the recycling bin
3. Throwing away food packaging
4. Printing out things that don't need to be
5. Leaving the computer switched on overnight
6. Leaving electronic devices on standby
7. Not turning off the lights
8. Not printing double sided
9. Boiling a full kettle
10. Leaving things on charge all day
11. Using plastic cups
12. Not reusing envelopes and parcels
13. Using non-environmentally-friendly products
14. Throwing out printer cartridges
15. Traveling by car too much

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