Last Friday was Earth’s day and even you are stuck in your tiny airless cubicle, you can help to do your bit for our Mother Earth.
Recycled Your Papers
Instead of trashing your used paper into a bin underneath your feet, turn over and use the other blank side for scribbling and note-taking. If it is a confidential document, you probably want to shred it and not trash it.
Talk to HR
Talk to your bosses and HR on how they can implement a recyclable method to remove and send all shredded and paper trash to a recycling company. Doing your bit for the globe is a great positive feeling!
Drink from a Bottle
Invest in a good thermal flask for your coffee and a good water bottle for drinking water, instead of using paper cups as well as glasses. You will reduce the need to keep washing the glasses as you keep refilling your bottle.
Shut Down Your Machines
Instead of leaving your computer and your wireless mouse on for the night or grasp! for the weekend. Please remember to shut them down to reduce the power running.
Check if you are the last man down
If you are working late into the night, check if you are the last to leave. I used to make sure that all office’s lights are shut off before I go off. A good practice too, because I once found a colleague slumped in his cubicle due to over tiredness. He had fainted and if I hadn’t done my rounds before I go home, he might have still been in his seat until next morning.
Recycle the stationary
I know a lot of people just throw their used pens away when they could have disposed of them in a recycle bin. Same goes for a lot of the stationary could have been collected from anyone who leaves the company so these items can be redeployed to the next employee.
Stop using Post-It Notes
Instead of using paper Post-It Notes (I am guilty of this as well), try to use electronic reminders instead. Using your e-calendar or the Notes on your computer work pretty well for a lot of people. Reduce using post it notes so less trashing is needed. If need be, try to buy those recycled post it notes.
Use Recyclable Batteries
For those who love their wireless mouse and keyboard and yes, I’m talking particularly about Apple Wireless Mouse and Keyboard because they drain my batteries much quicker than any of my other brands’ wireless devices. It’s great that now the Apple Wireless Mouse comes with lighting port for charging instead of me changing batteries every month. And do not forget to switch off your wireless devices to save batteries!
Say No to Plastics
If you are taking away your lunch from the cafeteria, bring along your own lunch box to store the food. Or better still, eat and mingle with your colleagues during lunchtime in the cafeteria instead of eating alone in your cubicle.
If possible, don’t print out that email. Use e-filing or sort your documents and emails into a digital server to share with your department. Use digital signatures instead of printing out contracts to sign.
Do you have any suggestions to share on how we can save the earth from our seats? Don’t be shy, come and share in our comments below!