It’s green office week

May 14th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Green Office Week is here once again to raise awareness on the importance of eco-friendly working environments, with five days worth of tips on how to be greener in work.

Running from 13th to 17th May 2013, Green Office Week is a great opportunity for businesses to assess the impact their operations are having on the environment, and where cut backs can be made. Research from Avery, which is sponsoring this year’s event, found that despite the global economic uncertainty, only 12 per cent of office workers feel that the environment is now less of a priority for their business than before. Indeed, 42 per cent of respondents said the financial crisis had actually increased the need for their workplace to be as green as ever,  encouraging greater resourcefulness and less waste.

Here’s a rundown of what’s happening throughout the week, with an added day of cleaning awareness on Saturday, which we feel is particularly important.


The focus on Monday is on energy, encouraging measures to reduce consumption in the company. Often these are relatively simple and painless changes, such as turning off computer monitors at night and at the weekends, or simply enabling the standby mode on printers and photocopiers.


Tuesday’s focus is on transport, with an emphasis on urging employees to use alternative methods of transport to work, such as biking or walking. Car pooling or providing a company minibus is a great way of cutting down emissions  by collaboratively getting workers to and from work.


Wednesday is a day to focus on waste by enforcing the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Research has shown that more than half of office workers don’t reuse cardboard boxes, so implementing sustainable policies in the waste environment should be a top consideration.


Reviewing purchasing habits is Thursday’s task; simply switching to eco-friendly office products can have a massive impact on the company’s carbon footprint. Choosing recycled paper over regular copy and trying remanufactured ink are good examples of how these policies can be instigated.


Friday is a day to focus on innovation, which means getting social and asking your own employees what they can come up with to reduce the company’s environmental impact. There’s no holistic approach to cutting CO2 in the workplace, so put your heads together and think about the best ways in which your company can introduce new policies.


Finally, businesses should consider the environmental impact of office cleaning. At Nviro, we use sustainable cleaning methods to ensure the day-to-day office clean has a mitigated impact on the environment, which is one less thing to think about for the companies and institutions we service.