Become a lean, green machine in 2014

January 8th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

Use the “new year, new you” attitude to make your office a lean, green machine this year. By doing a few simple things you can reduce the energy your business uses and the amount of waste it produces.

According to, the number of businesses that recycled was pretty dismal last year. The government is hoping to encourage firms to create more ‘eco-friendly’ office environments in 2014.

Now, you don’t have to run out and buy solar panels or toilets that produce fertiliser to make your office more environmentally friendly. You can make small and inexpensive changes that will produce big results.

Here are a few changes you can implement to transform your office into a eco-friendly haven.

Recycling bins

Perfectly positioned recycling bins are an easy way to reduce the amount of waste your office produces. Placing them next to printers and banks of desks will make recycling an effortless endeavour.

You can purchase colour coded bins for paper, glass, plastic and even food waste, so your office can become environmentally friendly and more colourful in one fell swoop. 

Energy-efficient light bulbs

Are you filled with a sense of fear and dread when the office energy bill arrives? 

You can alleviate some of this anxiety by changing all of the light bulbs in the office to energy-efficient ones.  

Modern energy-efficient light bulbs produce the same amount of light as normal ones but use up to 80 per cent less electricity.  

Use this calculator to see how much you can save.

Go paperless

According Envirowise, paper waste costs UK companies at least £15 billion a year! 

Advances in technology mean that paper documents are becoming increasingly irrelevant, so going paperless could be an easier than you think.

If you do need to buy paper, try and look for products that contain a high percentage of recycled materials and setting any office printers to produced double-sided documents will cut the amount of paper your office uses in half!