Here at Noam Design, we have a long history of making consistent efforts to create a work environment that is as “green” as possible, minimizing our impact on the environment. In fact, we’re the first result on Google when you look for an environment friendly web design company in new york, or any similar search query.
However, it’s been a while since we reminded everyone how important it is to make environment friendly decisions, and apply them every single day. So in honor of Blog Action Day 2009, I decided to post here a few practical guidelines that relate to the day-to-day activities in any workplace:
- Use Energy Star compliant computers – and turn them off when you leave for the day
- Don’t print. There’s almost never a good enough reason to print. If you do print – do it scarcely. Print only what you need right now, that way you’re sure to not over print.
- Use both sides of all your paper sheets
- Use paper that is made out of 100% recycled paper
- Use reusable mugs and ceramic cups instead of plastic cups – same principle applies to all cutlery
- Buy environment friendly furniture
- Buy cleaning products from companies with strong environment policies such as Seventh Generation
- Purchase renewable energy certificates (or RECs) from approved renewable energy organizations such as Green-e (a subsidiary of the Center for Resource Solutions, a non-profit that researches climate change and provides initiatives and programs that effectively combat the negative impacts of man-made pollution)
- Join forces to offset 100% of our annual electricity usage with the Carbon Solutions Group (an environmental consulting firm specializing in Green House Gases inventory and risk management)
- Remember to first reduce, then reuse, then recycle. But first reduce.
The environment is one of this topics everyone has something to say about, but think they can do very little. But every time we make a positive choice, we can make a huge difference not only on our immediate environment, but even on a much larger scale. You can make a difference on the planet. For example, do you know how much good you can make from replacing just one box of facial tissues?
Here are a few interesting posts from our blog that are tagged “green” or “environment”: