Eco-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Office

At Premium Digital, we’re always environmentally conscious — whether it’s in tailoring document management systems for businesses or recommending low-energy printers and copiers that save ink. Finding eco-friendly ways to upgrade your office is easy. Check out a few of our simple suggestions to help your office save energy and money!

Go Digital

Is it necessary to print out a meeting agenda for every member? Or can you incorporate it into a slideshow, or simply send it via email? How about posting employee manuals and other materials online rather than distributing — and onerously updating — print copies? Cloud-based document management systems are another easy way of going digital. These online documentation systems allow users to organize and find files with ease. You can also keep track of the files because they are auto arranged either by date or by name. Electronic documentation reduces the risk of losing any important information, since you can have a back up.

Buy Environmentally Friendly Paper

Try as we may to go digital, offices still need paper. One thing you can do is to insist on chlorine-free paper, and look for high amounts of post-consumer recycled content. You can also look for paper that has been made with more sustainable substances like bamboo, hemp, or organic cotton.

Get An Office Plant

Make your office literally green with plants! They absorb airborne pollutants (which are rampant with off-gassing office furniture), and emit healthy negative ions and oxygen into the air. Having some green plants in the office also reduces that “sterile” look, making it more comfortable for everybody.

Use Green Cleaning Products

Environmentally friendly cleaning products protect the health of not only your cleaning staff but also your employees, by eliminating harmful substances and odors from the office.

Power Down

Would you believe that the majority of office power is consumed by machines that are off, but still plugged into a live outlet? Standby power (or phantom power) is a huge — and hugely unnecessary — environmental culprit and expense. You can improve this process and automate it with programs like Surveyor, which automatically powers down company computers at night.