All pets aside, a great way to greenify your life is to take the philosophies you live by at home to work with you.
1. Keep a stack of paper that with all the scraps that would have gone straight into the garbage (or recycle bin) near your desk. Instead of reaching for a post-it note reuse the back of an old sheet of paper. You can even use a paper cutter for quickly making perfect squares for phone messages, notes to co-workers, and short reminders.
2. Keep a reusable cup and coffee mug at your desk. No need to waste a plastic or (eeek) Styrofoam cup from the water cooler everyday.
3. Reduce paper use by nearly 40% just by setting your copier to make double-sided copies.
4. If you can print on both sides of the paper and only print when you really need to.
5. I know not everyone is able to, but if possible car pool, use public transportation or even bike to work .
6. Cut down on paper towels. If you work in a small office put a cloth towel for hand drying in your restroom. Take it upon yourself to replenish it with a clean one from home every couple days. You may just inspire a co-worker to help out and join in.
7. Turn off your computer monitor when in meetings or away from your desk during lunch break.
8. If your office does not recycle already, find an office recycling program in your area. Recycle: paper, cans, boxes, bottles.
9. Recycle print cartridges. Many companies now offer discounts if you send in your used cartridges.
10. Donate your offices old computers and other electrics equipment.
11. Use teleconferencing and video-conferencing to cut down on business travel.
12. Switch off lights when they are not being used.
13. Add the footer “Think before you Print” to the bottom of all your emails.
14. Reuse envelopes.
For more recycle at work resources go to Recycle at Work. You’ll find cold hard facts that may help you convince co-workers and your boss that recycling at work is good for the environment and their bottom line. RecycleNow is another great resource.
Eco-Pet Tip:(Compliments of Lauren, good friend and frequent commenter)
For anyone with pets at home the phone number to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline should be posted on your fridge with the rest of your emergency contact numbers. The hotline is run by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). It is the leading animal poison control center in North America providing support and advice for poison related emergencies. The hotline is available 24 hour a days, 365 days a year. The number is (888) 426-4435. Note, a $55 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
“If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, make the call that can make all the difference.” – ASPCA
According to my friend Lauren, the charge to her credit card was well worth the peace of mind it gave her one Sunday night after her pup (and a pup she was sitting) ingested Ant Trap Killer.
The Pet Poison Hotline is another resource that provides a similar service. The number is (800) 213-6680. They charge a one time consultation fee of $35 per incident. This fee covers not only the initial consultation, but also any follow-up consultations made with the pet owner and/or veterinarian.