Ways You Can Help

There are many ways you can Go Green at work and home. It takes a little effort but it can be fun and, of course, beneficial to the environment in the long run

There are many ways you can Go Green at work and home. It takes a little effort but it can be fun and, of course, beneficial to the environment in the long run:

In the Office

  • Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient
  • Buy items in bulk to reduce packaging used
  • Buy products that you can reuse
  • Copy and print on both sides of paper
  • Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets
  • Join a carpool, walk, ride your bike or take public transport to get to work
  • Maintain and repair durable products instead of buying new ones
  • Recycle printer cartridges
  • Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips
  • Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work
  • Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of a disposable cup
  • Use discarded paper for scrap paper
  • Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence
  • Use recycled paper

 

In Your Home

  • Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently
  • Check and fix any water leaks
  • Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month
  • Do not wash dishes with the water running continuously
  • Install a low-flow shower head
  • Use alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals
  • Minimize pesticide use
  • Reuse items like bags and containers when possible
  • Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended period
  • Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use
  • Unplug seldom used appliances
  • Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven or stove
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy
  • Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap
  • Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 14 to 17°C every time you open the door

 

Source: Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life (SEQL)