10 simple steps to green your office – Office Cleaning Perth

10 simple steps to green your office.

by Nathaniel Richman and Melanie Pazdzierski

The following tips for greening your office is by no means an exhaustive list, but a way to get started in making your workplace more environmentally friendly.

1. Use electricity wisely.

Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers, and other equipment that doesn’t need to be left on at the end of the day and leave them off until you need to use them again. Check that all computers/monitors are set to their most energy efficient settings (e.g., monitor set to shut off after 15 minutes of no use). When leaving a room for more than a few minutes, switch off the lights. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible.

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” means more than just throwing old notepaper in the blue bin (though you needn’t stop doing that). Really think about everything you use. Do you need disposable cups at the water cooler? Can you use the other side of the used sheets of paper you’ve thrown in the recycle bin? Australia has added a fourth R – Refuse. Simply put: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. And, when you do make a purchase, bring your own bags.

3. Use environmentally friendly office products.

On average, they only cost 5% more, which is a small price to pay to cut down on waste and pollution. Start small – 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic highlighters, etc.

4. Use non-toxic cleaning products.

Encourage your cleaning company to use green cleaning products and if they won’t, switch to one of the many companies that now do use environmentally friendly products. Case study: Novex Delivery Solutions switched to a green cleaning company when their previous supplier refused and they ended up saving money!

5. Make eco-friendly food choices.

Encourage use of the 100-mile diet: local first; organic for high consumption foods. When ordering lunch for an office meeting, how about going vegetarian (or even vegan, if you dare)? Cutting down on meat can have a huge impact on the health of the planet. (See EarthSave for statistics and information.)

6. Telecommuting

Encourage working from home, particularly for workers who would normally drive to work. This cuts down on pollution and increases time availability.

7. Transportation

For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage (and help arrange) carpooling, use of public transit, biking, or walking.

8. Aim for a paperless office.

Though the paperless office may still seem unrealistic, at least try to cut down on printed material when possible. Read on-screen and only print documents when absolutely necessary. Use only 100% recycled content paper products in the office and when getting promotional material professionally produced, ask your printer for FSC Certified paper.

9. Institute a casual dress code.

Not having to wear suits in hot summer months can help keep cooling costs down (and make for a happier workplace).

10. Fair trade & organic.

Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas for the office. If employees prefer to go out for their hot beverages, encourage them to take their own mugs. Most coffee shops offer a small discount to patrons who do so. More importantly is the reduction in waste from not having to throw out paper or Styrofoam cups.

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Cleaning with bleach linked to more childhood infections –

The use of bleach to clean the home has been linked to a heightened risk of childhood infections.

Research published in the British Medical Journal’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine on Friday found children whose parents regularly used bleach to clean the home were more susceptible to the flu, tonsillitis and other infections.

The study involved more than 9000 school-age children from the Netherlands, Spain and Finland. Their parents were asked to complete a questionnaire about the illnesses their children had had in the previous 12 months and also asked if they used bleach to clean their homes at least once a week.

After taking into account factors such as passive smoking at home, the presence of household mould and the use of bleach to clean school premises, the researchers found higher rates of infections among children whose parents regularly cleaned the home with bleach in all three countries.

The risk of flu was 20 per cent higher for children whose homes were cleaned with bleach, while the risk of recurrent tonsillitis was 35 per cent higher for these children than for children whose parents did not regularly use bleach to clean.

The risk of any recurrent infection was 18 per cent higher for children whose parents regularly used bleach.

The findings back previous studies linking cleaning products with respiratory symptoms and inflammation.

“The high frequency of use of disinfecting cleaning products, caused by the erroneous belief, reinforced by advertising, that our homes should be free of microbes, makes the modest effects reported in our study of public health concern,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers cautioned that because of the limited information they had about other cleaning products used in the home, they could not exclude the possibility that it was other products, or the combination of bleach and other products, that made children more vulnerable to infection.

The researchers suggested the process of cleaning with bleach could generate volatile or airborne compounds that could damage the lining of lung cells, sparking inflammation and making it easier for infections to take hold. They also suggested bleach could suppress the immune system.

 

Source – The Sydney Morning Herald (Dan Harrison)

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Advantages of professional office cleaning

man doing office cleaningAdvantages of professional office cleaning

Regular office cleaning can improve your staffs productivity and performance which in turn increases your profit. If harsh or toxic chemicals are used for cleaning your office it affects the indoor air quality which can have serious effects including cancer on you and your staff’s heath.

 

Office Cleaning Tips Worth Considering

Here are few tips to keep your office clean and healthy:

  • Know what your cleaners are using to clean your office. Ask them to use environment friendly non toxic cleaning products.
  • Have a recycling collection point in your office so that paper and rubbish are not mixed.
  • Make sure cleaners do not put dirty water in storm water drains.
  • Carpet should be steam cleaned on regular basis minimum once a year.
  • Turn off computers when not in use.
  • Replace disposable paper cups with washable, reusable mugs.
  • Go as paperless as possible. Do not print an email if you don’t have to: instead, archive and save it
  • Run the air conditioning and heating a little less and make sure to turn it off before you leave in evening.
  • Open your windows to increase air flow. If you can’t open windows, be sure to take outdoor breaks throughout the day.
  • Get a plant and place it on or near your desk.  Plants absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen, so get a green accessory to complement your desk.

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Clean and green office is healthy. So make sure you keep your office green.

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