An Eco friendly Office: How to make your workplace more environmentally friendly
You know that we consider the impact on the environment our clothing production has - so of course we try our hardest to echo this ethos at Nomads HQ. There are lots of small steps you can take to make your office more environmentally friendly, so we’ve shared some of our top tips here -
Switch to energy saving light bulbs
A small change that makes a big difference, switching to greener lighting options not only helps save the environment, it also saves money. Modern bulbs can use up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and last 10 times longer. LED’s are even more energy-efficient, lasting up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Install a smart meter
Smart meters are a great way to track your energy usage in real time. They also help feedback data to your energy supplier, so you only pay for what you are using.
Using your smart meter, you can measure the small changes you make and really visualise how much energy actions such as boiling the kettle use up. This can help you work out ways to cut back on more energy usage – like having morning coffees at the same time!
Recycle as much as you can
Businesses have to pay for recycling services, which can sometimes mean that they are less likely to recycle at all, contributing to a large proportion of waste that ends up in landfills when it could have been recycled. However, there are many services you can sign up for that collect your recycling for a small cost.
Here at Nomads our recycling is collected fortnightly and the wonderful Shallon and Sandra (sales team member and accounts manager/recycling officers) ensure that everybody knows what can and cannot be recycled, and that everything is washed and dried before being placed in our recycling bin. We also take our small amount of glass items home to recycle as they are not collected as business waste.
Every council has different recycling rules and something that cannot be collected by Cornwall county council is food and drink cartons (tetra paks). Thankfully, the council has partnered with ACE UK to supply bring banks where these items are collection to be recycled.
Who are ACE UK? The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK provides a platform for the industry to profile and benchmark cartons as a renewable, recyclable and low carbon packaging choice, and to drive its environmental initiatives. This includes running the industry’s carton recycling programme.
Switch to eco-friendly products and supplies
It’s easy to take this step with things like cleaning products, kitchen staples and bathroom products. At Nomads we use Ecover and Method cleaning products, who both use non-toxic plant-based ingredients because they’re renewable, biodegradable and do just as good a job as the harmful substances used in traditional formulas. We only buy fairtrade tea and coffee (obviously) and we do our office shop at our local co-op which is in walking distance to the office. As well as their amazing work with fairtrade suppliers, they too are working hard to minimise their impact on the environment.
When it comes to the bathroom, we are eagerly awaiting our first delivery of eco friendly toilet roll from Who Gives A Crap. Their recycled toilet paper is made from 100% post-consumer waste paper, and they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need. In their own words they create loo roll that is good for the world, good for people and good for your bum.
Food waste is a large contributor to waste that goes to landfills. We collect our fruit and vegetable peelings as well as used coffee grounds and Vicky takes them home to add to her compost bin. Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver – proven by Vicky’s beautiful English country garden!
What more can we do?
We are by no means perfect and are always looking for new ways to be more environmentally friendly. If you have implemented any eco friendly actions in your office or at home, we would love to hear about them!
You can read in detail about the environmentally friendly steps we have taken in our clothing production here.