7 tips to make your office more sustainable in 2022

With the year 2022 comes an opportunity for new challenges even within the work environment. These may not only be about productivity, but also about a responsible approach to the environment. Aim to become a more sustainable office and participate in the education of your colleagues or employees, because even small changes count.

Going green

Before sharing our tips with you, it's worth mentioning that both individuals and the whole team can be involved in improving sustainability in the office. However, it remains true that the more people you manage to get on your side, the better. It is also appropriate to integrate sustainability into the corporate culture.

Lounge with wooden office furniture from Ness

1. Environmentally friendly equipment

Think green when furnishing an office and choosing equipment, including furniture. When choosing, pay attention to certifications. For example, for office furniture prefer FSC-certified wood, which always comes from a carefully managed forest.

TIP: A separate chapter dealing with sustainability and the circular economy is included in our comprehensive publication Working Enviroment 2022, which you can view online for free.

Although it used to be quite difficult to find suitable interior equipment and environmentally friendly furniture, many manufacturers now think of nature. In the offices, we can find not only boards made of agglomerated materials that contain zero harmful formaldehyde, but also substances made from recycled plastic waste from the sea on the seating furniture.
Immo Bellman, Head of Interior Furnishing
Philip Morris Design Meeting Room

2. Save on your energy bill thanks
to technology

Computers and all electronics are essential for office work. The next time you go to lunch, turn off your monitor or set your computer to sleep mode for extended periods
of inactivity. The screensaver saves almost no energy.
Be sure not to leave the computer on overnight.

Lighting, air conditioning and heating also affect overall energy consumption. The biggest savings here come from a smart office system, which you can set both according to your preferences and with regard to ecological and economic operation. We will be happy to advise you on the sustainability of the office and the entire building and the implementation of modern technologies.

Paperless document preparation

3. Paperless in 2022

Do you really need copies of documents for everyone
at the meeting? Statistics show that up to 45% of papers printed in the office end up in the trash the same day. 2022 should be the year your office becomes paperless. This should be considered when furnishing new premises.

Reusable takeaway coffee cups

4. Bring your own coffee cup

If your office building has a coffee shop that makes coffee to go, try to motivate employees to bring their own mugs or reusable cups. While it may be easier to have a drink poured into a disposable cup, from an ecological point of view, a single person produces a large amount of waste.

Danube House corporate wrapped kitchen

5. No-packaging kitchen

When it comes to supplying a shared kitchen, 
no-packaging stores are excellent in terms
of sustainability. In them you can buy, for example, sugar, coffee, dishwashing liquid or all kinds of goodies.
In addition, the opportunity to purchase amounts that match real consumption in the office eliminates waste.

Designer tap in the company kitchen

6. And while we're in the kitchen

We will always be happy to recommend suitable solutions for you in the implementation of an office kitchen
The smallest ones are economical taps or aerator faucets, which save a large amount of water in the long run. Most solutions can also be retrofitted.

Business lunch in your own box

7. Box lunches

Do you go to a nearby restaurant for lunch and bring back a paper or plastic package? Take a box from home with you. Most modern restaurants will have no problem putting food in your own box. Single-use restaurant boxes produce a large amount of waste.

Everything in moderation

Even if you mean it well, try to maintain good relationships in the workplace. An ecological approach cannot be enforced. Every slight change is positive and positive motivation works much better. So how to inspire employees and the whole team?

Cyclist going to work

Bike/walk to work

Organize a monthly or weekly challenge and share your trips to work by bike or
on foot. You can combine the challenge with a contest for the most kilometres biked in a month.

Home-cooked lunch shared with colleagues at work

Shared lunch

Set aside one day a week for each employee to bring a favourite meal for everyone. Then taste each other's creations and share them with others.
In addition, you can cook from organic ingredients.

Modernly equipped corporate kitchen from Takeda

New kitchen equipment

Some employees may be motivated by
a nicer kitchen or new equipment
to bring their own meals
. A powerful microwave, a designer coffee machine or an electric kettle will attract attention.

If you are serious about sustainability in 2022, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Over the course of 10 years, we have transformed the work environment for more than 400 companies. Yours can be next.

Authors of photos: Lukáš Hausenblas, Petr Andrlík, Peter Fabo, European Centre for Career Education, Unsplash, Pixabay

Published March 1, 2022 

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