What Are You Doing To Go Green?

What are you doing to go greenWhat are you doing to go green? Being mindful of the impact your consumption habits have on the environment isn’t easy. It takes conscious effort and meaningful changes to everyday behavior in order reduce your carbon footprint. But not to worry, there are lots you can do as an individual and as an organization to make your office greener.

Recently, Shoplet underwent an end of summer clean up. With all of the stuff that we needed to flush out to save some space, we were faced with a dilemma of what to do with some outdated company mugs. With a little creativity and a green thumb, we decided to up-cycle our old coffee mugs into¬†beautiful little planters to gift to our staff. Here’s how we did it.

Having a plant at your desk offers much more than aesthetic value. Studies have shown that keeping an in office plant increases productivity, reduces stress, enhances employee attitudes and even improves office air quality. Plants also help keep you cooler by a process called transpiration. If you have enough of these little cuties around your office, they can help reduce the temperature by almost 10 degrees!

Energy efficient buildings are great for the overall environment, but did you know they can be harmful to your health? In an effort to reduce waste by sealing in air conditioning and heating, energy efficient buildings are suffering from what is known as “Sick Building Syndrome”. Sealed energy efficient buildings have a lesser exchange of fresh outside air. Instead, air is recycled and re-heated or cooled, leaving stale and often unhealthy air quality behind. Keeping plants in your office can help combat this issue.

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Research shows that plant filled rooms contain 50-60% fewer air born bacteria and molds than rooms without plants. Plants have an amazing ability to absorb impurities and purify the air. By absorbing toxins in the air, plants can then transmit these toxins to their roots using them as a source of food. It’s a perfect relationship leaving both you and your plant happy and healthy.

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If you have some old and tired coffee mugs sitting around your office, don’t just toss them in the trash. Try up-cycling them into adorable little planters! Don’t forget to replace those mugs with some awesome new ones right here at Shoplet Promos. Your staff will feel like they have a fresh start for the coming fall!

So, what are you doing to make your office a little bit greener? Tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear your stories and suggestions.

  • John William K

    One of the steps I’m taking is to replace things in the house I bought on June 20 that can improve not only my energy use, but reduce my expense.

    Step One: 15-year-old tank water heater. Just ordered
    Rheem RTE 13 Electric Tankless Water Heater, 4 GPM
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UHUSGQ
    $177 including shipping

    13 KW power usage, but ONLY while I am using the hot water.
    The rest of the time, zero KW

    4 GPM, enough for a shower or dishwasher or clothes washer
    but not more than one at a time.

    So, I’ll no longer be paying to heat water that sits in the tank all day, cooling off when I don’t use it.

    I have other plans afoot. People will be making bids to improve the insulation and the leaks in this house, too. Can’t do it all in one day.

    • John, That’s great! Choosing to upgrade to more efficient appliances and systems is a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint. You are also saving some money too, and who doesn’t love that! Take it one step at a time and you will be amazed on how much you can save in emissions and spending. Great job on making moves towards a greener future! : )