- Purchase goods and services from companies that implement environmental policies.
- Encourage your workplace to use alternative cleaning materials.
- Use a laptop instead of a desktop, if practical. It consumes about 50% less electricity.
- Enable the power management function on your computer (the screensaver does not save energy).
- Use paper clips, staples, string or non-toxic glue instead of adhesive tape when possible.
- Use stick-type glues or basic white glue. Avoid glues and cements that emit the smell of solvents (e.g. rubber cement and hobby glue).
- Replace the inkjet printer with a laser printer which is more cost-effective in longer term when much printing is needed.
- Use one large power strip for your computer, modem, scanner, printer, monitor and speakers. Switch it off when equipment is not in use. This is a practical way to cut 5 - 10% of energy use.
General activities in organizations
- If you send packages by courier, use a bicycle courier company for local deliveries.
- Weatherproof your workplace to save energy.
- Set up an environmental bulletin board to post notices about local environmental meetings, environmental news and green tips.
- Lobby your company to set up a committee to monitor its environmental performance.
- Make a sign for inside the front door that says "last one out turns off the lights." (also on printers, coffee machines, etc.)
- Keep plants and flowers in office because they increase the rate of oxygen.
- Use your own ceramic/reusable mug and glass at work.
- Bring your lunch in a reusable container.
- Help to educate your coworkers about the environment.
- Encourage your company pension plan (and relatives, co-workers) not to invest in companies that harm the environment.