Tips on How to Go Green with an Earth Friendly Office Fitout
Now, more than ever, the environmental impact of businesses is being scrutinised due to the growing number of environmentally aware consumers. As a result, businesses should make it a priority to start incorporating earth friendly practices in order to “do their part.” While it may seem an intimidating task to take on, turning your office space green doesn’t have to be an expensive or treacherous task. In fact, with the help of office fit out specialists, creating an earth friendly office fitout is a simple and enjoyable process.
IC Corporate Interiors specialise in commercial office fitouts and custom office designs, including eco friendly workspaces. To obtain your free measure, quote and design advice, contact us on (03) 8802 9630. In the meantime, read our list below of tips on how to go green with earth friendly office fitouts.
Purchase Earth Friendly Office Fitout Furniture
No matter what office you’re working in, there’s always going to be plenty of furniture, so it makes sense to consider making some changes in this category. Of course, it only makes sense to replace furniture when it is completely necessary, otherwise it defeats the purpose of being sustainable. However, if you’re starting from scratch, choose furniture that is sustainable, long lasting and multipurpose. To do this, opt for furniture that is made from bamboo and timber in classic styles that won’t date and need to be replaced within a few years. IC Corporate Interiors can help you source timeless office furniture made with sustainable materials.
Add a Touch of Nature
Perhaps one of the most obvious ways you can create an earth friendly office fitout is to actually add some live greenery to the space. The best part about this is that you can add as much or as little as you like, tailoring it to your office space and your budget. A great way to add some greenery is to set up an indoor garden or vertical green wall. Believe it or not, this can increase productivity by allowing your employees and visitors to connect with nature. To involve your employees in the process, another great idea is to have a professional construct a herb and vegetable garden. This way, your employees can tend to the garden and harvest the herbs and veggies to use for their lunches.
In an office, lighting is one of the biggest energy users with sometimes hundreds of lights running each day, often in rooms that aren’t being used. A great way to combat this issue is to reposition desks and other important areas in places that get the most natural lighting. If you don’t have areas that receive much natural lighting, it might be a good idea to install some more windows or create the illusion of more light using light coloured furniture, clear wall panels and sky lights. If natural lighting isn’t as available, or if using artificial lighting is still necessary, a great energy saving option is to install motion-detected lighting. Installing this system will mean that lighting won’t be left on where it isn’t being used. IC Corporate Interiors can help you choose lighting that is suitable for your office while also saving energy.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
You’ve heard the phrase before, but have you made it part of your office’s mantra? If you’re an office manager or business owner, make it your mission to encourage staff to recycle, and provide them with the resources to do so. You can do this by providing recycling bins and always having a plentiful supply of reusable cutlery, plates, bowls and cups, which will reduce the need for employees having to bring in plastic cutlery. In addition, place signs up around the office to remind people to be mindful of recycling and educate them on what can and can’t be recycled.