Reduce your ecological footprint at work

05 September 2014

10 things you can do at work to reduce your ecological footprint.

A few small changes can make all the difference.


An ecological footprint is an indicator of human pressure on nature and did you know that we're now living in ecological debt? Yes it’s true, we're currently using more of the earth’s resources than can be replenished.  If we carry on at this rate, by 2035 we'll need two identical Earths to provide the energy and resources we need.  We're facing a huge ecological credit crunch.  2035 will be here before we know it so we need to act immediately and ‘do more with less’.

Here are 10 actions you can take to reduce your ecological footprint at work:

  • Turn it off! If the sun is shining and there's enough natural light then turn off the lights. Go on - try it now. You’ll be amazed how much light that big shiny ball in the sky provides – and all for free!
  • Turn it down! Feeling hot under the collar? Then turn down the heating and if your colleagues are feeling cold encourage them to put on a jumper.
  • Reduce the chill! Do you really need the air conditioning on so low? How annoying is it when you leave the house dressed for a lovely sunny day only to find you're actually cold when you get indoors!!
  • Save a tree! Ask yourself, do I really need to print this document? Am I actually going to read it? Or, is it just going to clutter up my desk?
  • Zero waste! Ditch the disposables; opt for recyclable items and reuse, reuse, reuse.
  • Hire a chauffeur! What? Yes, that's right - you don’t need to be a millionaire to have your own chauffeur. All you need to do is hop on a bus or train and let somebody else do the driving.
  • Cut the carbon! Sign up for a green energy tariff or investigate the possibilities of installing renewable technologies on site.
  • Keep the heat in! When you do need to put the heating on make sure it doesn’t escape - insulate the building.
  • Eat your greens! Pack your butty box with lots of the green stuff.  Not only is it healthier for you, but reducing your meat and dairy consumption is healthier for the planet.
  • Let the grass grow! Mixed wild flowers and grasses are a haven for native wildlife, especially the birds and the bees.  Set aside an area around your work premises as your wildlife garden, sit back and watch the grass grow. Easy as that.

We only have one beautiful, diverse and precious planet that we share with 7 billion other wonderful people, so let’s all make a number of small changes that will ensure we all embrace a sustainable one-planet lifestyle.


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