Going Green at Work: New Year Resolution #4

recycle-going-greenWant to go green in the office for 2009?  Sure you do!  It’s one of our new year’s resolutions, remember?  Well, there’s no time like the present.  Going green at work doesn’t require a company-wide initiative–there’s plenty that can be done at the individual level that can have real impact.  Of course, the more, the merrier.  So get some friends to join you in your eco-friendly endeavors.  Here are just a few ways you can make the move towards a greener office today. 

Curb Your Paper Consumption

The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year.  (If that’s the average across all industries, I dread to think how much the average law firm employee uses.)

An easy and effective way to reduce the amount of paper used in your office is to get into the habit of printing on both sides of the page.  Our printer will print double-sided easily, so we print just about all of our documents this way.  (An added bonus is the fact that our binders are half as small as they used to be!)
Also, print in draft mode whenever possible. The ink you save will save the company money, as well as help reduce its carbon footprint. By purchasing remanufactured ink cartridges, you can contribute significantly.  According to Office Depot, for each remanufactured ink cartridge used, approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic are kept out of landfills and about a half a gallon of oil is conserved.