Ideas for celebrating Earth Day at the Office [Video]
Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world! Founded in 1990, Earth Day is celebrated annually by more than six million Canadians of all ages and walks of life. Offices across our nation come together to inspire each other. Promote a greener office life and design. It is a day to inspire all ages to be mindful of our planet. It is a day set aside to consider new habits and activities that are environmentally friendly.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Green your workplace on April 22 and enjoy it all year long. Bring a little nature into your cubicle, inspire your fellow employees to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Starting this Earth day, have a little fun designing for a healthier life and workplace. Create a natural workplace culture that you can enjoy throughout the year.
Every day is Earth Day here at Envirotech. We believe the environment is important when considering office design and office furniture. This year we went in search of some creative (and sometimes extreme) and practical ways that we can bring earth day to the office.
8 Creative Ways to GREEN your office this Earth Day
1. Design with Plants
Add the colour green to your office the natural way! A group of potted plants can be used as a privacy barrier that can be moved around as needed.
2. Bonsai Trees
Bring health & wellness and a little bit of green nature into your cubicle so you can enjoy Earth Day all year round. The Bonsai is the term used for small plants grown in low containers. The purposes of bonsai is to inspire the exercise of contemplate for the viewer. It also encourages ingenuity for the grower who can express their creative side as they nurture and develop this plant into a form of art.
3. Grass squares
Combine a little architecture, nature and Feng Shui with these little squares of grass. They were designed at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel, by Uri Romano and Assaf Yogev of nine99 Design, and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiration to connect design with nature. We aren’t sure if these are for sale anywhere, but it looks like a fun DIY project. Grass is easy to grow. Give your square patch of grass a little water every once in a while and then trim them with your scissors. Article Source
4. Paper Recycling
Help reduce paper waste by keeping a recycling container under or near your desk. Make sure to shred any documents that have private information on them, but any other regular computer paper can be recycled.
How about getting creative with your recycled paper! You can use them for fun projects like the origami boats that we mentioned earlier, or what about inspiring a little fun competition? Make paper airplanes at lunch time and see which one flies the furthest!
Fun aside, here is a practical way to repurpose unwanted paper. Cut up the paper into quarters, put the blank side up, staple them together. You now have one really cool and earth friendly notepad. Stack a few of these notepads in your cubicle drawer and they will be ready for your next phone call.
5. LED Light Bulbs
If you haven’t done this already, it is time to upgrade the light bulb in your task light to LED. LED light bulbs use 90 percent less power and last 25 times longer than incandescents. They also produce less heat which makes it more comfortable while working at your desk. www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business
6. Grow Sprouts
Growing sportiest at work offers a healthy and nutritious snack throughout the day. They taste great, look nice and help purify the air as they grow. More about Sprouts
7. Purchase GREEN Products
Choose to buy products for the office that are environmentally friendly is a an Earth Day activity, but also helps to establish sustainability best practices at the office all year long. Office furniture and office supplies are too of the obvious considerations when looking for green products. There are other opportunities to select products and services that may not be as obvious. What about a renewable energy supplier, or a courier that uses bio-fuel, or a local event caterer that offers local food. These are just some options to help build sustainability into your procurement processes.