Being more environmentally friendly in the office

Working a 9-5 doesn’t mean there aren’t any opportunities to make small changes in your lifestyle to better the environment. Here are some minor changes you can take in and around the office.

1. Aim to become paperless

Did you know 1000 sheets of black and white printing costs around $15, while 1000 sheets of colour printing costs around $100? Not only does printing add up over time, but the amount of waste accumulated from producing hard copies increases tenfold when everyone is printing.

Consider whether the document you want to print serves a secondary purpose, and alternatively distribute soft copies via email. If you do have to print documents, print on both sides of the page and two pages per side. Similarly with notebooks, use both sides of the paper before throwing it away.


2. Use a reusable coffee cup

Reusable coffee cups from brands such as KeepCup, JOCO Cups and Frank Green have risen in ubiquity in the last decade to become a desk essential in the office. Look super trendy and also take a small step towards a more sustainable future through your coffee runs. Plus, some cafes provide a discount if you provide your own reusable cup!

3. Bring your own lunch(box) and cutlery

Keep a reusable container and cutlery in your drawers in the event of a takeaway lunch. This can reduce waste production through eliminating the use of single-use products. Bringing your own lunch is also the greenest (and often the most economical) way to eat at work. Talent News has recommended some recipes to incorporate in the workplace.

4. Encourage others around you

Encouraging others to also adopt a greener approach in the workplace is one of the many ways to make a difference. Leading by example using the tips above will help create a leaner workplace.


The Transport for New South Wales Intranet has additional resources to reduce the amount of waste in the office.

Working a 9-5 doesn’t mean there aren’t any opportunities to make small changes in your lifestyle to better the environment. Here are some minor changes you can take in and around the office.

1. Aim to become paperless

Did you know 1000 sheets of black and white printing costs around $15, while 1000 sheets of colour printing costs around $100? Not only does printing add up over time, but the amount of waste accumulated from producing hard copies increases tenfold when everyone is printing.

Consider whether the document you want to print serves a secondary purpose, and alternatively distribute soft copies via email. If you do have to print documents, print on both sides of the page and two pages per side. Similarly with notebooks, use both sides of the paper before throwing it away.


2. Use a reusable coffee cup

Reusable coffee cups from brands such as KeepCup, JOCO Cups and Frank Green have risen in ubiquity in the last decade to become a desk essential in the office. Look super trendy and also take a small step towards a more sustainable future through your coffee runs. Plus, some cafes provide a discount if you provide your own reusable cup!

3. Bring your own lunch(box) and cutlery

Keep a reusable container and cutlery in your drawers in the event of a takeaway lunch. This can reduce waste production through eliminating the use of single-use products. Bringing your own lunch is also the greenest (and often the most economical) way to eat at work. Talent News has recommended some recipes to incorporate in the workplace.

4. Encourage others around you

Encouraging others to also adopt a greener approach in the workplace is one of the many ways to make a difference. Leading by example using the tips above will help create a leaner workplace.


The Transport for New South Wales Intranet has additional resources to reduce the amount of waste in the office.

Page published: 28 November 2019, 11:00