You may have been thinking about ways to go green at your office, but there are so many options for being more environmentally friendly. Where can you start and how? Although we can’t answer this question for every office, we can give you some options to consider, including installing an office green bottleless water system.
What It Means to Go Green
The decision to go green means that you consider both the health of your staff and the condition of the environment to be important, and it indicates your willingness to make your workplace a healthier place to be.
It doesn’t mean making loads of significant changes in a short period of time; it means making conscious and deliberate decisions about the future of your business, the environment, and those who will occupy the planet after you.
Why Go Green in the First Place?
It may be that you’re debating about whether to make what seems like an enormous effort into going green. Why bother, anyway? Well, going green saves energy. By investing in energy and resource-efficient office equipment, you reduce your costs.
Another great reason to go green is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make changes, but even those low-cost changes can have a big impact on your bottom line. Going green can make it easier for you to attract new talent that appreciates your efforts and can help you implement other ways to improve the environmental friendliness of your office. Finally, going green can benefit the health of everyone who works in or visits your location.
Easy Ways to Increase Your Green
Conserving energy and resources is something you can do to help the environment while you reduce your spending. Simple actions such as turning off the lights when you leave a room and using as little water as possible to flush toilets and for washing hands are habits that can be adopted. Of course, there are other strategies to ensure you’re saving as much energy as possible.
Automated light, water, and flushing systems are all great ways to ensure your office uses as little polluting electricity as possible. If you want to take this a step further, or if an automated flushing system isn’t currently in your budget, there is a low-tech, low-cost way to save water in your office bathroom—place a water displacement device in each toilet tank. Toilets tend to be big water-wasters.
This can be as simple as filling a half-gallon plastic bag with water and placing it in the tank. A brick can also accomplish this, but, to prevent it from breaking down and entering your plumbing, it’s a good idea to put it in a bag first. You can also use a large rock. By displacing the water in the tank, each flush will use significantly less water, but without any loss in pressure.
Inform and Encourage
If your office has a lunchroom, it is likely that it also has a sink and cupboards. If you’ve been supplying your employees with plastic utensils, straws, disposable cups, and paper plates, this is something you can easily change.
You can either inform employees that they’ll have to bring their own mugs, plates, and utensils from home, or switch out the disposables with their reusable counterparts. Encouraging employees to use stainless steel straws instead of plastic can also help reduce the amount of plastic that reaches landfills every year.
Develop a “green action team” of employees to brainstorm ideas and inspire fellow employees to go green in their own ways. This can also have the added bonus of giving employees a sense of purpose. Rewarding those who adopt a green initiative at work can also go a long way toward inspiring everyone to do the same.
Let Nature In
One easy and affordable way to go green is to take advantage of the sun. Keeping office windows uncovered to let the natural light in will eliminate having to turn any lights on until later in the day. If it’s feasible, you can keep the light flowing through your office by installing glass walls and partitions instead of light-blocking drywall.
Now that your office has lots of light, you can let nature in another way by introducing plants. Not only are plants beautiful to look at, but they’ll also do double duty as natural air purifiers, which will eliminate the need for you to purchase manufactured air cleaners.
Identify These Environmental Offenders
Eliminating bottled water is another great way to reduce the amount of plastic in your office. Speaking of plastic bottles, what does your office water cooler look like? If you’re still using those plastic bottles for office water, this is definitely something to reconsider. Why? Because, just like those individual plastic bottles, large ones for water coolers often end up in the landfill. Not only that, but they are not as pure as you might think.
Plastic may take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill, but it will begin to break down long before that. All it takes is leaving one of these bottles too long in the sun or high temperatures, and a plastic bottle can begin to break down and leach chemicals into the water it holds.
Among these chemicals are phthalates and bisphenol A or BPA, and both of these can be disruptive to many organs and systems in the body. So much for clean water! This information may have sent you running to get rid of your water cooler—but what then? You could force employees to drink city water—but, when you consider what municipal water contains, is that really the healthiest alternative?
Water filtration systems can be expensive, not to mention inconvenient; you may have to reroute your plumbing to accommodate it, and installing it will probably involve shutting off the water system for a few hours. So, if you can’t do any of these things, is there anything you can do? The short answer is yes.
Install a Bottleless Water Cooler
Unlike the options above, there is an option that allows you to provide clean, filtered water to employees that only requires a short time for installation. An office green bottleless water cooler like those from Arctic Coolers isn’t just fresh, but it’s also instantly filtered through five commercial-grade stages before each push of the dispensing button.
Tapping into your office’s existing water supply, an Arctic cooler is as easy for our technicians to install as a phone jack. This means that you can start enjoying fresh, filtered, and healthy water on the same day; no plumbing, no shut-offs, and no interruption to your daily business.
What Makes Arctic Coolers Green?
Our bottleless water coolers don’t involve the delivery of anything except for the unit itself. This is an important point when you consider that water delivery requires water to be transported from its source to the delivery company, and then from the delivery company to hundreds of offices, including yours.
Arctic Coolers also eliminate wasteful and time-consuming paperwork. With traditional water delivery, there are contracts to fill out and delivery confirmations to complete. Our water dispensers completely eliminate the need for delivery trucks and paperwork.
Where plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water you drink, an Arctic Cooler purifies water on demand. Our unique commercial-grade system uses five filters, the last of which is UV light. Together, these filters work to remove chemicals from, and not add them to, your water. Not only that, but water is inside the unit and never touches human hands. The result is fresh and healthy water that’s far cleaner than what you’d get from plastic or glass bottles.
Your Sustainable Water Solution
Since its inception in 1986, Arctic Coolers has installed over 15,000 coolers in mid-Atlantic offices, and 95% of those installations resulted in the complete replacement of bottled water. If you’re looking for a sustainable bottleless water cooler solution, look no further than Arctic Coolers; give us a call and speak with one of our water specialists today: (844) 202-1569.