There are steps you can take to ensure your work environment is greener: make sure to turn off lights, computer monitors and the air conditioning when you leave the office at night, only print when necessary, collect office newspapers and take them to the Humane Society, and recycle your printer toner cartridges.
For the most part, work environments sit empty at night, so it is a waste of both energy and money if things are left on. Take these steps to ensure that your work environment is greener: turn off lights and air conditioning, and shut down computers before you leave at night. Set computers to energy-saving mode and don’t use screensavers – rather switch off your monitor. Eliminate unnecessary power use or ‘phantom power’ – the term used to describe the way devices use and waste electricity when they are not on – by unplugging electronics when not in use. Whilst at work, only print when necessary and print on both sides of the page when possible. Send e-cards for birthdays and special events rather than printing invitations.
- Collect office newspapers and take them to the Humane Society or One Dog At A Time. Stock the break room or office kitchen with reusable dishes and silverware and buy coffee, sugar and other consumables in bulk to avoid extra packaging.
- Cartridge Smart (Tel: (345) 323 4313), a subsidiary of JUNK Cayman, will recycle and refill any printer cartridges, from small personal printers to large professional copiers.
- E-Waste Cayman Islands Ltd. Electronic Recycling (Tel: (345) 916 6764 or (345) 325 5033) collects most old electronic equipment and recycles it in an environmentally-friendly way. Customers can schedule an appointment to collect electronic waste on their website, www.e-waste.ky. They also offer a free pick-up service for most old electronic equipment.
- Kirk Office (Tel: (345) 623 5475) sells an array of FSC certified paper and recycled products in addition to a range of Energy Star certified electronics. They also accept your used batteries, ink and toner cartridges for recycling. They also accept old computers, printers and photocopiers for recycling.
- Encourage your employers to install JUNK 'Recycling Made Easy' recycling bins at your office. JUNK will assist you to install a programme that is tailor-made for every workplace, large or small. If your office has regular suppliers, check for sustainability.
If you work at a school or in the hospitality industry, encourage your establishment to take Plastic Free Cayman’s 345 Pledge for Businesses, whereby you commit to making changes to reduce the business’ single-use plastic waste. The business will also receive a plaque, allowing customers to identify the eco-friendly practices. For more information about Plastic Free Cayman and their initiatives, see here.