Creating a greener and cleaner workplace is the new norm.
All businesses should strive to lower their negative environmental impact and promote sustainability at all levels. A greener and cleaner workplace means that your business can combine products, design, construction and initiatives to reduce your ecological footprint.
Building a greener workplace means that you can optimise resources efficiently while creating healthier (and safer) environments for staff to work in. This can boost worker satisfaction and productivity, which trickles into better services and an amazing reputation to your customers.
Although it can be an overwhelming process to shift your business into a greener and cleaner workplace, this article will give you some easy tips on how to improve your sustainability and recommends the eco-friendly hygiene products that are worthwhile to enhance your business’s work spaces. Check out our guide below!
Reduce Energy Usage – Green Lighting
Reducing your business’s energy use is an efficient way to create a greener and cleaner workspace. There are many ways to go about achieving this: you can invest in special sensors to control lights in low-use areas and incorporate timers for after-office hours.
While optimising natural light is highly recommended throughout your office spaces, there are also other eco-friendly lighting alternatives, such as energy-efficient light bulbs that use LED technology, meaning that they are able to consume less power per unit of light emitted. This reduces greenhouse emissions from power plants.
Alternatively, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are a decent option for creating your greener and cleaner workplace, since they are recyclable, generate less heat and contain less mercury than incandescent lights. By building this green power, this will ensure that your workplace becomes more eco-friendly, safe and hygienic in the long run.
You should also consider creating onsite generation of renewable energy such as solar and wind power, while also taking into account the heating or cooling facilities used within the office. Use sufficient insulation to reduce the need for artificial temperature controls, which will help lower your energy costs and create a greener, cleaner workplace.
Use Non-toxic & Protective Furnishings
Having an eco-friendly design layout in your workplace will ensure that your business is properly equipped to improve sustainability and cleanliness. Unfortunately, many businesses often have poorly manufactured furniture cluttering their offices. Most of the furnishings and decor are not sourced sustainably, while the materials often emit harmful chemicals – these can severely affect the health and safety of your staff.
That’s why investing in the proper furnishings to decorate your business spaces is crucial, while simultaneously fostering a greener environment. There are a broad, versatile range of eco-friendly furniture out in the market, from handcrafted rattan or custom-made bamboo pieces, sustainably sourced timber, recycled homewares, oxide-free ceramics and choosing non-toxic upholstery fabrics.
Many businesses also often overlook the importance of flooring. Alsco’s Dust Control and Floor Protection Mats are specially designed to trap 80% of dirt, dust and water before they even enter the workplace. Not only does this make your spaces cleaner, it reduces floor wear and tear while minimising any slippery accidents. They are also environmentally friendly, made from recycled PET bottles – awesome right?
Optimise Your Washroom Design
The key to creating a greener and cleaner workplace is to optimise your business’s washroom design. The washroom is undoubtedly one of the dirtiest spaces in your business – the good news is that there are so many ways to improve your washroom hygiene, leaving it aromatic and squeaky clean. Check out these innovative eco-friendly washroom products:
Invest in Greener Cleaning Products
Outsource Your Garments & Workwear
Our society is becoming more environmentally conscious, so consumers and businesses alike have adapted accordingly. A great way to create a more hygienic and greener workplace is to outsource your laundry to a company that uses environmentally-friendly equipment and actively incorporates going green into their services.
At Alsco, we’ve decreased the energy usage of our newest facilities by 63%. We’ve also researched and improved our water reuse systems, meaning that we use up to 50% less water and 30% less chemicals. Choosing Alsco means choosing a brighter, greener future for our environment. Not only that, it also means creating cleaner, healthier Australian workplaces.
A high-quality, well designed and maintained uniform can improve staff motivation, brand image and customer service. Alsco offers a flexible range of industrial workwear and work uniforms that combine style, comfort, durability and safety to ensure your staff look and feel their best. Through our Managed Rental Program, we supply the freshly cleaned uniforms you select for your business, which are regularly washed, dried, pressed and re-delivered to your door on a weekly basis.
Creating a greener and cleaner workplace has never become easier with Alsco’s professional hygiene products and rental services. For more information, contact us now!