10 Tips And Tricks On Sustainability In Your Office

While often associated with sustainability, going “zero waste” or at least “low waste” doesn’t just benefit the environment - it also saves money, especially in the long run. As The Green Economy Coalition (a non-profit organization) notes, green buildings don’t just save money for owners and occupants, but also spur job creation and bring businesses and communities together.

If you’re thinking about making a switch to a greener business, these 10 small but meaningful ways will help get you started.

1. Turn off screensavers

Contrary to their name, screensavers do not save energy - they actually use more energy to keep the display on and play the animation on the screen. The best and most eco-friendly way to protect a screen that is not being used is to simply switch it off.

2. Buy Second-Hand

From office furniture to office supplies, buying second-hand is a sure way towards a greener office. Not only is second-hand office material and furniture a great way to get the most value for your money, it's also a great way to reduce the volume of materials used to manufacture new products, therefore reducing the number of raw materials and energy used to create a new product.

3. Use natural lighting

According to the World Green Building Council report, people exposed to natural daylight have a 15% higher production rate. Aside from positively affecting the body’s circadian rhythm and vitamin D absorption, natural lighting can also help you reduce energy consumption and utility bill costs.

4. Go paperless whenever you can

Paper is a resource that's easy to overuse - huge amounts of paper get tossed in the trash every day. Virtually every company is able to save money by going paperless. Whatever you need - whether it’s a monthly report, a client contract, or an info sheet - most of it can be done, sent, and stored digitally.

5. When you can’t - use recycled paper for printing

There are instances when you simply need something on paper. In case you can’t skip paper, make sure to use recycled paper instead. When it comes to paper use, recycled paper is the greenest option because it uses fewer resources and leaves a smaller carbon footprint than the manufacturing of regular paper.  

6. Invest in reusable silverware

Plastic utensils are simply terrible for the environment. People rarely think about where all those plastic forks and knives that you throw away after a company celebration end up. Most of them are not recyclable or made from recycled material. Switching to regular silverware is a great way to eliminate plastic cutlery altogether.

7. Eliminate paper towels

You are not using a paper towel at home, are you? Whether in the kitchen or in the bathroom, you can easily replace paper towels with cloth towels and microfiber cleaning cloths. Also, consider bringing your own hand towel for hand drying every day.

8. Bring your own coffee mug

Whether you’re using an espresso machine or a French press, bringing your own reusable bottle or coffee mug to work is one of the simplest and most effective eco-initiatives you can take.

9. Use compostable plates and cups for company birthdays and promotions

Luckily, today there are plenty of affordable compostable or recyclable plates and glasses that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether you’re celebrating birthdays or promotions, you can always avoid buying plastic single-use cups and plates.

10. Use pencils instead of pens 

Pencils are considerably friendlier to the environment than pens. Unlike a pen, a pencil is made of wood, which is a renewable resource. And unlike a pen, a pencil can be re-used and re-sharpened, leaving just biodegradable waste, which means less plastic and disposable parts being generated.

Many offices have implemented initiatives to become sustainable and cut down on waste. But it's not always easy to know where to start, especially if your office isn't exactly the eco-friendly type. We hope this list helps you get some ideas on how to go zero waste in your own office, whether you're an office manager, a business owner, or simply someone who wants to make a change for the better.

Do your office colleagues practice any of these economical and eco-friendly ways to cut waste and energy consumption? Which ones would you like to incorporate in your office and why?

Meet Surfrider Foundation - partners of Nordics - selfless warriors for a noble cause

Nordics is a professional dental care brand, but its ethos stretches also to sustainability and customer satisfaction. That’s why supporting great causes is an important part of our identity. Naturally, we chose an amazing partner to support - the Surfrider Foundation. Read on to find out how together we actually clean the oceans.

Introducing – Surf Rider Foundation

Established by surfers in 1990 in Biarritz, France, the Surf Rider Foundation Europe has always been caring about the ocean. There are more than 2,000 volunteers and 43 local branches in Europe right now – which shows there are many dedicated environmentalists here who focus on preserving and cleaning our oceans, seas, and rivers.

Mentioned in magazines like National Geographic, the Surf Rider Foundation is leading in environmental protection and conservation.

Worldwide there are over 182,000 active volunteers and 176 chapters and student clubs that help to keep the oceans and coasts clean. By supporting the Surf Rider Foundation we’re not only supporting clean oceans, but also climate change and its impacts.

What are the common deeds of Nordics & Surf Rider Foundation? 

The Surf Rider Foundation is a group of action takers who protect the health and sustainability of our planet’s most precious resource – the ocean. Besides defending our oceans from challenges threatening the vitality of the ecosystem, the NGO also acts on issues that threaten our beaches and natural shorelines.

Reducing the impact of plastics in the marine ecosystem is one of the most important tasks the Surf Rider Foundation has to face daily.

Surf Rider Europe works with individual citizens, public sectors, and also private sectors on education and awareness, political advocacy, and scientific and legal expertise.

Nordics is a global sponsor of SRF since 2017. We contribute to their noble cause is by donating 0,5 percent of our annual revenue to the organization. Each donated euro equals 5 sq.m. of cleaned beaches. That's how Nordics has provided 15 000 sq.m. of clean beaches until now.

The importance of clean oceans 

Climate change and demographic pressure on coastal areas are impacting our daily lives.

Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic wastelands in the ocean. This is a huge problem, especially because there are countless benefits to our planet of clean oceans. Half of the world’s oxygen is produced by the ocean, and it also absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. With plastic in the ocean, the ecosystem is disrupted.

For a more detailed view of how much plastic pollution influences the ocean, we can highly recommend the documentary “A Plastic Ocean”. It shows the dramatic damage plastic causes to the marine wildlife, just because billions of plastic ends in the ocean – one more reason why we should protect the oceans at all cost.

How is Nordics supporting this? 

Plastic is used in every industry by now – and that’s a problem. In 2020, more than 300 million tons of plastic waste have been produced. Around 79 percent of it was accumulated in landfills or the environment. And the largest market of plastics is packaging materials. Which is another reason why it’s essential to focus on alternatives for packaging products.

Traditional toothpaste, for example, is packaged in classic plastic tubes that cannot be recycled.
So, let's make a quick reminder of our specialties. We use 100% recyclable tubes of bioplastic for our toothpastes, our mouthwash bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic, our toothbrushes are made of bamboo. That's how we are drastically decreasing the amount of plastic that pollutes beaches and oceans.

Furthermore, we focus on not using any harmful ingredients for our products, not only inside the formula but also during the process of production. Our toothpastes are without sugar, free from preservatives, and without harsh chemical compounds. We at Nordics do not only reshape traditional dental products but also think about future generations and how we can have a positive impact on them.

Nordics is not just reducing the use of plastic waste in the oral care industry. We are an official sponsor of the NGO and donate a percentage of every purchase to the Surf Rider Foundation cause. So, with every purchase of one of our Nordics products, you contribute directly to plastic-free oceans and landfills.

Oral care can be environmental-friendly, too, without missing out on high quality. We avoid using harmful ingredients and created organic, vegan-certified, and cruelty-free products to support good oral hygiene.

Choosing Nordics is not just buying a product but supporting a vision and a mission.