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10 Ways to Go Green in the Workplace

This Post was written by Joe Devine
Date posted: April 16, 2018

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Today, sustainability is more of a necessity than a choice. Many people are adopting new habits in their homes and personal lives, but it shouldn’t stop there. Workplaces can also make a difference. Even the smallest changes create a healthier, greener, more productive work environment. Whether you’re an employee or the boss, start promoting green practices in the office. I’ve put together 10 ways to go green in the workplace:

Start by using less paper. Make an effort to use electronic sheets whenever possible. Allow laptops in meetings, or use a projector for important documents instead of printing out copies for everyone. You can even invest in a fax modem so you can send and receive paperless documents. Try using Google Docs or Dropbox to start sharing files throughout the office.

Update your printing habits. When you absolutely must print, do so in draft mode since it uses far less ink. Also, set your default to print double-sided. Buy recycled paper and only print what you know you’ll need. Accidentally misprint? Use this as something to take notes with, or shred it for use as packaging material instead of packaging peanuts.

Change your commute. If it’s a possibility for you to walk or bike to work, do it! It’s an easy way to add more exercise to your day and avoid the frustrations of rush hour traffic. If you have to drive, consider setting up a carpooling schedule with your coworkers. Research public transportation near you, or think about investing in a hybrid. Even better, work from home if your office allows it. One day a week can greatly cut down gast waste.

Turn off your computer. Some people don’t completely shut down their PCs when they leave work for the day, and this is a huge waste of energy. When you know you’ll be away for a little bit, switch it to sleep or hibernation mode. If possible, replace your PC with a laptop since they use 80% less energy and are much easier to transport. When it’s time to get rid of your computer, recycle it! Look for a local e-waste drive or find an organization that properly disposes of electronic waste.

Take advantage of natural light. During a bright sunny day, don’t waste electricity on the lights. Turn them off and just enjoy the natural light. If it’s too dark to do this, invest in LED or fluorescent bulbs. Many offices have motion sensor lights that only turn on when someone walks in the room; when there hasn’t been any activity, the sensors turn the lights off. If you don’t have these, post reminders near light switches so people turn off the lights when they leave.  

Decorate with plants. Greenery around the office makes the space look more inviting, plus it offsets CO2 and VOC emissions. Pro tip: save used coffee grounds and use these to feed the plants.

Use reusable water bottles and containers. Instead of packing your lunch in a paper/plastic bag or aluminum foil, package it in tupperware. Don’t waste money on buying water in plastic bottles – get a reusable bottle! Bring a coffee mug from home into your office so you can cut back on using paper cups.

Dress in layers in cold weather and use fans during warm weather. Ceiling and desk fans are a great way to cut down the use of air conditioning. In colder months, dress in layers so you can avoid turning up the heat.

Place recycling bins around the office. Provide ways for people to properly dispose of paper, cans, and glass. Placing these around the workspace will make recycling as easy as throwing something away.

You can even go green with your wardrobe. Avoid buying clothes that need dry cleaning. If they do, look for shops that have green methods. Buy used clothes, and look for items made of organic fibers like cotton, silk, hemp, or wool. You can even find clothing made of recycled materials.

There are lots of ways to go green in your workplace, you just have to put in a little bit of effort. Your clients will love hearing about your green practices, and you’ll find that people work better. In fact, a study from Harvard found that when offices adopt more sustainable practices, employees get a 26% boost in cognition and 30% fewer sickness related absences. As the study states, “The increased productivity of an employee is 150 times greater than the resulting energy costs.”

Enter into spring with the goal of creating an environmentally friendly workplace. Make it a team effort by encouraging your coworkers to take part. If you’re local, help us work to go green with our e-waste drive!

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Get Involved: Bridge’s E-Waste Drive

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 6, 2018

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Electronic waste, often referred to as e-waste, is nearly 100% recyclable. Data shows in 2014, about 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide. Unfortunately, only about 16% was recycled. Additionally, it is estimated that this year we will generate 49.8 million tons of e-waste. Here at Bridge, we want to help make a difference for the environment. That’s why we’re working with Rhode Island Goodwill to run one of our annual e-waste drives.

From Sunday April 15th through Monday April 30th, stop by our Rhode Island office (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown) to drop off any electronic items you would like recycled. Simply drop it in the blue bin in front of our building. If you’re not able to come to us, let us know and we’ll arrange a pick up.

E-waste includes items like televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, speakers, file cabinets, and toner/printer cartridges. Some of the items we accept include:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • CRT monitors
  • Flat screen monitors
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Cassette and tape recorders
  • Audio amplifiers and receivers
  • VCRs
  • CD and DVD players
  • Camcorders
  • Televisions

The EPA reported that recycling one million cell phones would help us recover over 200,000 lbs of copper, 20 lbs of palladium, 550 lbs of silver, and 50 lbs of gold. Each year, the United States throws away about $60 million worth of gold and silver.

The United Nations estimates that global e-waste has increased 33% in the last four years. Improper disposal of e-waste allows hazardous materials to pollute our environment. For example, when electronic items sit in landfills, the lead seeps into our soil and groundwater.

This Earth Day, we ask that you help make a difference by taking the time to properly dispose of your electronics. Help us go green!

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Bridge E-Waste Drive

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: February 8, 2017

As you know by now if you’ve been following our blog, here at Bridge we are passionate about recycling e-waste, one of the fastest growing forms of waste. Many people simply throw away their old phones, laptops, or monitors without realizing the value of recycling them. But – our tech is made of valuable and recoverable parts such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. Let’s recycle that!!

This month we’re working with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island to run an E-Waste Drive at our Rhode Island office location. Any revenue raised from your donations will help Goodwill continue to offer educational and training opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Below is a list of what we can accept:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Flat screen monitors
  • Peripherals
  • Audio equipment
  • Video equipment
  • Electronics
  • Toner/Printer cartridges
  • File cabinets
  • Metal shelving
  • Small household appliances
  • Floor model copy machines

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • Televisions
  • Desktop printers
  • CRT Monitors
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Single-use Alkaline batteries

We are ever so  grateful for your donations! If you have e-waste you would like to donate, please bring it to 650 Ten Rod Road North Kingstown, RI 02852 and make sure to say hi to our team. If you have items not listed or any other questions you can contact Goodwill at (401) 861-2080 ext. 144.

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The Bridge Brigade Rocks our First Providence e-Waste Drive!

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 28, 2015

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A couple weeks ago, we hosted our 9th e-Waste Drive and Fundraiser for the first time in Providence.  Although this was not our most successful drive, it greatly exceeded our expectations given our change in location.  We are pleased to announce, that we were able to collect and recycle 6,057 pounds of electronics.  That’s over 3 tons!  In addition, Bridge raised $856 in total for The Providence Center School and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) program.  These donations will be put towards aiding the children of our community.

We would like to extend a big thanks to:

  • Office Recycling Solutions for their continued partnership with us. ORS is R2 Certified, and ensures that the e-waste we collect is properly recycled and that all personal information is destroyed.  We could not do these drives without your guys!
  • Everyone in the community who came out and made our first e-Waste Drive in Providence a success!
  • The Providence Center School and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) who aided us in spreading the word about the drive. Along with their time, they also donated e-waste that will now be properly recycled.
  • Whole Foods for graciously hosting our drive in their parking lot. Also for providing us with water and delicious snacks!
  • The Providence Police Department and BCS for taking admirable environmental action by contributing loads of e-waste!

For more photos of Bridge’s April 2015 e-Waste Drive, please visit our Facebook page!

Thanks again, everyone!

-The Bridge Brigade

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