5 Ways to Improve Sustainability in the Workplace

Let’s face it: most of our time is spent at work. If we are not at work, we are going to work, preparing for work, relaxing after work, thinking about work, stressing about work, or running away from work.

If you’re an eco-warrior, you surely have already been there: sitting in a corporate meeting with your reusable water bottle when a plastic tray of plastic water bottles is wheeled in.

Why do I even bother, you might think.

Well, the good news is that we can do a little more than sit there in disappointment. We can turn that moment into a galvanizing jumping-off point to inspire our workplace and our coworkers to be more sustainable.

Here we’ve rounded up some tips:

1. Volunteer to be the Sustainability Leader in the Office.

Raise your hand! Very few companies have a dedicated person in charge of sustainability, and the organization can make some big changes if there is someone leading the way. You can manage the recycling operation, team up with the administrative team to buy eco-friendly materials, set a printing policy, and so much more!

2. Be a Lighthouse

Are you bringing your lunch in zero-waste material? Have you brought your own metal straws to work?

Be the change you want to see in the world and watch as your colleagues get curious and make changes too. You can become their source of inspiration simply by doing what you believe in.

3. Celebrate Green Days.

Make Earth Day an important event in the office, invite a speaker for World Oceans Day. This will spread education and inspire new habits in all participants. We love stories and celebrations, let’s bring them together through the lens of the planet.

4. Get some Indoor Plants!

Plants clean the air, connect you of the life outside the office and remind you we all need a little sunshine. There is no disadvantage in adding some life into the office.

5. Create Sustainability Challenges

Nothing contributes more to team spirit than a challenge to see who can avoid plastic waste the most. Challenges can be a fun way to stimulate friendly competition in the office, as well as a way for colleagues to get to know each other and lay the foundation for a culture of sustainability.

AWorld has integrated challenges into its platform that allow all types of teams (remote, part-time, etc.) to take part in sustainability challenges by logging their sustainable habits and tracking their progress as a team.

Conclusion

Improving sustainability and influencing your workplace is a dauting task, but it is also an opportunity for real change.

Volunteer to promote sustainable initiatives, share your waste-free lunch, celebrate Green Days, decorate the office with indoor plants and launch sustainable challenges. Be compassionate and patient with your colleagues, we are all on a journey together!

And remember, AWorld teams, challenges, and habits can help you in your mission.

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