it’s no secret at work that i love being green…
i’ve been working at a wonderful office for the last eight months. but since i started there – i noticed that we plowed through rims of paper in the same fashion as we ingested water. it was a little alarming. water is necessary. exorbitant amounts of paper to be filed in boxes anyway – was not.
so i started gathering all the scrap paper in the office … documents we’ve used for meetings, drafts, fax transmissions – anything with a blank back portion which we can use again. i asked my bosses to gather paper they have used and no longer needed. and it has been working beautifully. first, i started making memo pads from the recycled paper – but since we discovered a nifty way of just e-mailing little notes to one another inter-office, that was obsolete. so now, i have a drawer in my office just dedicated to all the “recycle office paper” – to be used for reports that i need on hand during meetings. or just documents which we must have hard copies of. so.. with every single document that i print – i’ve started to really consider if i really need it filed in a binder or sitting on my desk. most of my work is all in my computer… everything is stored in our server … organized well in our directories… a virtual cabinet, if you will. and i prefer it that way. my boss ( i have two) is also gung-ho on modernizing our entire filing system. in so much that he wants all pertinent documents scanned and stored in our server – and since we deal with other countries on a daily basis, having documents filed electronically is a must.
anyway, i’m glad that i can at least contribute a little with changing the way our office consumes paper (and plastic). that was pretty important to me. our building’s waste management does not pick-up recyclables, but despite that i’m using a cabinet in our boardroom as a makeshift plastic bottle recycle situation. we go through water bottles like crazy too… so seeing that makes me happy. i know i’m nerding out here a little, but its true…
oh, we also have sensors on our lights – so if there is no movement in a particular office for an extended period of time (say, 20 minutes) – the lights shut off automatically … *love* that. my office gets so much natural light during the warmer seasons that I just have the lights shut off most of the time and use a tiny lamp on my desk for work. my co-workers say that i love to work in the dark. he he. that’s okay though
so, at home.. i’m similar.
i use rechargeable batteries
use energy efficient light bulbs and turn off all the lights when not needed.
i bring my own shopping bags (when buying food) – i am trying to do that too with other items… so far i get smiles from salespeople when i give them back their huge shopping bag (though pretty) when i have another in my hand. i try to stick to one bag when shopping and just toss everything in there instead of having a bunch from different stores.
i own digital cameras… which do not use film, but i bought a Holga recently which uses 120mm… and although the allure of film photography has been tugging at me a bit, the idea of going through rolls of film is not appealing to me at the moment. so instead i decided to hone my skills at post-processing, and possibly learn to mimic the look of film before i delve into this type of photography.
( i have more i will add a little later)