We spend a good part of our day in the office and, even if we are not in direct contact with nature, there are many ways to take care of the environment from our own chair! Today, June 5th, on World Environment Day, we want to share with you some of our tricks, as well as simple recommendations that we can all follow to take care of the planet while we are in the office. Sure that you also contribute with some of them, but maybe others will be a discovery.
Decorate with plants
In addition to absorbing the radiation emitted by our computers, they make the air cleaner and, therefore, we work in a healthier environment. If, like us, you put some cactus on your table, don’t forget to water it at least once a week!
Clean your email inbox
You are probably wondering what is the link between your email and the environment. Well, it turns out that emails also have an ecological cost: for every email stored, 10 grams of CO2 are generated per year. According to the expert Mike Berners-Lee, the use of our emails during one year can generate 136 kilos of CO2, which is the equivalent of … travelling 322 kilometers!
This is because our emails are hosted in huge data centers, which are permanently switched on, and that also need to be cooled down which supposes a huge energy consumption.
That’s why we recommend deleting unwanted messages, not subscribing to newsletters that we are not sure to open and not sending emails that are not necessary.
Plant trees while surfing on Internet
Yes, it is possible thanks to Ecosia. It is a search engine that donates approximately 80% of the income it receives through advertising to organisations dedicated to planting trees all over the world. What a good initiative! We recommend you to set it as your default search engine: www.ecosia.org. How many trees will you plant this month?
Save energy and natural resources
We are sure that you already have some good habits such as not leaving the lights on, turning off the taps, using the air conditioning only when it is necessary and at a temperature of about 25ºC in summer, but have you ever thought of all the lights that are left on stand by? When turning off the computer, we must also turn off the screen and everything that should not be working, because otherwise they will be consuming unnecessary energy all the time you are not at work.
And for the most athletic… why not using the stairs instead of the elevator? Our Moneytrans Spain headquarters is on a fourth floor and, even so, our colleagues do not fear the stairs! You could do the same, at least just to go down. 😉
Reduce and manage waste properly
The best waste is the one that is not produced, that’s why at Moneytrans Spain we have each one our own cup for coffee, which prevents us from using thousands of single-use plastic cups every month! In addition, we have a water dispenser, preventing us from buying it bottled.
If it can not be reduced, reuse: instead of buying toners and cartridges, refill the ink in stores like La fábrica del cartucho and refill24. Because of their chemical components, their production harms our environment, just as if they are thrown where they should not be. Moreover, by reusing them, you can save up to 70% of your budget!
If there is no other option left, recycle. Not just paper, plastic or glass. In Moneytrans we also recycle the coffee capsules which can be used to fertilise rice fields and then donate this rice to those who need it the most.
And if you replace your old computer with a new one, many organisations can reuse it and give it a brand new life. If it can’t be fixed, follow our example and take the electronic equipment to the facilities in charge of managing that specific waste in your city.
Share your car, go by bike or walk
This year, the UN Environment highlights on this day the fight against air pollution that, along with “the risks of water and chemicals kill an estimated 12.6 million people a year”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of World Health Organization.
To contribute to better air quality, you can use alternative means of transport to go to work. Walking or cycling will also help you to be keep you fit and, if not, you can always use public transport or share the car with your colleagues. With this small effort, in addition to saving money, you will contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions that are responsible for climate change.
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Sometimes we think that taking care of the environment is very complicated, but you can see that, many times, small habits can also make a difference.
At Moneytrans we believe that taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility, both individually and as a company. Encourage your colleagues to follow these and other recommendations so that, together, we can leave our green footprint on the planet.