Zero Waste in the Office – 11 Ultimate Tips for More Sustainability

Zero Waste in the office means practicing sustainable changes in the work routine to save resources like energy and minimize the amount of waste generated. This not only saves costs but also takes on ecological and social responsibility.

Zero Waste im Büro


1. Lunch Time. Meal Prep has been trendy for years: Bring your food from home instead of buying fast food or a plastic-wrapped salad to-go during lunch break. The possibilities are endless. Cooked too much again? Take your food in a food storage container to work. Cook ahead or simply enjoy a cereal or a sandwich.


Frischhaltedosen mit Gemüse und vorgekochten Gerichten stehen auf dem Tisch

Your lunch remains intact and fresh in food storage containers or sandwich click boxes.(here fredo fresh)


2. Avoid Coffee-to-go cups. Fill your own reusable coffee cup for on-the-go or brew your coffee in the office kitchen.


3. Waste Separation: Ensure proper waste separation. Provide sufficient bins and clearly label them. With proper waste separation, everyone on the team contributes to recycling and reusing valuable resources, while also reducing waste.
4 Mülleimer in unterscxhiedlichen Größen stehen zur separierten Müllentsorgung bereit

The magne waste bins are placed in different sizes and colors, with an additional sticker preventing incorrect waste sorting.


4. Think before you print. Ask yourself each time if you really need to print the documents! Include the “Think before you print” note in your email signature to encourage colleagues and business partners to consider it too.


5. Paper Consumption: Restructure your work habits and digitize processes to minimize paper consumption. If paper usage is unavoidable, use recycled paper and print double-sided.


6. Old Documents as Draft Paper instead of Paper Waste. It happens that spelling mistakes are noticed only after printing or that printouts are no longer needed. Before disposing of the printouts, use the back for handwritten notes.


ein Mann sitzt im Büro und wirft ein zusammengeknülltes Papier in den Papierkorb.

Paper waste should be avoided as much as possible.


7. Digital Notes. Whether scheduling appointments, brainstorming keywords, to-do lists, and more – try making your notes digital. Programs like Evernote are perfect for notes, mind maps, or to-do lists. Just give it a try.


8.Refill instead of discard. Replace the refill of your pen or refill the highlighter instead of discarding office supplies.


9. Sustainable Transportation. Do you live near your workplace? Then try biking to work. For example, keeeper offers discounted e-bike leasing. Is the office too far? Form carpooling groups with colleagues or use public transportation.


10. Retire your electronic devices. Shut down the computer when leaving home and turn off the lights.


11. LED it shine. The use of energy-efficient lighting such as LED bulbs can significantly reduce energy consumption. These bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and have a much longer lifespan. Additionally, make use of daylight and let natural light into the room.


It doesn’t require big changes to work more environmentally friendly and sustainable in the office. Try it out yourself! If everyone takes a small step, we’re already making a big step forward together.


Keep your world!


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