5 Simple Measures for a More Eco-Friendly Law Office

If your law office isn’t actively trying to decrease its ecological footprint, you should seriously consider starting today. Environmental awareness is on the rise, with many people trying to take part in this green movement, buying more eco-friendly products and opting for services from eco-friendly companies. Not only can your law office contribute to the conservation of the environment by introducing a few green measures, but also decrease its costs and potentially gain new clients. Below are a few simple measures your law firm can take to lower its environmental impact.Eco friendly law office

Get Rid of Bottled Water

Plastic is the biggest polluter of the planet’s oceans. Each year, about 3 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide, with the U.S. accounting for about 380 million of these plastic bags. It’s not just plastic bags that are a problem either, but also plastic bottles and other plastic waste. Bottled water alone produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste each year in the U.S. While some plastic is being recycled these days, a significant amount (almost 90%) still ends up in landfills and some of it eventually into the ocean. Recycling is not completely environmentally friendly either since it still requires energy to recycle plastic.

A simple measure your firm can take for the environment is to ban plastic water bottles in the office and instead install a water tap with filter. Make sure to provide reusable water cups as well and not throw away plastic or paper cups. This small measure will help your save money too since bottled water is very expensive compared to (filtered) tap water for basically the same quality of water.

Put in LED Lighting

LED lighting alone won’t save the environment, but it is still a great small measure you can take in your pursuit of working in a greener office. While LED lights are more expensive than their alternatives, they use a lot less electricity and generally last at least 5 times longer than regular light bulbs, thus saving you money in the long run.

Enforce Telecommuting

You shouldn’t just allow telecommuting one or a few days per week, you should “force” your employees to work from home at least one day per week (if this is possible in your business). Working from home has been shown to potentially improve a worker’s happiness and productivity and has a positive impact on the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from employees’ daily commute. You need to make sure that the right IT infrastructure is in place for employees to be able to efficiently work from home though.

Buy Green Products and Services

Commit to buying green office supplies, green electricity, hire a green cleaning service and buy services from eco-friendly businesses.

Recycle or Reuse

Make sure that any recyclable waste is separated from general waste and actually recycled. Also try to reuse as much as possible. It should become part of company culture to think twice before throwing something away.

If you’ve implemented all of these green measures already, you can think about taking it up a notch, for example by installing solar panels to provide electricity for your law office.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Alamo Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Zane likes eco-friendly offices.

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