Even if you've already set up your home office, it's not too late to make it a little greener. With a few small equipment and habit changes, you can take great strides to making your workspace friendlier to Australia's - and the world's - environment.
Let's get stuck in with some tips.
You don't need to avoid printing entirely to go green, but you do have to think smarter about your paper, ink and electricity usage. Consider these points:
We've already discussed eco-friendly ink and paper, but what other office supplies come with a thumbs up from the environment? Well, actually quite a few. The next time you're in your local stationery store, look for these products:
It's also advisable that you cut out anything that doesn't have a green alternative. Rubber bands are one example of this.
This stapler does not use any staples. pic.twitter.com/HnCyAh0Pou
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) May 13, 2017
Electrical equipment still uses electricity even when you've placed it on standby - this is called standby power, and while it might not seem like it's costing much, it builds up over time. In fact, EnergyAustralia estimated that standby power totals about 10 per cent of the average Australian's power bill.
If you aren't actively using something, turn it off at the wall.
Even if you already have a printer, if it isn't going to be fully eco-friendly it will always be holding you back. Consider making the switch to one of Epson's EcoTank small-office printers, which tick all the boxes we mentioned above - they use high-volume refill bottles that can save up to 80 per cent on ink costs, operate using only 10-20 watts (depending on the model), and enable fast double-sided printing.
To get your EcoTank printer, find your nearest Epson dealer today.
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