TURN ON TO TURN OFF – Lights Out for Green Office Week

top_logoNext month, Avery’s eco campaign, Green Office Week www.greenofficeweek.eu (12 – 16 May) gets under way. In its sixth year, the award-winning national campaign encourages employees to implement a sustainable work culture by adopting a more eco friendly approach to the work place environment.

With office-based employees spending more of their time at work, a huge percentage of the country’s energy consumption is in the workplace. Alarmingly, research from Green Office Week shows that Brits are 3.5 times more likely to consider themselves greener at home than at work and nine out of 10 people feel their company could do more for the environment.

The aim behind Green Office Week is to highlight that everyone can do something to change that; by empowering and equipping office workers with some easy to implement actions and demonstrate that competitiveness in the marketplace can be gained  from applying leaner, greener working practices.

Computers and monitors can account for half of the electricity used in a typical office while a monitor left on overnight can use the same energy as a laser printer producing 800 A4 printed copies. With this in mind, one of the first recommendations from the week-long initiative is to turn on to turn off. Become aware of all the machines in the office; printers, computers, scanners, photocopiers, phone chargers; the list is endless and get into the habit of turning them off. This one simple step can make considerable financial savings and in time create a positive impact for the environment. .

Throughout the week, the campaign details how and where energy savings can be made and how to work towards creating a healthier workplace from forming a Green Team of co-workers, who can help spread the sustainable working practices and support each other.

Avery’s marketing director Fiona Mills explains the thinking behind the campaign, “At Avery we appreciate that ‘nobody can do everything but everyone can do something’ and it was with this in mind that Green Office Week was born. We wanted a campaign that could be easily adopted by individuals and companies alike, that was easy to follow and explains the benefits of adopting a green approach to the working environment.”

Via a series of helpful tips, from simple actions such as switching paper cups for mugs, reusing old packaging and using more eco friendly products and myth busting the initiative gives everyone the opportunity to create a healthier working environment and get on a green path.

To find out more go to www.greenofficeweek.eu where you can register for a free sample pack of Avery goodies plus access the weeks activities, to download sharable content and find out more about Avery’s sustainable product range. You can also register your commitment with Green Office Week by making a Pledge and with helpful hints & tips from Avery start greening your office straight away.

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