Providing a dishwasher for your staff can actually influence them to use mugs, plates and cutlery that can be washed and reused.
Discouraging the use of paper plates and plastic cups, that can only be used once and are more than likely to be thrown away, will help your office become more environmentally friendly!
Avoid keeping vending machines for hot drinks in your office, as these require plastic cups that cannot be reused!
A great way to help save cost and also re-use furniture, is to repair and reupholster the chairs you already have.
Whether its for major brands of seating: Steelcase, Herman Miller Aeron Chairs, Wilkhahn etc or general types of chairs too – executive seating, soft seating, conference seating – extending the life of your chairs has never been easier.
General types of repairs fall under these categories – replacing and fitting new gas lifts, replacing height adjustable chair arms, fitting new chair arms, fixing mechanisms – so that the back and seat move properly, putting new mesh on seat backs – in a range of different colours/re-foam chairs, and reupholstering them too.
If you want to repair your office seating – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motion-detector lights – an answer to cutting your energy consumption.
Motion-detector lights can help your office significantly reduce its energy consumption.
No longer do you need to remember to switch off lights when you leave a room – these lights will do it themselves. Triggered by movement, the lights will switch themselves on again – it couldn’t be easier!
We are having our office refurbished but the chairs don’t match the new colour scheme. What can we do?
Reupholster your exisiting chairs to match your new colour scheme. This is both cost-effective and eco-friendly.
It’s even possible to reupholster your chairs in eco-friendly fabrics!
Plants help to absorb indoor pollution, so they are a great way to make your office eco-friendly – as well as reducing pollution levels, they will brighten up your office.
Another way to go natural is by using non-toxic cleaning products, which will also help protect the environment.
We are having an office move and we have lots of good quality furniture, which we no longer need, how can we reuse it?
There are a number of ways to make sure your office furniture is reused. One cost effective method is to sell your furniture by advertising it. This option is most efficient if your company is planning an office move far in advance, as advertising requires lead in time. Alternatively, new office tenants may be interested in your good quality furniture – contact your landlord to notify them of your unwanted furniture and you may be able to make a sale. Donating to charities is also a great way to reuse no longer needed furniture if you do not have time to advertise it.
Need to change our office cleaners but are unsure where to start?
If you are looking for a professional office cleaning company with experienced office cleaners, there are certain things that you need to look out for if you are making a change.
First of all you need to know what your current cleaning specification is, so if you don’t have a copy on file, ask your contractors.
Once you know what service you are getting, you can then search out other companies and either ask for a like for like specification or get the new company to specify the job for you. Once you are happy with your new office cleaning quotation and go ahead with it, you will find that the problems that you have experienced will probably go.
However in order to ensure that the quality is improved in your new cleaning contract there are a number of steps that you can take.
For example, take references, make sure the spec includes everything you want to be completed, make sure that the cleaning quotation includes sufficient time to get the job done and that it has not been underquoted.
If its possible to meet your office cleaners before the start of the office cleaning contract, that also makes a big difference. Another really helpful tip is to make sure that you can communicate with your office cleaner, either directly or with a comments book this way it gives you greater flexibility.
We have an auditorium and we like the design of the chairs but the fabric is wearing out – can we get them re-upholstered?
Whether it’s a single seat design in your auditorium or fixed seating, auditorium seating can be re-upholstered. In addition to the re-upholstery service, the chairs can be re-padded – which is where old foam is taken out of them and replaced with new foam.
If there are writing tablets, these can also be replaced.
If you run a conference centre or are based at a university and are looking to save money and need your conference seating looking brand new again – this is a great way to do it!
Things to Remember
Make a list of what needs to be done and by when.
Find professional movers, issue labels to staff, so they pack their items in the moving boxes clearly marked.
Include the layout of the new space you to make sure it fits in the space you are moving to.
Arrange to clear your office of any extra furniture/electrical items etc that you are not looking to take with you.
Arrange all telecoms disconnections and re-connections, make sure your internet will be up and running.
Inform customers of the date you are moving!
The best thing about chair refurbishment and re-upholstery is if you have lots of office chairs, that have seen better days, by refurbishing them they don’t go to landfill!
Where the fabric has worn out, re-upholstering the chair mean that you will extend the chair usage for a good few years. Not only is re-upholstering and refurbishing your chairs a fantastic eco friendly thing to do – one of the other major advantages is that whatever type of seating you have from expensive designer chairs to leather executive chairs, you can save money too.
There are so many fabrics to chose from, that you can either give your existing chairs a completely new look by choosing a different coloured or textured fabric or just get them back to looking new again with the same colour.