- One of the top sources of waste is paper — print double-sided where you can.
- Set your office copy machine to print double-sided as the default.
- Buy refurbished toner cartridges which are just as effective as a new toner cartridges.
- Pack a no-waste lunch for work.
- Use a reusable insulated bag or lunch box instead of a brown paper bag, to hold your child’s lunch every day. A reusable ice pack can be used to keep perishable food items cold.
- Use reusable plastic containers that can be washed and used over and over instead of using disposable plastic sandwich bags for sandwiches and snacks.
- Use a thermos or reusable jug instead of a bottle of soda or a juice box.
- Use metal silverware or wash plastic utensils and reuse them instead of plastic utensils that are used once and thrown away.
- Buy in bulk and pack individual servings in reusable containers.
- Use cloth napkins that can be washed and reused instead of using paper napkins or paper towels.
Source: Building a Zero Waste Lunch by Terry Kuta
State of Maryland, Department of the Environment
For more ways you can reduce waste at work, check out the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s page dedicated to the topic of waste reduction in the office.