5 Sustainability Tips for the Office

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Now more than ever there is a growing desire to embrace more eco-friendly living and thankfully businesses are looking to do their part as well. It can be a little overwhelming when trying to figure out how to get started so we’ve put together a list of the best tips for creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly workplace.

Start a team dedicated to maintaining a sustainable office

A group of people designated to maintaining a sustainable office can get a lot more done than just sending out a memo. The team should be assigned projects such as putting together a recycling program, stocking up on green cleaning supplies, and making more energy-efficient options available for appliances. They can also engage other employees hands-on, providing them with the information they need to do their part in creating the most efficient office environment possible.

Create a challenge for everyone to participate in

Introduce a monthly challenge to the office to get everyone in the spirit. A type of challenge could include going a month without using plastic utensils and offering a small gift card as a prize. Or, you could encourage employees to use reusable coffee mugs when getting their caffeine fix.

Turn off all electronics at night

This includes lights, computers, and any appliances that could use energy while no one is using them. Make sure that the last person who leaves the office turns off all the lights. Better yet, set everything on a timer so you don’t have to worry about someone forgetting to turn off something that takes a lot of power.

Invest in office products that are better for the environment

There are all sorts of products that can have less of a negative impact on the environment from recycled office materials to more energy efficient computers. There are options for everyone no matter the size of the budget and any switch is better than no switch at all.

Research green power sources

Solar and wind energy are more available now than they ever have been and businesses both small and large can make the switch. If this is out of budget you can look into your energy provider and see if they offer a more sustainable energy plan.

There are many other ways to make the office more sustainable such as going paperless, adjusting the thermostat to run less, and even adding office plants and utilizing natural light to clarify the air and conserve energy. Don’t be afraid to get creative and applaud your employees for doing their part!

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Make a Difference by Watching These 6 Netflix Documentaries

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Philanthropy seems to be an increasingly popular topic in recent years, likely because the world is becoming more and more connected. It’s easier to see what other people are going through and find ways to help them. If you’re particularly interested in philanthropy and want to learn more about a specific topic or cause that needs some support, a great place for information is Netflix documentaries. The documentaries on Netflix are often well-known and many have won awards for the quality and awareness of the documentary. Here are some of the best documentaries on Netflix about various issues. If none of these appeal to you, there are many more to choose from, so go ahead and browse through them yourself!

Virunga

This documentary received stunning reviews from critics and even won a few awards. It focuses on park rangers in the Virunga National Park in the Congo. These rangers work on various conservation projects, even during the M23 Rebellion in the area. The documentary also takes a look at the activities of an oil company within the Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It covers political, economical, and environmental issues and shows a truly beautiful corner of the world that people are striving to protect.

Blackfish

Blackfish came out a few years ago and shocked audiences. The filmmakers discuss the issue of whether or not creatures like killer whales should be kept in captivity. It led to public outrage at the conditions many of these animals are kept in and eventually caused Seaworld to announce they would no longer breed orcas in captivity.

Poverty, Inc.

If you’ve ever questioned whether or not all charities are using your donations for the causes they advertise, this documentary addresses that issue. It offers a look into poverty in third-world countries and how charity actually impacts the people many are trying to help.

Fed Up

One of the many food documentaries on Netflix, Fed Up takes a look at the issue of childhood obesity in the United States and how the food industry may be contributing to this widespread health issue. There are lots of other documentaries that address issues in the food industry and they’re all unique in their own ways, so check out some of the others as well.

After the Spill

Oil spills seem to be increasingly common and we often do not hear much about them, especially after the initial disaster. This documentary examines the continuing effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill in Louisiana. Activists and locals are all interviewed and offer their views, providing a look into how an oil spill impacts an area for years to come.

Refugee

This documentary takes a look at various refugees from around the world who have had to leave their homes for different reasons. It offers a deeply personal view into their lives and allows them to share their dreams of a better life and the issues they’ve faced.