UK Workers Leave the Environment on their Doorsteps
14 May 2012, News release from Footprint Communications
UK workers' green habits go out of the window the moment they leave home and set off for work, a national survey has revealed.
Commissioned as part of Avery Green Office Week, the study found that while we are generally green at home, happily recycling as much as we can and conserving energy, when we get to work we are likely to bin unused printer paper, chuck away food wrappers and drinks cartons and even leave windows open with the heating still on.
The study also revealed that nearly a quarter of us print things out when we don't need to and four out of ten of us forget to use our company recycling bin. This is compared to eight out of ten who manage to separate recyclable goods from non-recyclables when at home. In fact, we are twice as likely to be greener at home than we are at work despite most of us wishing otherwise.
The research was commissioned by Avery as part of Green Office Week, taking place May 14th- 18th. The week aims to empower individuals across the UK to change their business practices for the better, helping them to find greener ways of working. With nearly half of workers feeling that their companies do not take their environmental responsibilities seriously enough, Green Office Week focuses on the simple and practical things that we can all do to make a real difference.
In fact, eight out of ten UK workers are disappointed that their own company is not leading the way with more green initiatives. And, despite a quarter of us believing that we would feel less loyal to a company that doesn't want to be green, 41% of us have previously been in an awkward situation with a manager simply for trying to implement green practices at work. This is despite evidence demonstrating that being green can bring real cost-saving benefits to companies.
With a third of our lives spent at work, Green Office Week aims to change all this and champion change across the UK. Bigger and better than ever before, Green Office Week 2012 will feature a unique Green League with points and prizes for the greenest UK workers and a special Junk Modelling Challenge that will prove being green can be great fun too. The week will also be full of hints and tips to help you and your business green your workplace, with daily themes to help guide you on some of the most important things you can practically implement. To find out more and to get your business involved with Green Office Week 2012, simply register at greenofficeweek.eu or visit the Green Office Week Facebook page.
THE ECO SIN-BIN: THE TOP 10 NON-GREEN THINGS WE DO AT WORK
1.Chucking away paper rather than recycling it
2.Not having a recycling bin
3.Throwing away food packaging
4.Throwing away cans and cartons
5.Not printing double-sided
6.Leaving things on standby
7.Using non-environmentally-friendly products
8.Forgetting to turn off the lights when leaving the office
9.Leaving the heating on and opening windows
10.Not reusing envelopes or jiffy bags
For further information please email Footprint Communications