Whenever the new year begins, people are thinking of ways on how to become a better version of themselves. While some goals appear unattainable, achieving a more environmentally conscious lifestyle is not.

Why should businesses consider going in this direction? Because it has the potential to improve air quality at work, while reducing overall waste of materials that the planet is unable to reproduce. Before taking the plunge, think long and hard on what aspects of your work space need to be adjusted.

“While there may be a whole host of things you hope to accomplish in 2014, trying to do them all is just going to be overwhelming,” Greener Ideal contributor Chris Keenan explained. “You probably won’t do anything well, which will lead to frustration.”

This is why it is important to brainstorm with fellow executives on what processes or habits could be changed. Knowing this in advance can lead to smaller, more achievable switches. Here are a list of ways to make your office more environmentally friendly

  • Replacing lamps with LED or CFL bulbs
  • Unplugging cords from outlets before leaving the building
  • Using a water filter instead of purchasing water bottles
  • Recycling paper and plastic products
  • Turning off lights that aren’t being used
  • Purchasing quality office furniture over brand new products

The last recommendation may seem obvious, but often times, business owners spend thousands of dollars on workstations and cubicles. Unlike the other changes, many of these desks are made from plastic that is hard to recycle or wood that could be used to absorb carbon dioxide. Lightly used commercial used office furnishings will help your business for many years, while saving many of the Earth’s vital resources.