Ijah Going Green on Earth Day

As some of you would know, I carpool or use public transportation almost all the time. I also bring my own grocery bags and decline plastic bags when I shop; you can ask Kak Ruby, I always have one or even two of those green reusable grocery  bags in my totes. I try to drink more boiled or filtered water than bottled water (very hard though) and I don’t turn on the lights unless it’s necessary (I even pee in the dark whenever I get up at night and have to use the bathroom!). These are the things that I do regularly because I believe every little thing counts.
Well, today I was asked to write something on Earth Day to be uploaded onto my Company’s intranet. I spent a lot of time researching this piece to find tips that are workable at the office, so please share this around and try to incorporate them into your everyday worklife (if not homelife too).
  1. Unplug – Turn off your computer monitor, printers, photocopiers and the lights when they are not being used. At the end of work day, unplug your electronics from the power socket instead of just pressing the off switch. It reduces standby (or “leaking”) electricity i.e. the energy used while an appliance is switched off or not performing. Remember, screen savers don’t save energy!
  2. Go paperless – Take the time today to switch all your bills to paperless or e-statements. Many banks and service providers like Maxis and AirAsia offer paperless services via internet and mobile phones. Even your income tax can be filed online.
  3. Both sides, please – Use double-sided photocopying or printing whenever possible or use the blank side of a once-used paper. Create note pads by stapling together used paper.
  4. Recycle – Utilise the recycling area at your workplace or start one. Just about any kind of paper you would encounter in the office including faxes, envelopes and mailers can be recycled.
  5. Walk! – Take the stairs instead of using the elevator or park a little farther than usual and walk the rest of the way to the office. It helps to reduce energy use and can help improve your stamina and heart-health.
  6. Inflate – Keep your vehicle’s tires inflated to the proper pressure to increase your fuel economy and extend the life of your tires. Flabby tires have higher rolling resistance and waste more fuel. Better yet, designate one day of the week to keep the car at home and carpool or use the public transportation.
  7. Eat smart – Wasting food is about more than just wasting money, it’s also about wasting all the land resources that produce it. That doesn’t mean you should keep eating when you’re already full. Just ask for smaller portions or save the leftovers and have them later.
  8. Mugs – Ditch the paper cups and use reusable, washable mugs. If you can’t buy one, steal one (note: I don’t support the stealing suggestion. This is PC’s fault – yes PC, you KNOW what I am  talking about).
  9. Bag it – Where possible, skip plastic bags or styrofoam boxes that are commonly used to pack your purchases and food. Better yet, bring your own reusable shopping bag or food container. Many shopping outlets now offer this option such as Jaya Jusco and Giant.
  10. Buy local – Belilah barangan buatan Malaysia. Buying any goods produced locally saves energy by reducing the fossil fuels needed to transport food and other items across the country and around the globe.
Remember, it all starts with you.  If more people choose to go green at work, the positive benefits will multiply. Start by making more personal decisions with the environment in mind. Then help increase awareness by spreading the word to your colleagues, teams, bosses, suppliers and customers. It all adds up so spread the green word around!


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2 responses to “Ijah Going Green on Earth Day

  1. PC Ng

    See! I have gone green yonks ago. LOL.

  2. Yes and I have followed suit in your green effort – TWICE! Somehow I know I will burn in hell for a few millenia thanks to that.

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