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In this challenging economic climate, it’s nice to know that sometimes the right thing for our wallet or business can also be the right thing for the planet. With Green Office Week (GOW) fast approaching, make this the year to do your bit for the environment.


What do you do to help the environment? Research has shown that although UK employees want to be more environmentally friendly there aren’t enough facilities and opportunities to enable workers to help the environment.


The research undertaken by Avery Dennison (Avery Dennison, 2011) showed that:

• Despite huge efforts to make people aware of the environmental and economical impacts of their actions, 36% of the UK admit nothing is stopping them from doing their bit, but they just don't bother!

• 69% of respondents believe that being eco-friendly at work will make a substantial difference to the environment.

• 46% of us say it's important our companies should act responsibly when it comes to the green issues.

• Just 34% chose to consume less energy in a bid to reduce their working footprint even though the survey found British businesses waste over £120 million each year just by leaving the office lights on.

• Two thirds of office workers said they were not aware that their organisation had any environmental targets in place, and just 18% were told about targets during their induction.

• Office workers admitted that the lack of empowerment, facilities and communication are the key reasons why they are not greener during working hours. 47% even said that they are less conscious reducing power consumption because they aren't the ones paying the bills.


Green Office Week runs from 9th to 13th May 2011. Get ready and start reducing your workplace carbon footprint NOW!


Jack Webb



Avery Dennison. (2011) Green Office Week - Green Attitudes [online]. Available from: http://www.greenofficeweek.eu/Whats-Happening/Green-Attitudes/. [Accessed 13th April 2011]

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