- Open a Window: Instead of turning on the air conditioning, open a window to let the cool breeze brighten up your office. A little fresh air goes a long way and saves energy.
- Recycle: Have recycle bins around the office so staff can toss paper in the recycle bin instead of the trash can. If it is feasible, try to get everyone a small recycle bin to make recycling easy.
- Electronic Charts: Though this may be expensive initially, having your patients fill out charts on an iPad is a smart move and it saves paper. Plus, while not in use for forms, the iPad can be docked to play patient education videos.
- BPA Free Cups: Instead of stocking your kitchen with plastic cups, give each employee reusable cups and mugs like these BPA free cups. You can purchase them at home or sporting goods stores. Retailers like Starbucks sell reusable tumblers and coffee mugs that make going green easy.
- Mind Electricity: Be cautious about electricity usage at your office. Whoever leaves last at the end of the day should be responsibly for making sure all the lights are turned off before they leave. Staff should also be encouraged to turn off computers and printers at the end of the day so they aren’t unnecessarily turned on at the end of the day.
- Bring lunch: This not only helps prevent you from having to drive to lunch but also eliminates all the packaging that inevitably comes with ordered lunch. Bringing a reusable container from home eliminates waste.
- Walk/Bike: If you live a close enough distance, bike to work! You can also use your bike to get lunch, or walk while you go on your break to get lunch.
Desk Plants: Bringing a plant to your desk will purify the air in your office to help keep it fresh. NASA has done many studies that show that certain plants effectively rid the air of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene. If you want a pretty, flowering plant, get gerberba daisies. (Refer to this list for houseplants you can use.)
Here are some appalling facts about pollution and its effect on the environment:
-Each person creates an average of 4.7 pounds of waste daily!
-In 2007 alone, the amount of recycling saved the energy equivalent of 10.7 billion gallons of gasoline, thus preventing the release of carbon dioxide equivalent to 35 million cars!
-By recycling one ton of aluminum cans, we can conserve about 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
-Each person in the US uses about 10,000 sheets of paper
-Enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from California to New York
Do you have any suggestions to add to this list?
DentalXChange is committed to going “green.” In an effort to encourage practices to switch over to an Electronic Data Interchange format and do away with paper, CDA Endorsed Program DentalXChange will plant a tree in the name of each new practice that signs up for the company’s ClaimConnect product. (read about it here).
The goal: Make practices run smoother and help the environment at the same time.