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Dirty Work

Brits’ efforts to be ‘green’ go out of the window the moment they leave home and set off for work.

A study carried out among 1,000 working adults found most are generally green at home, happily recycling as much as we can and conserving energy. But when we are at work we frequently bin unused printer paper, chuck away food wrappers and drinks cartons and even leave windows open with the heating still on. Nearly one in four said they print things out when they don’t need to, while four out of ten forget to use their company recycling bin.

This was compared to eight out of ten who separate recyclable goods from non-recyclables when at home. In fact, twice as many UK workers believe they are greener at home than they are at work despite most people wishing they were otherwise.

Green Office Week’s Gregg Corbett said: ”With nearly half of office workers feeling that their companies do not take their environmental responsibilities seriously enough, it’s not surprising that we feel like we can’t make as big a difference at work as we can at home.

”We spend a third of our lives at work and more than half of UK workers feel they would be noticeably happier and more positive at work if it was easier for them to be more environmentally friendly.

”With this in mind, there’s never been a better time for change.”

Eight out of ten Brits said they were disappointed that their company didn’t lead the way with more green initiatives, with one in ten claiming they had even been actively discouraged from recycling at work by their employer.

Gregg Corbett added: ”These findings demonstrate that many UK companies still think that they don’t have the time or finances to implement greener working practices into how they operate.”

How green are you at home or in the office?  Are your acts just token gesture or do you believe that recycling truly has a positive effect? Does your boss encourage you to be ‘green’ at work or are you labelled a ‘tree hugger’?  We’ll be interested to hear what you have to say.


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