Weekend Poll Results: Environmentally Responsible Offices

With thanks to all who participate, here are the results of this past weekend’s poll. The focus?

How environmentally friendly is your office?

The results

The majority of respondents consider recycling and attention to the environment important,  and 56% rated their company four or higher out of five for environmental conscientiousness.

Some practices are so commonplace that 100% of respondents said they recycle paper in their workplaces. The majority of respondents’ workplaces recycle ink cartridges, but only 56% of respondents’ cafeterias provide access to reusable dishware/cutlery.

Check out the responses on meeting materials. Less than half the respondents cited the traditional paper packages as the means by which agenda materials are circulated. While there are often costs associated with portals, they’re practical on a number of levels. Where cost is a prohibiting factor for people who want to reduce paper consumption, assembling agenda materials into a PDF is a pragmatic option.

 

What would it take for you to switch from recyclable coffee, water and other drink containers to your own washable products?

Reusable Beverage Containers Copyright Shelagh DonnellyIt turns out that almost half the respondents’ workplaces do encourage such practices. If that’s not the case in your office, might this be an opportunity for you to introduce the concept?

The Data

On a scale of 0 (non-existent) to 5 (highly aware and proactive), how environmentally conscientious is the region/country in which you work?

  • 5: 50% of respondents
  • 4: 37.5% of respondents
  • 3: 12.5% of respondents

On a scale of 0 (non-existent) to 5 (highly attentive and proactive), how environmentally conscientious is the company/organisation for which you work? 

  • 5: 11% of respondents
  • 4: 45% of respondents
  • 3: 33% of respondents
  • 2:  0% of respondents
  • 1: 11% of respondents

Do you recycle paper products in your workplace? 

  • Yes: 100% of respondents

Does your employer encourage use of washable beverage containers rather than single-use or recyclable glass or plastic beverage containers? 

  • No: 50% of respondents
  • Yes: 40% of respondents
  • 10% of respondents selected “Other”. One wrote, “Such options are available, but not actively encouraged.”

If you have access to on-site cafeteria services, does the supplier provide access to reusable dishware/cutlery? 

  • Yes: 56% of respondents
  • No: 44% of respondents

Does your office return used photocopier ink cartridges for reuse? 

  • Yes: 78% of respondents
  • No: 22% of respondents

Does your employer’s board of directors rely on paper, PDFs, or a portal for its meeting materials? 

  • Portal: 44.5% of respondents
  • Paper: 44.5% of respondents
  • Agenda packages assembled as PDFs: 11% of respondents

Does your employer’s management team rely on paper, PDFs, or a portal for its meeting materials?  

  • Portal: 50% of respondents
  • Paper: 30% of respondents
  • Agenda packages assembled as PDFs: 20% of respondents

For the meetings you coordinate or attend, do participants rely on paper, PDFs, or a portal for its meeting materials? 

  • Portal: 34% of respondents
  • Paper: 34% of respondents
  • Agenda packages assembled as PDFs: 22% of respondents
  • 11% of respondents selected “Other”. One wrote, “Paper & PDF”.

What do you typically do with compostable food scraps from your workday lunches? 

  • 40% of respondents toss them in the garbage
  • 30% of respondents compost them at work
  • 10% of respondents take them home for composting
  • 20% of respondents selected “Other”. Comments included, “I always eat what I bring.”

On a scale from 0 (irrelevant) to 5 (highly relevant), how important do you personally consider recycling and attention to recyling/composting/the environment? 

  • 5: 50% of respondents
  • 4: 40% of respondents
  • 3: 0% of respondents
  • 2: 10% of respondents

 

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