Your work is a great place to start being more sustainable. Not only are their a plethora of projects that your business or industry could implement to be more green (that you could help facilitate), but there are also simple things you can do to be more responsible as an individual. Many of us spend at least 40-50 hours a week at work–that’s 30% of our life!
Not only do we travel back and forth to work, but we also eat there and use a large amount of energy and resources when we run office equipment, print off materials, etc.
10 ways to escape affluenza at work!
Af-flu-en-za n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. 4. A television program that could change your life.
PBS has produced a wonderful website that accompanys their one hour documentary titled Affluenza. The website helps people ‘escape’ affluenza in their home and hearth and work, as well as provide methods to deal with kids, money, shopping, food and transportation. They also have a great affluenza quiz.
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Underlying this mission is the goal of providing resources and tools to the broadest possible business audience, including small and midsized companies and others that typically lack the time, expertise, or financial resources to obtain such information.