EUROPE:GOING GREEN – OR ARE THEY ?
EUROPE:GOING GREEN – OR ARE THEY ?
2006-12-05 at 12:43:00 pm #17092
Offices Going Green – Or are they?
2006, New research from Lexmark has revealed that people in Europe who
have embraced the ‘green revolution’ at home also adopt ‘green’
practices at work, with a massive 84% saying their behaviour in the
office is environmentally friendly. The study of over 2 500 office
workers across Europe reveals that thinking about the environmental
impact of day to day tasks is fast becoming habitual with 88%
recognising that printing at work has a big impact on the environment.
More information below.
Lexmark Research Reveals Home Environmentalists Go Green at Work
‘green’ revolution is truly established across households in Europe
which is having a ‘knock-on’ positive affect on environmentally sound
behaviour in the office, according to new research from Lexmark, with a
massive 84% saying their behaviour in the office is environmentally
friendly.A new study by the printing solutions provider of over 2 500
office workers across Europe reveals that thinking about the
environmental impact of day to day tasks is fast becoming habitual with
88% recognising that printing at work has a big impact on the
Time for more action
is clear that office workers are keen to see greener workplaces but
they also claim that their companies are not helping – 43% claim that
their company does not care about paper wastage and 41% don’t think
energy waste is on their employers’ agenda. Lexmark takes its
responsibility in this area very seriously and is continuing to build
on several years of environmentally sound practices which include
worldwide recycling programmes.
are getting more paper savvy, with 84% of office workers claiming they
often read their emails and other documents on screen rather than print
them. However only 29% of them use recycled paper to print and just
28% print double-sided.The research not only looked at paper wastage in
the office but also the wider issues of energy waste and cartridge
recycling. Being green is increasingly becoming part of every day
office life with 81% of office workers claiming they often switch off
the lights in their office at the end of the day as well as their
computer and screen to help save energy. What’s more, over half of
employees often go even further by switching off the printer (56%) as
well as the lights in absent colleagues’ offices (53%).When it comes to
printer cartridges the story is not quite as good – despite 63% of
office workers saying that empty cartridges are collected by the
manufacturer for recycling, only 49% dispose of them in the recycling
collection bin. What’s more, over one in ten (12%) workers throws the
empty cartridges straight in the rubbish bin.
are the most conscientious about the environment, with almost 9 out of
ten (88%) switching their PC’s off at the end of the day. The legal
profession is also leading the way in office recycling with over two
thirds (67%) recycling all waste paper, compared to just half (55%) in
the financial services industry.
The ‘Green’ Age
Europe, it’s the over 50’s who are leading the recycling revolution,
with almost 1 in 12 (7%) investing in alternative sources of energy at
home, such as solar and hydro power. Over two thirds of this age group
(67%) recycle paper, compared to half (56%) of 18 – 24 year olds.“We at
Lexmark have internally evaluated the environmental impact of our
products using a lifecycle analysis methodology. I’m pleased to see
that the way office workers perceive the environmental impact of
printing is close to reality, as confirmed by the latest Ipsos
research,” says Hans Horn, Managing Director of Lexmark South Africa.
“Indeed this impact is primarily due to paper consumption and then to
energy waste.He adds: “When it comes to the empty cartridges, there is
still work to be done in educating people about the impact of their
choices. Many office workers believe that reusing cartridges is a way
to solve the environmental issue. However, when quality is poor and
the cartridge yield does not meet expectations, these cartridges are
discarded anyway.” Horn concludes.
Research conducted by Ipsos
1) Between February 20th and March 7th 2006
Number of interviews: 2,837 employees in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Sweden.
Interview method: phone.
2) Between July 27th and August 15th 2006
of interviews: 4,602 employees in France, Germany, United Kingdom,
Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands.
Interview method: online
3) Between September 4th to September 14th 2006
Number of interviews: 2,500 employees in France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy.Interview method: online.