In light of World Environment Day 2021, more workers are wanting to make their remote working environments more eco-friendly. Are you trying to work greener this year? If so, then you have come to the right place. As remote working professionals we know how to adapt your home office in order to protect the environment. Here are our top 3 tips to make your remote workplace more eco-friendly:
1. Make the most of nature
Working remotely can often add to your energy expenditure as we spend more time at home. Although working from home uses up less energy than commuting and working from a conventional office, there are still more ways to make changes at home. Consider setting up your desk by a window in order to make the most of natural daylight. Not only will you reduce the amount of time your lights are on, but you will also boost your wellness letting in some fresh air. You could even consider sitting outside in good weather and working al fresco. That way you will be reducing your carbon footprint while also experiencing the joys of what the environment has to offer.
If remodelling your house to optimise natural light isn't feasible, you may still light it in an ecologically responsible manner using LED light bulbs. LED bulbs outperform incandescents and compact fluorescents in terms of efficiency, total cost, and environmental sustainability. Sure, they are more expensive up front, but you will save a lot of money in the long run on both your energy bills and on the cost of replacing the bulbs. A LED light bulb lasts up to 25000 hours in comparison to incandescent lights which last 12000 hours and CFL which last a mere 8000 hours.
2. Go Digital
Going digital is a simple method to reduce paper waste. There is no need to squander old sheets of paper in order to share documents and brainstorm. Ditch the printer and opt for sharing documents and brainstorming online. Sharing Google and Microsoft documents has never been easier! You can even work on the same task at the same time as your colleagues and see them working away in real time. Furthermore, virtual brainstorm meetings on platforms, like Wurkr, reduce the consumption of paper cups for our daily cup of coffee.
According to the University of Southern Indiana and the American Forest and Paper Association, Americans consume 85 million tonnes of paper every year, which equates to 308 kg per person and 7 trees worth of paper. While that statistic is astounding, just 23% of paper goods are recycled.
Working from home can accomplish much more. Wurkr has collaborated with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every new user that registers to our platform . Working together from anywhere using Wurkr reduces paper waste and benefits the environment.
3. Reduce your waste as much as possible
It's easy to overlook the small amounts of trash that we accumulate in typical offices, like sticky notes, single-use coffee cups, and other items that are discarded without a second thought.
Unfortunately, by working from home we can easily get stuck in our ways. For example, getting a takeaway coffee from your local cafe every morning. Think of all that wasted single-use material.
Because your home may now also be your office, you are spending more time there and thus producing more garbage. Eliminate as much as possible by ensuring you:
- Use reusable water bottles
- Take keep cups with you on your daily coffee run
- Keeping notebooks or using online note taking tools in order to reduce paper waste
- Reduce your consumption of packaged snacks in favor of bulk items, fruit, and other minimally packed foods
- Recycle everything you can in accordance with your local recycling centre
- Compost organic waste
However, companies also have a responsibility to supply employees with items to help them reduce waste. For example Wurkr, provides employees with water bottles, mugs and keep cups to help them make their remote working environment more eco-friendly.
Hopefully these tips will help you continue working towards a more sustainable future post World Environment Day 2021!
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