Creating a Green and Sustainable Home Office

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Creating a Green and Sustainable Home Office

Remote work can be just as eco-friendly as working from anywhere else. Here are tips to create a green and sustainable home office.

    The pandemic has undeniably changed everything, including how we work. As cases rise and months of on-and-off lockdowns unfold, it’s clear that remote work is here to stay. With that, we must adjust and adapt in the best, most conscious way possible.


    Keep going green

    Despite the changes caused by the pandemic, another truth remains: Our planet still needs us to be as responsible, guarded and caring. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you must forget about being environmentally mindful.

    Today, we’re going to let you in on how you can create a green and sustainable home office. Whether it’s to lessen your energy consumption or clean the air around you, here are tips to get you started.


    1. Identify your needs

    In order to find out the best position, tools and items as well as the amount of energy you’ll need to consume, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions.

    • How big a space would you need?
    • Would you need a laptop and a desk or more?
    • Where do you plan to position your home office in?
    • Would you be in frequent communication with others?

    Once you have identified your major needs, it would be easier to understand what you must have in your home office. This way, you always make conscious decisions and responsible choices once you start dressing yourself and your area up.


    2. Eliminate waste

    Creating a green home office may seem daunting at first. However, it’s about practicing good habits that essentially become second nature, like eliminating office waste. This is finally the time that you can embark on your zero waste journey.

    Here are a pivotal switches you should do:

    • Ditch the post-its and printouts and stick to digital filing or white board writing
    • Switch paper towels and use reusable rags
    • Use a French press or reusable mesh instead of coffee filters
    • Stick to your reusable tumbler instead of disposable cups
    • Go for bulk-bought snacks instead of single-packaged food
    • Keep in mind composting and segregating


    3. Be on top of your energy consumption

    From computers and printers to lights and other devices, there’s a lot of energy consumed at home. If you want to create a sustainable home office, you want to be more conscious on how you can conserve power.

    Consider the following tips to lower your electrical bill:

    • Utilize only LED bulbs or solar lighting
    • Position your home office near natural light and window for fresh air
    • Turn off your devices when not in use
    • Make sure your appliances are energy-saving certified
    • If you can, make the switch from desktop to laptop to save more energy


    4. Surround yourself with plants

    Home office surrounded with green plants

    Plants provide cleaner air, more oxygen and ultimately, boost your mental health. They work wonders in a home office as they essentially improve your overall quality of life. So make your home office as green as it can be by making them your officemates.

    If you don’t have enough natural light in your home office, stick to these plants:

    • Snake Plant
    • English Ivy
    • Zebra Plant
    • Staghorn Fern
    • Echeveria

    If your home office receives ample amount of natural light, these plants will be a joy to work with:

    • Fiddle Leaf Fig
    • String of Pearls
    • Living Stone
    • Rubber Plant


    5. Support the right brands

    If you’re looking to purchase necessary items for your sustainable home office, support only the right brands. Study their advocacy, research about their efforts and initiatives and dig into their labor practices. This way, you can be certain you are investing on brands you share the same mission with.

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