Many of us try to live sustainably at home, but we can make more of an impact if we also take steps to improve our habits in the workplace. Try these sustainable office ideas to reduce your carbon footprint in your office or study.
1. GO PAPERLESS
You’re probably aware of the mantra, “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” And while paper can usually be reused and recycled, the most sustainable approach of all is to reduce the amount of it that you use. Switching to online bank statements, sending invoices by email and using a calendar app on your smartphone are all easy ways to cut down on the amount of paper in your office. As a plus, you’ll never lose anything, as it’s all instantly accessible in the Cloud!
2. Reduce energy usage
Most of us are guilty of wasting energy through habits we probably don’t even think about. The good news is, these are easily changed if you put your mind to it. Charging your phone? Get into the routine of unplugging your charger when you’ve finished. At the end of every day, switch monitors, microwaves and other devices off at the mains, rather than leaving them on standby. Consider using timers or motion sensors to control your lights and heating, so that you only use what you need.
3. GO BACK TO NATURE
Many commercial cleaning products contain ingredients that are unnecessarily harsh on the environment. Switch to eco-friendly products, or better still, opt for natural store cupboard items like lemon juice, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to keep your office sparkling. You can also improve the air quality in your office by introducing a house plant or two.
4. MAKE YOUR OWN LUNCH
One of the perks of working from home is being able to eat what you want and when you want, so be sure to utilise this benefit by creating your own lunches at home. If you’re in the habit of popping out for a shop-bought sandwich or coffee shop takeaway at lunchtime because its easier, try prepping your lunches the night before so all the hard work is already done for you. By prepping ahead or making yourself a fresh lunch at home, you’ll cut down on packaging, save cash and probably eat more healthily, too. Try to eat sustainably by using up leftovers, reducing food miles by choosing seasonal produce, or go meat-free for one or more days of the week.
5. Insulate your office
Is the heat that you’re paying for escaping through cracks in the roof – or even going straight out of the window? Sustainable office design with proper insulation will make your office more energy efficient, saving on bills and helping to create a more environmentally friendly workplace. At Green Studios, all of our garden offices are constructed using SIPS panels and sustainable building materials, for maximum efficiency.
Read more about the eco specifications of our modular garden buildings, and contact us on 01582 805710 for a free consultation.