2020 has seen the world turned on its head. The traditional office space has also been turned upside down as many office spaces can’t facilitate appropriate social distancing. If you have been lucky enough to have a job that you can work remotely you’ve probably had to adjust your home to suit your new work from home (WFH) life. There are some quick and easy ways to keep your WFH situation functional, looking good and most importantly friendly to the earth.
1. Choose a considered desk
There are so many great options for an environmentally friendly desk with bespoke vibes these days. I’m a big believer in investing in fashion pieces that I can keep forever and furniture pieces are no exception. One of my favourite desks out there is Kiyo from Jardan (check it out below!).
Jardan has a great sustainability ethos ‘It’s about making furniture that follows the world’s best practices and pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in design and manufacturing. We believe that longevity is intimately intertwined with quality. That a high-quality product should be made with local materials and needs to last a lifetime.’ They ensure that their whole process from concept to manufacturing considers the environmental impacts and they have considered the overall energy use, offsetting their carbon footprint. In 2005 Jardan began an overhaul of their processes and output, in the first year they reduced their company-wide waste by 75%. In 2014, they became NCOS certified as a carbon neutral company. For their full Sustainability statement and process see here.
2. Power Down
One of the easiest ways to cut down your carbon emissions from home is taking it easy with the air-conditioning/heating. Not only will this cut down your footprint but it will help you save on the energy bills.
To add to that most energy companies these days have an option for you to off-set your carbon footprint. For example, Origin has the Green LPG program ‘for every tonne of emission generated from your LPG usage, we arrange for one tonne of emission reduction to occur.’ LPG is more environmentally friendly than other energy sources however, it still releases greenhouse gases. Their program on their website claims to plant trees to off-set the carbon emissions, investing in renewable energy and undergoing projects to reduce emissions.
3. No more plastic
Many of the cheaper office accessories like paper organisers, folders and bins are all made from plastic. Reduce your plastic use for your WFH by replacing those items with products made from natural materials. Check out this Saddle Magazine Rack from the Cool Hunter Store for unique way to store any loose sheets you have flying around!
4. Recycle, recycle, recycle
This definitely is an obvious one but it’s something we can never stop doing. Whether it’s selling old furniture on Facebook Marketplace or donating it to charity stores to as simple as making sure you separate your paper, cardboard, tins and plastic. A great non-plastic recycling bin is the Loot Basket from The Society Inc by Sibella Court (see below).
5. Make it green
Greenery is not only eye-catching but it has real benefits on your air quality. You might be aware of this already however, plants absorb carbon dioxide in a process call photosynthesis. When plants absorb carbon dioxide it prevents that same toxic gas from going into our atmosphere. Research from the University of Technology Sydney found that ‘indoor plants help reduce carbon dioxide levels by 10% in air-conditioned offices, and 25% in buildings without air-condition’. In 1980’s there was a study at NASA which discovered that plants remove chemicals from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde and in turn makes their air cleaner for us to breathe.
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