Go green: How to make your workstation sustainable

Posted on April 2020 By Speller International
Sustainable Workspace

There are many reasons to consider looking into more sustainable habits.

Having sustainable practices is not only good for the environment but can also help reduce your overall energy costs and improve your health and wellbeing. It’s not always possible to change your workplace, however, as a lot of us are working and spending more time at home, making small changes to our home can make a big difference.

Here’s a few ways you can do your bit to make your home office green.

Add Greenery

It sounds simple but adding plants into your workspace not only brightens up the area but has been shown to increase productivity by up to 15%. Plants also reduce pollution, making the air in your home office cleaner to breath.

Reduce Paper

With the option to store digital documents and information in the cloud, it is becoming easier than ever to reduce your paper waste. If printing is essential, then try to get a printer that will print double sided to reduce the number of pages you need to use. Reducing your paper usage helps to reduce the impact on our forests, as well as cutting back on the energy that’s needed to produce printer paper.

Reduce Energy Usage

Small changes can make a big impact on your total energy use at home. Consider how you heat and cool your home, and if it’s a necessity. Remember to switch your computer station off at the end of the day and turn all the lights off in your workspace. If possible, try to use laptops instead of desktop computers as in general they require less energy, and reduce the brightness of your screen to the lowest level that is still comfortable for you.

One Meat-Free Day Per Week

This may be a tough one for all you carnivores out there, but a great option for trying to make some sustainable changes can be as easy as having “Meat-Free Mondays,” in order to reduce the amount of meat being consumed. By reducing the amount of meat we eat, we can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the strain on water and land usage.

Sustainable Transportation

If you are still working from an office, look at ways you can make your commute into work more sustainable. Whether it be getting the train or riding your bike instead of driving, these small changes can have a positive effect on air pollution and city congestion. If you’re working from home, you’re already doing your part - and saving in transport costs too!

These small changes can contribute to a green home or office space, and of course, a more sustainable world.

If you have any tips to making your home or office a more sustainable place, feel free to leave a comment on our LinkedIn page.