As the modern office space shifts away from traditional communal buildings and into our homes, it’s important to consider how we can create more sustainable home offices. The good news is, your office is in your home. You have more control over the sustainable practices you decide to incorporate.
Here are a few simple ways to promote sustainability in your home office:
Whenever possible, opt for natural lighting. Ideally, your home office has a southern-facing window that maximizes the use of natural light (if you’re located in the northern hemisphere, of course). Position your desk close to the window to reap the benefits of natural sunlight.
If your home office space does not have a window, then create light by painting the room a light color, and using LED light bulbs. LED lights are much more energy-efficient, plus they last 2-3 times longer than fluorescent or incandescent light bulbs.
Of course, going digital instead of printing documents is the best option for the environment. But it’s not always practical to do so.
Check your printer settings for a couple of things: 1. Print double-sided and 2. If your printer has it, use the energy-saving mode when not in use.
Recycle one-sided printed paper by reusing the blank side for doodling or scratch notes.
For inkjet printers, opt for refilling the cartridges at local print shops. Or, look for “remanufactured” cartridges online. Most printer ink cartridges are not properly recycled, so refilling the cartridges is better for the environment.
Easy Ways to Reduce Waste
Chances are there are a few small changes you can make that aren’t terribly inconvenient for your busy life, but they’ll undoubtedly make an impact on the environment.
- Ditch bottled water. Replace with a water filtration system (this could be as simple as a Brita pitcher in your fridge) and a reusable water cup or bottle.
- Ditch single-use plastic bags. Replace with reusable bags, such as shopping totes or silicone food storage bags.
- Ditch disposable coffee filters. Replace with a reusable mesh basket.
- Ditch wax candles, which use petroleum. Replace with soy candles.
- Ditch paper towels and paper napkins. Replace with rags and cloth napkins.
- Ditch dryer sheets. Replace with wool dryer balls.
- Ditch your plastic toothbrush. Replace it with a bamboo one.
- Ditch liquid soap. Replace it with bar soap.
We challenge you to pick three items from the list above to commit to today! Be sure to share this article with friends and family and ask if they’ll join the challenge with you.