Here’s a fun fact: When we work from home instead of travelling to the office, we save an average of half a tonne of carbon per two-day trip. Therefore, remote workers usually have smaller carbon footprints. However, if you want to do more in saving this blue planet while working remotely, this article is for you.
This World Environment Day, let us discuss 5 WFH sustainability tips, from the energy we use to the things we buy and the food we eat.
🌿 Pay attention to what you buy
According to KPMG’s Global Customer Insights Report in 2021, 68% of Irish consumers do more online shopping now than before the pandemic. Therefore, it has never been more important to be more conscious of what we buy and where we buy it from. As a consumer, you have the power to support companies that are eco-friendly and source their products sustainably. Many companies use a portion of their profits towards environmental protection (like Codex’s Plant-A-Tree Initiative). Choosing such companies will ensure the money you are spending has a positive impact on the planet.
In addition to choosing sustainable companies, you can also make small changes in your day to day life. For example, choosing to make a home-cooked lunch instead of ordering out and using greener options for stationery can go a long way in making your remote working lives more sustainable.
🌿 Cook at home more often
Research suggests that people who cook at home are healthier, but is cooking at home also beneficial for the planet? The answer is Yes! It is. There are several reasons why cooking at home is doing a world of good for our planet. For starters, you’re using lesser plastic by not ordering takeout. When your meal doesn’t come in plastic, you help prevent over 260 species from ingesting or becoming tangled in plastic debris. Secondly, the kitchen you have at home uses much lesser energy than commercial kitchens in restaurants.
Try to buy locally or organically sourced food. If possible, compost appropriate foods and products and use them for your plants.
🌿 Reduce and Recycle
The products we purchase have an impact on the environment in some way or another. It is important to remember that every product we purchase leaves an environmental footprint and could end up in a landfill. The first step to reducing waste is to buy from sustainable sources or, even better, buy less. The second step is to be mindful of the food we consume. It is estimated that a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Try to waste as little food as possible and compost the organic waste you can’t eat.
The third and the most important one is to recycle. Did you know that when you recycle aluminium and glass, they can be reformed and back on shelves in 6 weeks? That is the power of recycling. In addition, recycling helps reduce harmful emissions from landfills, decreases your carbon footprint and reduces the need to use natural resources to make new products.
🌿 Keep yourself informed
Knowledge is power, and one of the best ways to help the planet is to keep yourself informed. The more you know, the better. It allows you to make better decisions for yourself and the earth and leaves you better equipped to educate others.
We have access to a world of information at our fingertips, so why not take some time to be cognizant of how the world is changing around us? The best way to learn more is to stay up to date on the news and learn about the different things you can do to help and save resources. If possible, support your favourite environmental organisations by volunteering, attending their webinars and learning more about what they do.
🌿 Use eco-friendly office supplies
The average office worker generates almost 1kg of waste every day. Fortunately, there are things we can do to reduce this waste. Whether you are a student or a working professional, the need for stationery in our daily lives simply cannot be debated. However, most stationery items are not made of eco-friendly materials and have a close end date to them. This can cause us to keep buying more, contributing to a lot of toxic waste in the environment. The trick here is to use office supplies that are either waste-free, recycled or biodegradable.
We have introduced eco-friendly stationery supplies that you can use and do your bit to show your care towards the planet. We stock a wide range of 100% recycled paper and notebooks for all your printing and journaling needs. For all those quick notes that you might want to take throughout your day, we also offer our customers 100% recycled sticky notes. If you are someone who loves a pop of colour in your workspace, make sure to check out our Rainbow Coloured 100% Recycled Post-it Notes!