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How to Work From Home Sustainably

26 April 2022

Increasing numbers of individuals and organizations are interested in sustainable living. This means making lifestyle choices that are environmentally friendly and reduce waste and emissions.

When we work from home, we automatically reduce certain behaviours that are bad for the Earth. For example, an increase in remote working automatically means a decrease in cars on the roads. Living sustainably wasn’t the main reason for a lot of us to start working from home, but it was certainly a nice side effect. That’s right, our carbon footprints were reduced to a small patter across the ground during those lockdown months. We weren’t driving to work or even taking public transport, and the environment noticed.

Now that many people are back in offices our non sustainable energy usage has risen, but the number of people that have continued to work from home is higher than the figure pre pandemic. There are many reasons for this, including the many benefits working from home can bring, but there are ways to continue to work from home sustainably. We will now tell you about how Flexispot can encourage you to be sustainable at home and mindful of your working practices going forward.

Eco-Friendly Office Supplies For Your Home Office

One of the biggest killers of sustainability in the workplace is the dependence on plastic. Not just plastic, but non-recyclable products in general. Usually, it’s cheaper to buy these non recyclable products that harm the environment, but the extra is well worth it both for your conscience and for your new sustainable lifestyle.

When we say office supplies, don’t limit that to simply sustainable and biodegradable pens, but think about everything you use in the office. Plastic bottles, why not just have one that you can refill? Even then, you’re working from home, so you don’t even need to use plastic cups at all! Think about going paperless; the world’s going paperless anyway, so why don’t you? There are notes apps on your computer, on your phone, and it’s much quicker to type than to write, so why even use a notebook? Even if it’s biodegradable, it’s still made by cutting down trees. You could also look at eco-friendly cleaning products, as you’ll need to keep your home office, and home in general, free from dirt. There’s really no limit to the sustainable products you could be using.

Be Mindful

Mindfulness and sustainability are inextricably linked. And simply by being more mindful of things not only in your environment but in your own home, your energy usage will decrease and you’ll actually save yourself money.

With energy prices becoming a little bit of a joke recently, now is the time more than ever to actually think about what you’re using, because it’s turning into both a major financial and environmental problem. More than half of our household fuel bills are simply heating and hot water, and most of the time we’re not even consciously using these services.

It’s time to use timers and adjustable room thermostats to ensure that you are only heating areas of the home that you actually want to be heated. Sitting in your office all day uses a lot of electrical energy on its own, so you need to be mindful of your overall energy use just to keep down the cost. Simply using a small portable heater by your feet while working from home and switching off the central heating can both warm up your office space and do wonders for your energy bill.

Proper Office Furniture

What is the point of office furniture if you have to replace it often? Whether it starts breaking or you actually don’t feel comfortable working in the chair you have, either way it ends up on the scrap heap. You need to be comfortable when you work and you need something that’s going to last, that won’t need replacing. There are two big solutions to this, and they are both ones we can help you with.

Ergonomic Chairs and Standing Desks have been scientifically proven to have long term health benefits in terms of your cardiovascular health, stress levels, minor aches and pains and heart disease. They are active and sustainable ways to work from home, not have to pay to replace them and increase your longevity on this planet. So how can we help?

How Flexispot Can Help

If you’re looking to enhance your productivity, sustain both your mental and physical health and create a cool new workspace, why not look around our online store and see how we can make your dreams a reality.

Or if you want to learn more about our products and how they can help you reach your professional goals, please speak to us and we’d be happy to help.