Swapping certain products and practices for eco alternatives is one of the best ways to make your workspace more eco friendly.
So what exactly should you be swapping?
Here’s a list of 4 easy suggestions to help you create an eco friendly workspace:
- Swap Plastic Food Items
- Swap Plastic Stationery Items
- Use Digital Tools
- Consider Remote Working
1- Plastic Food Items
Plastic items that can be swapped in your workplace may depend on the nature of your workplace. Luckily, sustainable cutlery and other food related paraphernalia are some of the most widely available reusable and eco friendly products on the market.
Disposable plastic cups can easily be swapped for those made of glass, stainless steel, or even wood, or, at the very least, for reusable plastic cups.
Plastic lunch boxes and containers can also easily be replaced for those made of more eco friendly materials.
Did you know that equally efficient, eco friendly wraps made from cotton and beeswax could be used instead of cling film?
2- Plastic Stationery Items
Have a look around your workspace. What stationery can you see that’s made of plastic? Or, more to the point, what items of stationery can you see that aren’t made of plastic?
The chances are you may have spotted a few wooden pens, but these are likely to amount to almost all the stationery within your view that’s not made from plastic, and even pencils are likely to be vastly outnumbered by disposable plastic pens.
There’s good news though: the hordes of plastic stationery found throughout the typical office can be swapped for more eco friendly alternatives in almost their entirety.
Steel and wooden rulers are widely available, plastic hole punchers and staplers can be swapped for those made from metals and wooden stationary containers and fabric pencil cases are easy to come by. Also, try using paper clips where possible instead of sticky tape.
Pens are a little trickier. Pens made from non-plastic materials tend to be pricey. But even buying refillable plastic pens in place of throwaway biros will ensure that the quantity of waste plastic you’re producing will be significantly reduced.
Where possible, using pencils instead of pens is another a great option. And if you want to take the eco credentials of your pencils one step further, choose eco friendly pencils from recycled materials.
3- Digital Swaps
The digital age is well and truly upon us. But, surprisingly, the benefits that digital technology offer are rarely utilised to their full advantage. It’s amazing how many of us still use paper unnecessarily for jobs that can be done much more easily on digital devices. Knowledge of some good apps can help reduce waste and make work life in general a whole lot easier.
Ranked by The Verge as the worlds best to do list. Do you still start your days and weeks by writing out long, physical lists of tasks and errands?
Todist provides a neat digital place for your to do lists as well as offering task reminders, the option to delegate tasks to other members of your team and overviews of productivity – doing away with unnecessary paper usage in the process.
Why print documents to share with colleagues when Quip can be used to view and edit digital document, and for that matter, task lists and spread sheets too, all in one place? This app also integrates a chat function, and can therefore be used to share thoughts on collaborative work, wherever your team members happen to be.
This app doesn’t provide an eco friendly swap in itself. What it does provide is a huge bank of information detailing the health, eco, and social impacts of 75,000 common products. GoodGuide can help you gain a much clearer picture of which products are eco friendly, and which are less so.
4- Remote Working
Working remotely is one of the advantages that the Internet has brought to the contemporary world of work. A huge range of tasks that once required employees to be present in their workplaces can now be completed wherever there’s a computer with Internet access and then emailed across.
Remote working has been shown to increase productivity, as well as cut environmental damage by removing the need for emission producing commutes.
Hope this article has provided you with some useful insights and has inspired you to make changes towards having a more eco friendly workspace.