We all know we should be reducing our footprint on the world and around the home. Consider your home office a great place to start with these ideas.
Lets start with your choice of desk. Do you really need to buy a brand new desk? Often a re-purposed dining table can add more character and style to your home office than a specific office table. Look around at second hand or antique stores and keep an eye out for tables online that may only need a little sanding and staining to give them a new lease of life. If you do decide to purchase new, choose sustainable timbers such as bamboo, beech or pine and steer clear of rainforest hardwoods that may less ethical sources.
Add some plants to your space to lift your mood, purify the air of chemicals and generally give a more welcoming vibe to your office. Better still, consider adding an outdoor area or access to a garden to your office if you can. This will involve a little more work, but the end result will well worth it as natural light and fresh air flooding in will help you work much more efficiently. Look for quality bifold doors such as those made by Brio to let you really enjoy the outdoors when weather permits. Installing an insect screen from Brio will also let you enjoy fresh air but keep those annoying insects at bay and keep you working without distractions.
Switching off electronic devices is key to reducing power consumption. You really need to switch the power off at the wall as most devices still use significant power when in standby mode. Reducing your e-waste should also be high on your agenda. In the developed world we create over fifty million tonnes of e-waste each year which is a staggering figure. To reduce your need for new products, look after your computer and devices. Keep them clean and up to date to ensure they last longer than the average of two years.
These days it’s pretty easy to go pretty much paperless in the office. There is really no excuse not to digitise your files, they are easier to find and creates no clutter. Next time you are about to print something, check if you really need to print it. Also consider cutting back on hardcopy editions of newspapers or journals and instead subscribe to the digital versions.