There are so many simple ways to make your home more environmentally friendly. Therefore, there are bound to be plenty of ways to make your home office more sustainable. If you are looking to optimize the sustainability of your home and want to start or finish with your home office, here are some tips.
A great way to incorporate environmentally-friendly pieces in your home office is by using natural elements such as wood, stone, and greenery. For instance, a desk chair made from natural wood will help you incorporate sustainable living into your workspace. Or, have a natural stone-made floor as opposed to a plastic-infused carpet is a better way to decorate your office without using non-natural materials.
The home office isn’t set to be the most sustainable room in the home due to the use of technology and electricity. Therefore, where possible it is best to use energy-saving switches and devices. These will consume less energy, which will also make your energy bill cheaper. These will run for longer without needing to be charged.
Another great way to make your devices and electricals more sustainable is by using smart switches. These will turn off when put on a timer, which will result in your office using no electricity when not in use.
Use natural lighting
If you work evenings, then you can’t really use natural light to work in. However, when you work during the daytime, try to use as much natural light as possible without switching the lights on.
Natural light helps to stimulate the brain, which will actually help you stay focused for longer. Position yourself near a window to stay focused and make your home office more sustainable.
If you manage documents, then you will want to consider going digital/paperless. It will actually make your life much easier and storing data on the computer will mean that you can access it from one place, instead of spending hours trying to find it. Using less paper means that you will contribute less to recycling and household waste.
Speaking of recycling, it is a must to recycle properly throughout your home. Aside from the kitchen, the home office might be the one place that you recycle the most from. Letters, paperwork, and other materials might need to be recycled on a daily basis.
It is handy to have a dedicated waste and a dedicated recycling bin by your side in your office so that you can recycle all day from the comfort of your desk.
Adding plants to your home office will not only help it look fresher, but it will also help improve the air quality. This will reduce the need for air filters, which are often made from plastic.
Plants that improve air quality include:
- Peace lilies
- Aloe vera
- Boston fern
- Snake plants
Add these to your desk or the window so that they receive enough light and also enough attention. Some plants might not need much care but ensure to look after them to maintain their quality and purpose.
Photography by Annie Spratt