Tips For A Greener Working Space

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Do you think your workspace is green enough? Whether you work from home, in an office or a shared co-working space, we could (and should!) all be doing our bit to help the environment. In a recent survey carried out by seareach , they found out what makes your workspace green and which elements play an important part towards an improved workspace.

  1. Paperless – Work is stored digitally 20%
  2. Labeled waste bins – Suitable for recycling 18%
  3. Solar panels for electricity 14%
  4. LED bulbs – Use less energy and more efficient 12%
  5. Green heating 9%
  6. Reusable bottles 7%
  7. Bike facilities 6%
  8. Electric car charging points 6%
  9. Motion-triggered lights 5%
  10. Plants and natural light 3

Speaking about the study, Stuart Jailler at Seareach commented:

Books and notebooks stacked to the left on a desk space, with a stapler and glasses next to them

“As you can see from our list, there are various ways we can all help the environment. By contributing little by little every day, we all can do our part towards creating a healthier environment, reduce the number of waste that we generate and start recycling more.”

He continued:

Interestingly, storing your paperwork digitally came out as favourite from our survey results. Non-essential paperwork, inefficient waste going to landfill and not being recycled and storing your work online, was primed the most important part towards making your working environment green. This was closely followed by clearly labelling your waste bins for recycling.”

The top 10 ways UK offices have gone ‘green’

Around 20% of offices have gone paperless, making a significant effort to reduce their impact on the environment. According to a recent survey, storing your work digitally is the way forward towards making your working space green and healthier for the environment which is something that I have always done, not only is it easier but it means you don’t have piles of paperwork cluttering up your desk and it’s less to tidy up at the end of the day.

Seareach’s tips on how you can make these changes in your workspace

Go paperless – Scan and archive paperwork to help to move completely digital. The more you can store digitally and the less paper you use, the more you will transform your working space into a greener space. There are tons of digital apps that can also help with this, making it something simple you can do straight away.

Label recycling waste bins – Clearly labeling your waste bins will help and encourage everyone to recycle. With clear and concise instructions, it makes it easier for everyone to follow. This is an essential tip if you work in an office or co-working space.

Solar panels for electricity – Enable you to have lighting and run lower power appliances. The photovoltaic cells use the sun’s energy to provide a green renewable energy source.

Installing LED bulbs – The energy consumption of LED lights can be up to a 75% saving, compared to halogen bulbs. This results in much less energy required and is a cost-effective effort towards your workspace running costs. LED Light Bulbs also tend to be cheaper too.

A white brick office space with green plants and a mustard office chair at the side
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Green heating – The cheapest source for heating and is very efficient. Easy & cheap to install and performs well.

Reusable water bottle(s) – Bring in your own water bottle that can be refilled wherever you are. From this, you’ll reduce the number of discarded plastic bottles but it doesn’t stop there, use mugs/glasses instead of throwaway ones and invest in a reusable takeaway cup if you’re a fan of coffee shops. Most places will also give you a discount for bringing in your own cup!

Bike facilities – I’ve very lucky that I don’t currently have a commute, but when I did, I was fortunate enough to be able to walk to work. Obviously, this isn’t accessible for everyone but even just providing a bike rack can encourage cycling to work, cutting down pollution and helping with general health and fitness. The benefits from cycling are endless and even just cycling once or twice a week would make a massive difference not only to your health but to the environment too.

Electric car charging points – Electric cars provide more energy efficiency up to 85-90%, over ICE (Internal Combustion Engines). These are overall much greener and don’t require expensive fossil fuels in order to operate.

Motion-detection lights – Having these all-around communal areas helps improves energy efficiency. These can be ideal in seldom-used rooms or shared rooms, such as small meeting rooms. This will save energy if people are in and out and often forget to turn off the lights.

Plants and natural light – Having plants in your workspace will aesthetically soften the work areas that are a little bit less than desired and can help oxygenate too. There’s nothing nicer to brighten up a workspace than a couple of plants and they give a bit of life to the area too.

Have you followed any of these tips to make your workspace greener? What are some tips that you have for a greener working space?

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