5 tips for a Zero Waste Office

Updated: Apr 17

Because of the current Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have to work from home. But, how sustainable is your home office? Here I have a few zero waste tips to make the office in your house more eco-friendly. 





Go paperless

Printing stuff is often not required but, if you are like me, you want to write down stuff every once in a while. I seem to remember everything better when I write it down instead of typing. Just the other day I saw a whiteboard notebook which is perfect for me. There are multiple sizes available but an A5 or half-letter size is perfect for me. It fits my bag easily and doesn’t take up too much space on my tiny desk. There are not too many pages but it is perfect for taking notes and making to-do lists. Afterward, you can erase everything so you could use it again. So no paper trash!

If you really need to print anything, opt to go for recycled paper.


Energy-efficient

If your house hasn’t converted from a traditional energy supplier yet, switch to an energy supplier that uses renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy. Solar panels could make your office even more energy neural.

Some smaller energy-saving changes you could make is to change all your standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs. It goes without saying that the light should only be turned on when needed.

A green office

Add one or a few plants to your office. This is not only appealing to the eye, but plants also filter pollutants from the air. Plants not only emit oxygen, but they also emit water vapor which is a great natural way to cool your office. Yes, plants are a natural air conditioner. 



Office supplies

Did you know that in the U.S. 1.6 billion pens are thrown away every year? Opt to go for a reusable pen or pencils. Did you know that there are plantable pencils out there? Once you have used them up, you can plant them and grow your own herb garden. Isn’t that awesome?!

Avoid classic highlighters, these are completely made of plastic. Opt to go for (neon) colored pencils if your need to highlight something.

Go for paper tape as an alternative to sellotape and use a stapleless stapler to remove the need for staples. 

Coffee

If you are still using a cup system to make individual cups of coffee, it is time to consider the several other options out there to make your shots of caffeine more sustainable. Here I have written about several sustainable methods to make a zero-waste cup of coffee. Are you more into tea? Also, your cup of tea has a more sustainable alternative. Go check it out here!

I hope you find this information useful and hope that you can put it into practice. Creating a zero-waste office is not only better for the environment, but it is also better for your physical and mental health.


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