Home offices have become our reality. Most of us have a home office or some dedicated office space in our homes. By now, we got used to working from these spaces, so that means that is finally time to make them more beautiful and greener, if possible.
The concept of greener offices was a hot topic before the outbreak of the pandemic. Once the pandemic happened, most of us had to work from home and green offices were forgotten.
Now is the perfect time to revisit that topic and try and make our home offices eco-friendly. Before we tell you all the tips, let’s see what are the benefits of creating an eco-friendly office.
The benefits of an eco-friendly home office
For the great part the idea behind greener offices, even home offices, is to help our planet. By creating a greener office, you’re doing your part in preserving and protecting your environment.
The other benefits of an eco-friendly working environment have to do with improving your health and productivity at work. It’s been proven that an eco-friendly work environment can increase your productivity, boost your cognitive thinking, improve sleep and reduce health issues.
Whit all of these benefits, who wouldn’t want to have a beautiful, green office. So, without further ado, here are some tips on how to create a beautiful and eco-friendly home office that you’ll enjoy working from.
- Make use of natural light
If you can, try to make the most of natural light. Open up all windows, remove blinds and try positioning your desk in front of the window.
By using more natural light, not only will you be reducing energy bills but your performance at work will improve significantly. Natural light is said to improve well-being, mood, vitamin D levels, and productivity. Not to mention that your sleep will also improve.
Also, try painting or decorating your office or designated office space with light colors and reflecting surfaces. Mirrors reflect light, making any space seem bigger and brighter. Decorating with light colors and adding light color furniture will also make your home office seem brighter and larger.
In case, your home office lacks natural light, we suggest taking outside breaks more frequently to get some much-needed vitamin D.
- Use energy-saving devices
An energy-saving device is any product designed to cut down on the amount of power we use. The first and the easiest way to create an energy-efficient office in your home is by switching regular light bulbs with LED ones.
LED light bulbs offer the same amount of light as your regular bulb but the main difference is in the energy they use – LED bulbs use up to 40% less energy and they last longer.
In addition to switching to LED bulbs, you can also swap your office equipment with energy-saving computers, monitors, printers, copiers. These devices use less energy to perform regular tasks. Another thing you can do to save energy is to set these devices to enter low-power mode or sleep when you’re not using them.
- Try cutting down on paper usage
Yet another way to make your home office eco-friendly – cut down on paper usage. This shouldn’t be a problem since with all the advancements in technology paper is used less and less.
If you still use paper, try cutting down on it – take notes with your devices such as a tablet, phone, laptop, or anything else that will allow you to get rid of paper. And in case the paper is absolutely necessary for your line of work, try switching to recycled paper.
When you use less paper, you are saving trees. Can you imagine how many trees are cut down for the paper industry? Simply do your part and cut on the paper use and you’ll be saving a tree or two.
The other benefit of using less paper is less printing. Less printing means transferring to digital formats which are safer to use and don’t require any physical space.
Just imagine how effective and easy end of lease cleaning will be when you decide to move. No papers to go through, easier packing and cleaning of the office space.
- Sustainable materials
If you are in the process of making over your office or you are on the verge of doing so, consider using sustainable materials in your new office. We live in a time when going green is actually possible and there is a wide range of sustainable materials to choose from.
For example, if you’re changing your furniture, instead of buying completely new pieces try buying second-hand and upcycling it. This is a great way to reduce waste and to save money.
If you’re thinking about painting your home office – do it with greener paints. Greener paints are made with less toxic materials, so you can be sure that both your health and the environment will be safe.
- Use eco-friendly office supplies
Just like you can decorate and refurbish your office with sustainable materials, you can also use sustainable office supplies. Eco-friendly office supplies and stationery are made of recycled or responsibly made materials.
This means that you can find eco-friendly pencils, pens, paper clips, and even printer cartridges. So, if your goal is to go green, go green all the way!
- Add plants
And the last touch to your already green office should be greenery. Plants and flowers are a perfect way to decorate your office space.
Houseplants, in addition to being a beautiful decoration, are a natural way to purify and improve air quality.
If you feel like you aren’t a person who can take care of plants, try choosing plants that require little maintenance. Those plants include air plants, bamboo, orchids, peace lily, money tree, and many others.
We must also share with you that plants improve mood by reducing stress, boosting concentration, and creating a peaceful environment, ideal for work.
Since you’re trying to create an ideal office at home, there are really no obstacles or limits on what you can do with your space to make it comfortable and eco-friendly. We hope we managed to give you some ideas on how to easily improve the space you work from. Going green is the right way to go!