Businesses across the globe are taking active steps to become more sustainable. As of this year, Starbucks has eliminated plastic straws from stores worldwide to reduce environmental plastic pollution.
As globally-known as Starbucks is, it’s equally important to note that businesses of all shapes and sizes, including freelancers and the entire remote workforce can be more sustainable by implementing small changes.
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The possibilities of incorporating sustainability into your business as a remote worker are endless. Below, we’ve highlighted 3-simple steps you can take towards being more sustainable:
Cut the commute
For many people, the commute to and from work is just part of daily life. However, according to a study done by the BBC, the transport sector is now responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases than any other, including electricity production and agriculture.
Neighbourhood coworking spaces are the perfect solution to help more people ditch their commute. With more people working remotely, less people will need to commute into the city - also cutting excess real estate and energy usage, ultimately reducing the need for new construction as well as minimizing the environmental costs of relocation.
According to a study done by Instantprint, more than a quarter of UK adults (27%) have saved up to an hour a day since they’ve not been commuting due to Covid-19 Ditch the commute and work locally, or alternatively, put your trainers on and get some exercise.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
When you step outside of the office-setting, paper cups in the kitchen become a thing of the past. Additionally, thanks to modern document sharing technologies such as Dropbox and Slack, there is less need for printing and photocopying paper to distribute it for in-person-meetings.
Remote workers further possess more personal freedom to choose recycled and environmentally friendly material for their daily work. We especially love the Hydro Flask coffee cup with a sipping lid made out of BPA-free materials. It comes in a range of fun colours -- see for yourself here.
Who ever said you can’t have any fun while being sustainable? You can make ‘going green’ into a game or competition across your remote team. Challenging each department to decrease their footprint through recycling and more conscious energy use.
Departments with the lowest electricity usage in a quarter might earn a special lunch. It’s a win-win!
Environmental awareness must be an ongoing commitment if you want to truly make a positive impact on the planet, for both yourself and future generations. Stick with these positive practices for the long term and watch your environmental footprint decrease.