Remote Work Environmental Benefits
With the pandemic introduced to the world in the beginning of 2020, many employees are required to transition to the work-from-home environment to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus.
For many Americans, working from home is a new experience and has offered many great benefits. Some of these benefits include an improved work-life balance, a comfortable environment for increased work efficiency, and having the ability to be consumed with more things in life outside of work.
While these benefits are a big win for many individuals in the ongoing pandemic era, the world is also seeing improved environmental benefits as a result of the work-from-home phenomenon. If you noticed that your life and the life of those around you have improved from this change of work environment, then rest assured that you are also indirectly contributing to a better environment. Here are some bigger-than-oneself benefits of working from home:
Commuting has seen a drastic reduction with companies now requiring their employees to work from home. Workers are able to use their vehicles less and transfer their commute time (average ~30 minute one-way) for use in their home office. With reduced numbers of vehicles on the road, it becomes a 3-way win for the individual who desires work-life balance, the company who can pride itself as eco-friendly, and the environment for having reduced pollutions.
Reduced Plastic Usage
Being in the office means using more plastic for a variety of disposable items like cups, lids, and straws in the pantry. Working from home takes away the need for these disposables, as well as reducing the likelihood of an individual intentionally going out to get coffee at a cafe where plastic is used on most menu items. To practice being eco-friendly at home, the easiest way is to use reusable items made from sustainable materials (non-plastic) to reduce unnecessary waste. In particular to enjoying coffee at home in the greenest way possible, we wrote a how-to in a previous blog post which you can read here to learn more.
Reduced Power Consumption
With many offices now vacant and some even fully transitioned to a work-from-home company, power consumption have also reduced due to remote working. The decreased electricity usage in offices might mean an increase of such in the home setting, but that issue could also be addressed by developing eco-friendly habits to have lights switched off when not in use.
More Eco-Friendly Opportunities
With the convenience of being at home for most of the time, individuals who work remote might find themselves with more opportunities to develop eco-friendly habits. For those with access to a backyard, that might mean being able to grow food instead of purchasing from the market — which often contains more pesticide and are less fresh when compared to the harvests from backyard gardens. Being at home also means developing healthier diets, given that there are more opportunities now than the limited options (often fast-food) that were available near office proximity.
With more time spent at home, most people will try to set up a surrounding that is comfortable in order to work longer and more efficiently. That might mean having suitable home decors that enhances the atmosphere and offers practical usability to create an environment that surpasses the comfort of that in the actual office setting.
At Nine Element, we offer a galore of natural, stylish, and eco-friendly home decors that can make working from home as enjoyable as possible. From bedroom to the kitchen, our selection of essentials are guaranteed to be practical and suitable for any home that wishes to see an healthy and attractive upgrade. Click here to start browsing!