10 Easy Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Home Office

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If you’re searching for ways to make your home office more sustainable, you’ve come to the right place. Your workspace should make you feel comfortable and at peace, and allow you to be your most productive self. With these tools in your belt, you’ll not only be helping the environment, but you’ll be helping yourself out, too!

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10 Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Home Office

While working from home is eco-friendly in essence, there are still some ways to implement sustainable practices and tools to lead a greener lifestyle during your workdays. So, let’s dive right into it: here are some easy ways to create an eco-friendly home office!

1. Go Digital

If you send invoices, do it digitally, if you use business cards, use a digital card, digitalize your inventory control, document management, etc. A whopping 88% of paper cards are tossed out within a week of being received – that’s a whole lot of paper waste. Plus, digital cards offer the added benefits of including interactive links and always having them on you.

2. Choose a Sustainable Office Chair

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There are several high-quality sustainable chairs that are Climate Pledge Friendly, and also offer all of the features you’d expect out of your office chair – and then some. From adjustable backrests and armrests to footrests, and more, these top ergonomic sustainable office chairs offer comfort and incredible lumbar support!

3. Use an Energy Efficient Laptop

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Eco-friendly laptops offer several benefits both to you, and the environment. These laptops will help you reduce your carbon footprint, save money on energy bills, and provide a more enjoyable user experience. Energy-Star-labeled computers use up to 65% less energy than other computers. Check out our post on some of the best energy-efficient laptops here.

4. Eco-Friendly Decluttering Tools for Your Home Office

Even if your business is conducted mainly online, chances are you’ve still got some physical items you need (or like) to keep close to your desk. An addition like this bamboo desktop organizer could add some sustainable functionality to your home office.

5. Use Green Cleaning Products

Keeping your home office decluttered and nice and clean is important for maintaining your productivity – and your sanity. Having physical clutter around us causes brain fog, which can lead to decreased focus, tension, and stress. Aside from your eco-friendly home office organizing products, try to keep some green multipurpose cleaners on hand along with some good microfiber wipes. For computer screens and other screens to wipe off dust and smudges, this screen spray from Better Office Products gets the job done right without harming the environment or your family or pets.

6. Add Some Greenery

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Plants not only liven things up and add a nice decorative touch to your workspace, but they also help to lower carbon emissions, which makes them a great addition to an eco-friendly home office. Bonus: plants also help to reduce stress and boost your energy and creativity!

7. Browse With a Purpose

Tab for a Cause is a free browser extension you add to Chrome that allows you to plant trees from home just by opening new browser tabs! You can choose one of many charities you’d like to support, from sending treats to animals in shelters to planting trees and more. I’ve been using it for years and love it! See more great ways you can help save the world from home in my post here.

8. Get Eco-Friendly Ergonomic Accessories

Ergonomics are crucial for those who spend a lot of time in their workspaces. Sitting down for too long has been proven to be just as bad, if not worse for your health than smoking. Ergonomic office furniture and accessories can help you create an eco-friendly home office that’s sustainable and comfortable. Search for things like footrests, and wobble boards if you use a standing desk.

9. Invest in Solar Panels

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While the initial investment in solar energy may seem pricey, the long-term benefits can outweigh it significantly and extend long beyond resale value. Adding solar panels to your home can reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills by a long shot and give you independence over your power.

10. Recycle Your Electronics

If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance that you already recycle things like plastic and aluminum cans. But what about your old computers and monitors, etc., that no longer work? Now, if they’re still working, you can head over to a site like Decluttr and sell them for some cold, hard, cash. But otherwise, find an e-recycling center in your area where you can drop them off.

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Erika Sellmer is a digital content specialist with a passion for remote work and empathic design.