Small tips and tricks for a sustainable home office

You’ve heard the old adage, “Every little bit helps.” It’s never been truer than when it comes to sustainability. Sometimes it’s not because of all the big efforts we make, but because of these small, often overlooked ways we can work toward a greener lifestyle. With more and more people working from home, maybe it’s time we looked at some of the little home office tips and tricks that can help steadily reduce our carbon footprint over time.

Eco-friendly printing

After taking the time to visit locations such as Lenovo.com, one might think, this is where it ends. Actually you can do even more. Did you know that you can subscribe to ink services from most leading printer manufacturers? The subscriptions are usually based on the number of pages you print per month. The software for the printer communicates with the ink service and when the ink level is low, new cartridges are shipped.

Best of all, you get a return envelope to send your empty cartridge back in for refilling. Instead of adding more to our landfills, these cartridges and eco-tanks can be refilled again and again. Some of these services also ship recycled paper. These are just a few of those little things that will add up over time.

Rechargeable Gizmos and Gadgets

Here’s another thing that many people are unaware of. Out of habit, we plug in our rechargeable devices when battery life is getting low. Unfortunately, if you leave them plugged in after they’re fully charged, they’ll keep drawing a small amount of electricity. It mustn’t add more than a few dollars to your monthly bill. However, if every home office kept their devices plugged in, the wasted electricity would add up. Sometimes it’s money that motivates us, and when you’re not seeing a huge utility bill, you might be overlooking these little things. Disconnect these devices after charging!

A fresh look at these 3 Rs of sustainability

Your children are probably already learning in kindergarten the 3Rs of sustainability. As a parent worried about your child’s future, you applaud this. However, perhaps it’s time that as parents we reconsider those three Rs that are “reduce, reuse, recycle.” We’ve seen two of them filled with printer cartridges. By sending them back for refills, they are recycled and reused.

Perhaps you can think of other small ways you can apply one or more of these three aspects of sustainability. For example, some people use the back of printed pages as notepads to take notes while on the phone. Others save the coffee grounds from their office coffee maker to use on a compost heap. Your office is at home, so why not? Every little thing you can do to avoid waste will make a big contribution to a collective effort. This is sustainability for the home office and a ray of hope for our future.

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