With many people starting to return to the office more frequently, now is the perfect time to rethink old habits and find new ways to make your working day more environmentally friendly.

With this in mind, Unblocktober has shared some of their tips and tricks for bringing about positive environmental change during your working day - both for yourself and your colleagues.

Go paperless where you can 

After nearly two years working from home, it might be easy to fall back into old habits when returning to the office but reducing the amount you print is an easy change that can have a huge impact.

Digital presentations and email communication make it easier than ever to work from your laptop and keep your records digitally. By reducing the amount of paper your office consumes, you are taking a small step towards helping to fight deforestation - really, it’s that simple.

Rethink your takeaway coffee 

If you get a takeaway coffee on your way to work, have you considered investing in a reusable coffee cup?

While it takes a little bit of organisation and forward planning, this small change alone could help to massively reduce the amount of plastic waste being produced. Over the course of a year, you could prevent over 200 plastic coffee cups from being sent to landfills.

Start bringing your lunch to the office 

After so long working from home, you might be tempted to nip into your favourite shop or cafe to grab some lunch to go. 

Not only is this an expensive habit but it adds to the broader problem of packaging waste. By providing your own lunch, along with a refillable bottle or flask, to quench your thirst, you can avoid adding to the broader problem of packaging waste, while saving yourself a bit of money every day.

Educate your colleagues

One of the biggest challenges we face when it comes to being more environmentally friendly is a lack of awareness and education. The reality is, that many people are generally unaware of how easy it can be to adopt more sustainable habits. 

By championing small changes, like turning off lights when meeting rooms aren’t in use, not disposing of oil and food down the drain, or encouraging your team to recycle, you can start to reduce the environmental impact your office is having. 

This doesn’t have to be a big commitment or detract from your working day. Why not simply share this blog over email or ask if you could put up a sign reminding people to take the time to split out their recycling? 

At Unblocktober, we work with businesses of every size to help their employees incorporate more sustainable habits into their day-to-day working lives. 

Shop sustainably 

While we wouldn’t suggest going out and buying a whole new wardrobe for work - it is inevitable that you will need to refresh your wardrobe at some point. 

Consider shopping secondhand to reduce your environmental impact, whether you visit a local charity shop or shop pre-loved online, you can be confident that your actions will not only be giving clothing a second lease of life but also helping combat some of the issues associated with fast fashion. 

If you do need to shop new, consider visiting local independent stores or choosing an environmentally-friendly brand. 

When it is time to update your phone and you are looking for your next case, why not choose a biodegradable case by Wave? We love the brand’s commitment to helping fight plastic pollution and are delighted to have their support for our campaign.

October 25, 2021 — Wave Case
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