A Guide to a Zero Waste Workplace

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No, that rhyme in the title wasn’t intentional...which makes it maybe even better, right?😆

Whelp, if we are living in a way that is a part of “normal society”, then we probably need to be making money. And usually we’ll do this by working a certain amount every week or month.

Unless you have one of those 🌳money trees...in which case, how much for a seed or two?

We spend a lot of time working, whether that be to pay the bills or to pursue our passions. Because of this, the workplace...or even just our work space, is a good place to make sure we are staying as zero waste as possible.

The more time we spend doing something, the more opportunity we have to make an impact. Good or bad.

Staying zero waste while working remote (cafe edition)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mean, it’s kind of funny because as of writing this article there are several opportunities to make a good or bad decision for the environment. AKA: one with a greater footprint, or lesser one.

Because LastObject’s team is one that is naturally remote, today's work space is actually in a coffee shop.

And with more and more companies switching to remote work, especially with a big nudge by the 🦠coronavirus, it’s important we pay attention to our waste during remote work too.

So how does one stay zero waste while working remote like this, especially with all the drinks, treats, and snacks? Or more specifically, the waste that can come along with those things like single use cups, plates, cutlery, napkins, etc.

Let’s think about what we’ll need while working at a cafe: we’ll need some water for sure, and we’ll also need to purchase some sort of drink or snack in order to claim some work space. WiFi ain’t free y’all.

Pay attention to what the cafe offers in reusable and zero waste versions, this could allow you to bring less with you if they already have it.

Assuming a cafe has nothing reusable, you may need to bring:

  • A water bottle
  • A cutlery set
  • A coffee cup, mug, or thermos
  • LastTissue (instead of napkins)
  • A plate (woah, what a statement)

Working from home


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

👨‍💻And with remote work comes the option of working from home too, or maybe you run a business of some sort out of your house. That’s pretty cool!

Well, this one's rather self explanatory, because it’s really about creating a zero waste home whether it be the kitchen, bathroom, etc. Plus, you probably already have reusable options at home like forks and knives, plates, glasses for water, and cups for other drinks.

That being said, there could still be room for improvement in the home, like turning away from bottled water or napkins for example.

Working from an office (separate from your home)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The classic office. Maybe it's in a cubicle, or you have your own room, or maybe it’s sharing a table with other members of your team. 🏢The office can get tricky since we are away from the conveniences of our reusable items at home, while also being away from reusable items at cafes and what not.

That being said, it’s really the same list as above in the cafe section, if the cafe didn’t have any reusable options. Since it’s more common for office buildings to not have these options, we may be pulling from the list more often.

There are also some more opportunities to create less waste in the office. A good example is using paper: does this really need to be printed, or can it be saved digitally? 📄Do we need a sticky note, or a reminder on our phone instead? Can we send something over email instead of printed or written?

On a company wide scale, this could not only help the planet, but also a businesses’ wallet as well.

See why you're in the best place to make your company more green


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As per usual, it comes down to planning ahead. If you’re going to some place where the only option for food is a bunch of packaged junk, maybe pack a 🥪sandwich or something in a reusable container instead. That’s healthier and cheaper too!

The more on the go we are, or the more we are removed from places with convenient reusable options, the more we have to pay attention to the waste we are generating. This way we can course correct and start planning better for a life with less waste. 🌿