Co-working office spaces are growing in popularity for small businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs. The benefits of cost-saving, productivity, efficiency and social interactions are obvious. Alongside personal benefits, co-working
spaces are doing great things for the environment too.
As we’ve become aware of our impact on the environment, we’re beginning to make changes to reduce this. We produce a large amount of waste at work and consume a significant amount of energy each day. A shared workplace environment is a great place to start implementing eco-friendly practices.
1. Shared amenities
The main benefit that coworking has on the environment is shared amenities. Having one set of appliances – kettle, microwave, fridge and printer – shared between offices will reduce energy consumption and produce less waste. With resources provided by your coworking company, your business can save money to be invested elsewhere. Fewer amenities are purchased which means fewer products are manufactured and disposed of.
2. Sustainable technology
Technology can improve the sustainability of your workplace. Most coworking buildings implement technology that can monitor and meter your energy consumption. By gaining data insights into how your technology performs, you can control systems based on your office usage.
For example, motion sensors reduce light consumption when rooms aren’t occupied for a significant amount of time. Automation can control ventilation and air conditioning depending on internal and external temperatures. This not only saves energy consumption but money as well.
3. Eco-friendly resources
Coworking spaces can have a positive influence on office tenants through meaningful details. Providing mugs and travel cups for workers reduces the amount of single-use plastics used inside and outside the building. Cutlery and crockery in kitchens encourages users to make food rather than purchasing convenience products. It’s not all about plastic. Providing electric hand dryers reduces the amount of paper towels used daily. Introducing eco-friendly cleaning products will encourage workers to avoid the dishwasher. Small changes to daily life in the workplace may encourage people to make the same switches at home.
4. Environmental initiatives
Many coworking companies arrange environmental initiatives for their workers. Bike2work is a common one; encouraging people to ditch public transport or cars and cycle to work instead. This reduces pollution and carbon emissions from vehicles. For coworking buildings with coffee shops on-site, some provide discounts for customers that bring a cup. This reduces the amount of cardboard and plastic used when buying hot drinks.
5. Workplace wellbeing
Coworking companies prioritise the wellbeing of workers by providing a supportive and productive environment. Implementing quiet rooms, plants and natural light throughout the building improve mental health. Gym and yoga rooms are a common feature that encourages workers to make healthier lifestyle choices. A coworking space that improves environmental and personal wellbeing is a huge positive for the future of businesses. Changes in the workplace help your business reduce energy consumption and waste.