Being a freelancer has many benefits. When you work for yourself, you have the opportunity to manage your own schedule, freely organize your workspace, and finally have full control over the (at-home) office thermostat.
But while working from home inevitably means curbing carbon emissions by minimizing your wardrobe and negating your daily commute, there are plenty of other places where bad eco habits can rear their dirty heads. Here are five smart-yet-simple ways you can make your home working environment environmentally sustainable.
Choose your office supplies wisely.
When you’re used to working in a company office, it can be easy to take advantage of the seemingly endless supply of stationary. You don’t realize how much you waste (and how little equipment you actually need) until you go freelance and it becomes your responsibility to stock up. Only then — when you’re trying not to go broke on office supplies — do you realize how much waste there really is in offices. In fact, data suggests that the average office worker tears through 10,000 sheets of paper every year. Yikes.