A Guide on How to Setup Your Green Home Office

What is a green home office?

Green home office
  • Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources
  • Use of renewable energy, such as solar energy
  • Pollution and waste reduction measures, and the enabling of re-use and recycling
  • Good indoor environmental air quality
  • Use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical, and sustainable
  • Consideration of the environment in design, construction, and operation
  • Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction, and operation
  • A design that enables adaptation to a changing environment

Fifty shades of green

Fifty shades of green

Succulents and Cacti

Orchids

Floor Plants

Find Your Light

find your light
  • Zebra Plant (Haworthia Fasciata) — This succulent doesn’t need much natural light to thrive and only needs to be watered roughly every two weeks. Its compact size makes for the perfect desk top plant.
  • Echeveria — Echeverias are among the most common and popular succulents. Only some varieties of Echeverias do really well in environments with low natural light, so make sure you select the correct varietal for your low lit home office. Like the majority of succulents, Echeverias need very little watering and its compact size makes for the perfect desk top plant.
  • English Ivy (Hedera Helix) — This trailing plant is highly decorative thanks to its ornate two-tone foliage, and thrives in low natural light environments. It does require to dry out thoroughly between waterings so avoid over watering.
  • Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) — This plant does exceptionally well with just a small amount of soil, needs only a little natural light, and requires little moisture around its roots. Staghorn ferns are known for their unique pronged leaves that are wildly angular and make a visual statement.
  • Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata) — This is a relatively large plant that thrives in all lighting conditions. It does require to dry out thoroughly between waterings so avoid over watering. Snake plants are well known for their terrific air purifying qualities.
  • ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas) — If you buy this plant in a smaller size be warned, the ZZ plant grows fast! This plant requires very little light so even if your home office has no windows, your plant should be fine. ZZ plants do require regular watering, but otherwise are very easy to care for.
  • Living Stone (Lithops) — This cute little succulent thrives in full sunlight and requires minimal watering. The unique geometric baubly stems, and its compact size makes the Living Stone plant a hugely popular and attractive option to display on your office desk top.
  • String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus) — This trailing succulent is a truly unique and charming plant. It loves the sun and can easily survive lots of direct sunlight with very little water. They usually only need to be watered every two to three weeks, and just once a month during winter. The true fantasy and drama of this plant can be enjoyed when utilized as a hanging plant hung from the ceiling, perched on a high shelf or window sill, or beautifully draped at the edge of your work desk.
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata) — Depending on the size of your pot, this plant can grow into a full sized tree! Super easy to care for, just keep in mind that Fiddle Leaf Fig plants like to be positioned beside large windows with lots of bright light. They DO NOT enjoy being moved around! Water only once a week or less, depending on the environment of your home office.
  • Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) — This popular indoor plant ranges from small to medium size. Rubber plants grow quite fast and require plenty of bright light. Rubber plants need to dry out thoroughly between waterings so avoid over watering.

5 ways to make your office more eco-friendly

REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, REFUSE

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, REFUSE
  • Reduce: Do you really need disposable cups and straws at home? Are you drinking out of a single use plastic water bottle? Single use items are one of the biggest contributors to global waste.
  • Reuse: Can you use the other side of used sheets of paper instead of throwing them into the recycle bin? Have a paper storage container that is easy to access. Unless they are important documents that require shredding or other methods of disposal, toss old papers into your designated storage container. That way the paper can either be used for printing on again, or writing down notes rather than going into the garbage.
  • Recycle: One of the easiest steps your office can take to being more environmentally friendly is by recycling. Many materials commonly used at the workplace can go into the recycling bin rather than the trash. Even electronics that you don’t use anymore can get recycled or repurposed. And a sealed compost container in your kitchen is a great eco-friendly solution for food scraps.
  • Refuse: Simply put, don’t buy stuff you don’t need. When you do make a necessary purchase, bring your own shopping bags where possible instead of the usual store supplied plastic bags.

AIM FOR A PAPERLESS OFFICE

USE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OFFICE PRODUCTS

USE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OFFICE PRODUCTS

MAKE ECO-FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES

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