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Were you caught up thinking whether your day-to-day actions are good for the environment and society? Well, perhaps you may have ditched the meat and become vegetarian or stopped shopping during Black Friday…!
Congrats, because you already reduced your negative footprint by 50%. Well, one way or another, today’s generation's mission is to live a healthier life while adapting to fast-changing environments.
Perhaps you are a sport/NFT enthusiast who is working for an emerging tech start-up or you are just looking for a new private office space that focuses on their sustainability mission.
Whoever you are, this blog aims to show you why you should invest in your workspace or the office you work in to become a sustainable office space.
Did you know that the built environment, such as buildings and other human-made structures, uses almost 50% of the materials extracted on a global scale every year and significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions? This may sound alarming but every great challenge can be a great opportunity too.
Different actors across the built environment sector from real estate developers to product manufacturers can redesign the sector’s nature and utilize circular economy principles.
The building environment is an extremely complex industry and won’t go into that much detail but did you know that the actual building materials account for 20% of global CO2 emissions?
Architects and interior designers are in a position of great power by embracing these principles to lead forward in a new innovative and sustainable way.
To minimize further damage to our planet, we as a society have to act and do what’s in our power.
Moving on to the sustainable architecture and interior design industry, the designer's role is to aim to minimize these negative impacts in their designs by applying sustainable/regenerative approaches and circular design principles.
Many people get shut off as in general, sustainable furniture, that is fairly produced and designed locally, tends to be - generally speaking - more expensive. We totally understand the fact that you simply cannot go over the budget and that’s that, period.
However, all of these points may seem more expensive for the moment, but in the long run, it will cut down expenses and reduce the carbon footprint.
Initiate the change, get informed, seek more information and inspire. Simply, you can start by encouraging your co-workers to recycle in the office, ask your office manager to install recycling bins, and maybe add compost as well. This can help reduce the amount of waste produced by your office…instantly!
Instead of printing documents, opt for digital. Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products, choose reusable kitchen items such as lunch boxes and water bottles and be mindful of your water and light consumption.
When it comes to the actual office design, it is easier than you think - if you have the knowledge and demand. That’s why we propose a few visual inspirational ideas on current workspace design trends when designing sustainable office space.
Demand furniture pieces and brands that are:
It might sound bold, but working in a sustainable space is a new norm for modern companies. Overall, sustainability in interior design and architecture is about creating spaces that are not only beautiful and functional but also environmentally responsible. By incorporating eco-friendly materials and technologies, and designing for the long term, interior designers and architects can help to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment, while also creating healthier and more comfortable spaces for the people who use them.
To conclude, first educate yourself and your employees. Simply, organize a workshop, join an educational webinar, and make your team feel involved as every little improvement counts. Empower your team and be an example!
Make it fun and ask your team members to learn about their overall carbon footprint. Indeed every little change in your lifestyle makes a huge difference - it’s like a domino effect. . .
The way how your working station is designed can truly be a changemaker for your business and can result in the overall well-being of you and your employees.
If you are part of a growing company, a startup that is ready to scale, or simply just need some help to get started with a revamp of your office space on this journey. If your team desires conscious office design then submit your project details and the Upscale team will help you set your office space based on your needs and sustainability requirements.
PS - Our team offers exceptional discounts for purpose-driven companies and is open to collaborations with purpose-driven businesses.
In the end, it’s no longer about ‘do no significant harm’, it’s about doing good. There is no planet B.