Working From Home Can Save the World
Working remotely or remotely working?
These types of negative thoughts toward the growing remote workforce in the United States are slowly diminishing as companies reap the benefits of letting their people work from home. Now, we hear more about the increase in workforce productivity and cost savings for corporations.
Both are true! If you still don’t buy into it, there’s a funny and informative TED Talk about a two-year science-based study that outlines the advantages. ￼
￼But what’s less discussed are the positive environmental impacts to working from home. There are many and they are so simple for people who work from home, you might not even notice you’re reducing your carbon footprint.
- The most obvious one -- no commute! Gone are the days of sitting in traffic for an hour each way, while your car emits harmful greenhouse gases into the environment. That’s a win for the environment and your sanity!
- Eating food from your own kitchen -- including that produce you just purchased from your local farmers market -- is far more eco-friendly than corporate cafeteria food that’s shipped in from who knows where. Or even worse, getting back in that pollution producing vehicle to go out to eat for lunch!
- While you’re at it, save yourself the $5 and non-recyclable paper cup from your daily coffee run and enjoy a cup of joe at home with your favorite reusable coffee mug. Mother Earth thanks you!
Working from home -- companies spend less money, people are more productive and the planet’s heart beats a little stronger.