How to become more sustainable at home and in the workplace

HanaTech

4th April 2022

Becoming more sustainable is a hot topic for 2022, for rather important reasons. One of the reasons is the UK’s target of achieving Net Zero by 2050, which you can read about here. It may seem like a while away, but it’s going to take all of our efforts to achieve this goal by becoming more sustainable at home and work. But what does it mean to become more ‘sustainable’?

Sustainable Meaning:

sustainable/səˈsteɪnəb(ə)l/adjectiveadjective: sustainable

1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” sustainable economic growth”

  • conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.” our fundamental commitment to sustainable development
  • 2. able to be upheld or defended.” sustainable definitions of good educational practice”

Oxford Dictionary

Sustainability doesn’t only refer to preserving our environment, but to review the way we work in our every day lives. Reviewing processes and adjusting to be more efficient in the long run, is providing sustainability to work for example. But for now, let’s go into more detail of what it means to become more sustainable.

It means to make change for the long term – but each little thing you change can make an impact, every little helps as Tesco says. Whether this is in your home life, or work life. It’s important to look at every area and think, “What can we do to become more sustainable?” Why is it so important you may ask? Well every decision we make will affect new generations, your children, your grandchildren and so on. There are 3 pillars of Sustainability*:

Environment

Ecological integrity is maintained, all of earth’s environmental systems are kept in balance while natural resources within them are consumed by humans at a rate where they are able to replenish themselves.

Economy

Human communities across the globe are able to maintain their independence and have access to the resources that they require, financial and other, to meet their needs. Economic systems are intact and activities are available to everyone, such as secure sources of livelihood.

Society

Universal human rights and basic necessities are attainable by all people, who have access to enough resources in order to keep their families and communities healthy and secure. Healthy communities have just leaders who ensure personal, labour and cultural rights are respected and all people are protected from discrimination.

Source: mcgill.ca

Here are a few resources where you can look further on the definition of sustainability:

McGill.ca – What is Sustainability?
Youmatter.world – Sustainability – What Is It?

Gov.uk – Sustainability Plan

Now that we have the meaning uncovered, let’s look at how we can become more sustainable at home…

Sustainability at Home, how do we achieve this?

There are many ways to become more sustainable at home and it starts with an action plan. The home is always the best place to tackle first, so let’s get into some actions to take:

Reduce Waste

It may seem difficult at first, but there are many ways you can reduce your waste and maybe even become waste free! You can reduce your waste by:

– Meal planning and eating leftovers
– Replacing single use plastics and other materials with reusable items
– Recycle as much as you can (we will go into more detail next)
– Turn food waste into compost – great for your gardens!
– Buy second hand, or only buy when it’s absolutely necessary
– Avoid fast fashion business as they are known for their excessive amounts of waste

See this great blog on 30 easy ways to reduce your waste

Energy Usage

Watching your energy usage not only helps you become more sustainable, but can save you money which right now is necessary! Here are some energy efficiency tips:

– Draught-proof your homes: this has been proven to be a cost effective way to save energy usage!
– Switch out your light bulbs to energy savers
– Watch your energy usage by having a smart meter
– Wash your clothes less frequently and at a lower temperature
– Invest in double glazing
– Use efficient appliances – look for the labels with show A+++ green on them!
– Turn down your heating when possible or use a smart thermostat
– Take a look at these energy saving tips by Moneysupermarket.

Read the rest of this here

How to become sustainable in the Workplace

Apart from doing the above in the workplace, there are other ways to become more sustainable in which you may not have thought about, depending on your job role of course. There are people who work on creating more sustainable environments such as business development managers and more. But it takes more than just 1 staff member to create action plans to make sustainable change in the workplace, it needs team participation and some change management. So how can we become more sustainable in the workplace?

Reviewing your end-to-end processes and innovating with digitisation

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