Top tips to make my workplace more sustainable
You may ask “How do I make my workplace more sustainable?”
Many companies are looking for ways to be more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment. Sustainability is one area that is often overlooked when it comes to workplace interior design and refurbishment. However, with a little bit of thought and effort, it is possible to create beautiful and functional spaces that are also kinder to the planet. Your appointed interior designer, workplace consultant or office fit-out contractor can support with this.
1. Choose sustainable materials
One of the most important things you can do to create an environmentally friendly interior is to choose sustainable materials. This means selecting materials that have been responsibly sourced, are renewable, and have a low environmental impact. Examples include reclaimed wood, cork and bamboo.
2. Use low VOC paints and finishes
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals often found in paints and finishes that can be harmful to the environment. When selecting paints and finishes, look for low or zero VOC options.
3. Incorporate natural light
Natural light is not only good for the environment, but it also has numerous benefits for staff health and well- being. Try to incorporate as much natural light as possible planning your workplace interior design and refurbishment. This can be achieved by using large windows, skylights, and light-coloured walls and flooring.
4. Choose energy-efficient lighting
Lighting is an important aspect of interior design, but it can also be a significant source of energy consumption. Choose LED fittings to reduce your energy usage, which use less energy and have a longer life span than traditional incandescent bulbs.
5. Choose sustainable materials
Instead of buying new furniture, consider upcycling and repurposing items you already have. Desks can be vinyl wrapped or sprayed and chairs can be reupholstered, to give them a refreshed look. There are many suppliers that supply second-hand furniture that offers a cheaper and more sustainable option over buying new. Bespoke manufactured joinery workshops can offer to make furniture out of reclaimed timber. Adopt the ethos ‘reduce, reuse and recycle!’
6. Use plants to purify air
Indoor air quality can have an impact on mood and staff well-being. Incorporating plants into your workplace interior design refurbishment scheme is one way to improve air quality is to. Plants have been shown to purify the air by removing harmful pollutants and toxins.
In conclusion, creating an eco-friendly interior design and refurbishment plan is not only good for the planet, but also for the staff within your workplace.
At Truline we aim to be a sustainable contractor by actively checking environmental credentials of suppliers who are in line with and adopt circular economy principles, considering recycled content and lifecycle carbon cost as part of a whole-life assessment.
TO SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR OFFICE INTERIOR DESIGNERS ABOUT COLLABORATING ON A WORKPLACE OFFICE FIT OUT IN MANCHESTER AND THE NORTH WEST PLEASE CALL TRULINE CONSTRUCTION & INTERIOR SERVICES ON 01942 227333 OR EMAIL INFO@TRULINE-CIS.CO.UK.