When is comes to creating a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, many people do not think about the decisions they make in the workplace. Besides being home, a majority of our time is spent at work. The everyday choices we make in our work environment could have a bigger impact on the planet than we may think. This year I have begun to cultivate a more conscious work lifestyle, from how I get to work to what I eat during lunch. Here are my essentials for a more conscious, less wasteful work life:
- Reusable Cutlery Kit. I know you all saw this coming, but this little kit and I are attached at the hip. It keeps me from using plastic, and I never worry about forgetting to pack a specific utensil for my lunch. 10/10 would recommend.
- A cute lunch bag. When I became an adult, the last thing I thought I would be excited about is how I carry my lunch to work. But as silly as it sounds, having a cute reusable bag to bring my lunch to work sparks joy in the morning, and gives me the incentive to bring my own food.
- Coffee mug. My workplace has a coffee bar, so I bring my empty mug and pour myself a glass as soon as I get into the office rather than use the paper and plastic cups they provide.
- Bring your own creamer. A year ago, after pouring myself a cup of coffee I would add two creamers. The creamers came in single-use plastic cups, so in a year I put at least 520 of those cups into the landfill. That was insane to me! To minimize my waste, when I pack my lunch I pack creamer in a small glass jar that I bring to work with me.
- Pack a lunch. Not only does it save you a ton of money, it eliminates any single-use containers you would get from eating out.
- Reusable water bottle. I love my hydroflask, and it stays cold all day while keeping me hydrated at work.
- Sneakers. If you have to drive to work, if you do end up going out to lunch I encourage you to walk there if you can. It saves you gas and gives you some much needed outdoor time if you’re stuck at a desk all day. And if you bring your own lunch or can’t walk to lunch, try getting outside for a ten minute walk each day to improve your mental and physical health.