You may or may not know that I've been transforming my tiny office over the last few months. I strive to be eco-conscious when designing new spaces in my home which is the reason I try to upcycle furniture whenever I can, instead of buying new. My office is a bit of an exception in that it's so small, we decided that we could make more of the space by building a custom 'L' shaped or 'corner' desk. Once the desk was in installed, it was clear I was going to need a few accessories to help me keep things organised and clutter-free! If you want to find out how to make your office more sustainable, then read on.
The search for eco-friendly accessories
In my search for eco-friendly office accessories, I've found so many beautiful and inspiring items that I just had to share them here on the blog just in case you're interested in finding out how to make your office more sustainable or make your small biz all that bit more green.
More and more people are becoming curious about sustainable living and searching for ways to go green at home. Creating zero-waste homes and offices has become a new trend. Having a plastic-free office can be a challenge but you can still limit the amount of unnecessary plastic you use. Gone are the days that 'eco-friendly' meant boring and bland! You'd be surprised at the amount of gorgeous eco-friendly office products available, now that the demand for them has increased considerably over the last few years.
If you'd like to know how to make your office more sustainable here are some of the gorgeous accessories that you can buy for your workplace to help you reduce plastic and create an eco-friendly office space.
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Here's how to make your office more sustainable
The 'Cohen' lamp. This has been on my radar ever since I started renovating my tiny office. It's made from smooth metal and wood and comes in two colours. I have the white and natural oak, desk model but there are various wall-mounted or floor-standing versions too. Let me tell you, it's just as gorgeous in real life as it looks on the web! Mainly, I use it as a task lamp for when I'm working at my computer but it also doubles as a photography lamp when I shine it through a lightbox. The adjustable neck and stem make this lamp a flexible option for any home office.
There were two alternatives on my list which were just as gorgeous – to be honest, it was hard to choose between them all. In the end, I felt the 'Cohen' lamp fitted best with my office set-up. Here are the other two:
The 'Takio' in charcoal grey and copper is stunning.
The 'Tyron' table lamp in grey and copper.
Both of these lamps have a bit of an industrial vibe going on and are proof that necessities can be stylish and glamorous too.
Wooden Cable Organiser
This wooden cable organiser is a sanity saver! How often have your cables, USB cords and chargers disappeared down behind your desk? One of these stylish, space-optimizing cable holders will solve that problem once and for all. This one is handmade from natural oak. Use it horizontally or vertically or fix it to any surface with the pieces of strong, double-sided tape included. It's finished with eco-friendly, non-toxic hard wax-oil (which is what I used, to finish my custom desk). You can find more cable organisers here.
Cork Desk Mat
Define and protect your workspace with this eco-friendly desk mat which is made with premium-grade, sustainable cork leather. It provides support and cushioning while you work.
This laser-cut bamboo wall clock is inspired by the natural beauty of a bee's honeycomb. The silent quartz movement means no more ticking sounds!
To help preserve the honeybee, this shop offers an option of donating $5 at the time of your purchase which will be donated to a bee preservation organisation called HoneyLove – how cool is that?
Cork messenger bag
Like to work at the coffee shop? No problem! Take your laptop with you in this stylish messenger bag. Crafted from soft cork, this sturdy messenger bag is spacious and lightweight.
Scented Beeswax candles
If, like me, you like to burn scented candles in your office, make sure they're not of the toxic kind.
These scented beeswax candles are made from 100% pure beeswax. Called the 'Good Nature Candle' they will improve your mood by emitting light that resembles sunlight! A lovely, eco-friendly product.
You can find more scented beeswax candles in every shape or form here.
Pencil Shaving Desk Tidy
Add some whimsy with this unique Pencil Shaving Desk Tidy. Designed to look like a giant pencil shaving it provides ample storage for all your stationery. Playful, functional and eco-friendly, it's the perfect accessory for any desk.
I love this monitor stand because it increases the working area on your table by keeping stationery and phones up and out of the way. Your keyboard and mouse can be stored underneath - nifty!
The great thing about this shop is that they will customise the size of the monitor stand, based on your monitor model - absolutely free of charge! Only eco-friendly materials are used and it's available in light or dark wood.
If you don't need a monitor stand you can still make yourself more productive by organising your desk with this stylish desk accessory. This desk organiser can be personalised so you could add your business name if you want - I love that idea.
Stary Mountain C
Super lightweight and easy to clean, these fabulous cork coasters will look great in any home office and prevent water rings or burn rings from glasses and hot drinks appearing on your desk.
They are made from 3mm flexible cork, are waterproof and 100% recyclable.
Not your style? No worries, you can find lots more lovely cord coasters here.
Wood Slice Coasters
I use wood slice coasters in my office. I use them to hold my hot drinks or small plant pots. These are made from reclaimed cherry wood and sanded. They go well with a modern rustic theme
Your find find more lovely wood slice coasters here.
Bamboo Lunch Box & Flask
Take your lunch to work and reduce the need for single-use plastic with this pretty matching set of bamboo lunchbox and flask. Why not ask to staff at your coffee shop to fill up your flask instead of taking the throwaway cup?
Find more sustainable lunch boxes here and Bamboo flasks here.
If I'm taking rice or pasta to work, I sometimes use these glass containers from The White Company. I can leave leftovers in the fridge and grab them in the morning for an easy lunch!
Diaries Made From Recycled Paper
These beautiful diaries made from recycled paper will keep your days, weeks, months and year organised. Even the packaging is biodegradable - why can't more sellers do that?
Wooden Tape Dispenser
Who wouldn't want this gorgeous handmade wooden tape dispenser sitting on their desk? It will look far better and last much longer than any old plastic version and there's a free roll of tape thrown in – bargain!
Fancy having a little bit of the Holy Land sitting on your desk? These beautiful wooden pens are handcrafted in Scotland and made from Olivewood from an orchard in Bethlehem, Jerusalem.
The trees are carefully managed by pruning the branches annually which promotes the trees' health and growth, creating a sustainable crop.
Or if you are in the UK, the Ethical Superstore has a wide range of plastic-free stationery, like this bamboo pen and mechanical pencil set made from sustainable bamboo.
Natural Fibre Rugs
Surround yourself with natural materials!
These lovely rugs are made from 100% natural jute which is biodegradable and recyclable. The rugs are naturally dyed using herbs and plants.
How to make your office more sustainable
Hopefully, I've given you plenty of ideas
Remember, reducing plastic and choosing sustainable products is an investment in a healthier future for us all.
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