The environmental impact of co-working

Co-work and the environment

Our last blog touched on why more companies are favouring distributed teams. With co-working in ever increasing demand, there is another reason these companies can feel good about their new and improved strategy. The environment. More specifically, co-working may lead to a decreased carbon footprint among other benefits. Going green is a noble cause but the way things are set up nowadays, this goal can be more than a little inconvenient in our everyday lives. This is one way that meeting that goal can be effortless. So how is this possible?

Decreased Commuting

One of the greatest advantages of co-working is that it typically allows people to work closer to home. This leads to less car usage and in many cases no car usage with some locations being in walking distance to large sections of the population. Being in walking distance also means, you guessed it, more walking. If you’re one of many people who ‘check their steps’ at the end of the day, you’re sure to see a hefty increase when ditching the car. It’s not just for the health of the environment, it’s for yours too!

Say Watt?

Yeah, we’re talking the amount of electric wattage here. Though it may not be obvious initially, co-working spaces provide electricity for a lot of flexible workers who work for different companies doing different things. Rather than each company utilising their own individual buildings and the electricity there in, the electricity is being shared within fewer buildings. In the grand scheme this can add up to a lot of saved electricity.

Increased Efficiency

So we’ve established ‘sharing is caring’. Where there are even more benefits of sharing is the space that we all use during our work day. By sharing one building, flexible workers are utilising space much more efficiently.

You may have heard that the UK is short on space when it comes to building homes for our increasing population to live in. Increasing popularity in sharing co-work space could also allow for more living space.

Comfort

As well as creating more space for people to enjoy living in, co-working helps those bustling sardine-cans we call buses, trains and everything in-between. Public transport may help in decreasing the amount of cars on the road but buses aren’t exactly sleek, inconspicuous space-savers. And coupled with the fumes emitting from each of them… Overcrowding in the likes of trains (either above or under ground) can cause a lot of stress when subjected to it day in day out. The rise of co-working leading to the decrease in public transport can be positive to mental health along with the environmental and physical health benefits.

Blair Gillon

Blair Gillon

Author: Blair Gillon

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