Green Coworking spaces are creating a more eco-friendly workplace

Green Coworking spaces are creating a more eco-friendly workplace

When it comes to coworking, benefits such as collaboration, convenience and cost- efficiency are widely discussed. But coworking spaces also offer another upside – they’re more environmentally friendly than any other type of office space.

As a concept, all coworking office offer some level of sustainability that exceeds regular working environments. With different businesses and freelancers sharing space and amenities, coworking means less waste.

Using a shared office instead of separate offices means less heating, less electricity, less water used for amenities like dishwashers etc. Perishable supplies like milk and other refreshments get used up faster, so there is less waste there too.

However, many coworking spaces have gone above and beyond to make sure their spaces are as eco-friendly as possible. With many of the members of coworking spaces conscious of the environment, going that extra step helps to give spaces a competitive edge.

What do we do at SO Fourteen?

Here at SO Fourteen, we incorporated our concern for the environment into both the design of our office as well as the services we offer.

Here are some of the ways that SO Fourteen strives to be a more sustainable place to work:

Repurposed and locally made furniture

All our desks have been locally made by a small company who operate nearby. Choosing a local business meant we were not only able to support our local economy and avoid importing from thousands of miles away, but we were also able to carefully choose a company who prioritises sustainability.

The company we chose have an environmental policy and only source their raw timber from PEFC certified forests, so for every tree that was cut down to make our desks, another one was planted.

As well as the locally made desks, we also salvaged several other pieces of furniture from second hand shops, including a centrepiece trunk that we use as a coffee table and our storage cabinet/ coat rack.

Recycling policy and cleaning

We run a strict recycling policy here at SO Fourteen, making sure that we reuse and recycle wherever possible. We’ve even found a way to recycle plastic milk bottle caps and send all our used coffee pods off so that the coffee grounds can be recycled into other products!

We also use natural, eco-friendly dish soap and cleaning products in our office and avoid using the dishwasher whenever possible.

Design features

As much as possible, we tried to keep the environment in mind as we designed the space at SO Fourteen. We fitted sensor triggered lights to avoid the possibility of them being left on over night or lighting the whole office when only part of it is being used.

We keep a large number of real flowers and plants in the office, which also helps to give the workspace a fresher and more vibrant atmosphere and helps our members feel more connected to nature.

Cycling

We encourage members to choose sustainable transport wherever possible and provide cycle racks for our members to hire for just £2 + VAT a day (or use for free with a fixed desk membership). We also have a private shower and change room that any of our members can use free of charge.

Sponsorship

In addition to all of this we are also proud to have sponsored a fantastic local company that’s doing their bit to keep the world’s natural beauty spots free of plastic.

Plastic Pollution Solution have so far removed over four tonnes of plastic from beaches around the world. Based in Dorset, they’re currently travelling Australia and parts of south-east Asia to help the growing problem there too.

Follow them on Instagram to check out the fantastic work they’re doing![/vc_column_text]

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