How shared workspaces can be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

The world is slowly waking up to the very real and pressing dangers of climate change. While the onus remains on companies to clean up their act, there’s still a lot of change that needs to happen from individuals.

We know the basics – reduce, reuse, and recycle, but there’s a whole load of other changes we can make to our daily lives to help turn the tide on climate change.

One such solution also poses a lot of extra benefits too, and that’s by switching to flexible, hybrid working.

“How does this help?” We hear you ask. Let us explain.

The energy problem

Not going into the office can help reduce commuting time and methods considerably – with traffic and congestion being one of the leading causes of climate change. If you don’t need to commute to the office every day, that’s already a huge step in reducing carbon emissions. Just take a look at last year’s pandemic. The resulting shift from office life to WFH in early 2020 caused such a drop in air pollution it was visible from space.

Obviously, we can’t work from home five days a week forever, as much as some of us may like too. Not only can it negatively impact mental health and productivity, it may not be as good for the environment as first thought, with energy consumption increasing at home.

But with heading into the office every day not being sustainable either, what’s the happy medium?

Sharing is caring (about the planet)

Shared workspaces are increasingly looked towards as a solution to office life and the climate crisis. There’s a few reasons for this. More often than not, shared workspaces aim to be as accessible as possible. They can easily be accessed via foot, bike, or public transport – cutting down the need to use your car.

Sharing is caring with shared workspaces – literally. A shared workspace means the sharing of resources, resulting in less waste overall. From printers and projectors, to fridges and coffee machines, sharing these resources amongst us rather than using them individually at home can save on waste and energy.

Plenty of shared workspaces are also clocking on to the fact that workers don’t just want a nice flex office to work in – they want it to be green too. More and more eco-friendly workspaces are popping up the world over, offering environmentally friendly fittings and features, and repurposing old buildings for their locations.

Finding a green, local shared workspace might seem like a tall order, but don’t worry. We’ve figured it out for you.

How we fit into all of this

At Wise, we strive to make ourselves as local as possible. We collaborate with the hidden gems and the best hotspots in your area. Not only does this make choosing Wise the most accessible option, it also makes it the greener choice as well. Why take the car to the office when you can stroll down to your favorite local cafe or that museum around the corner you’ve been dying to visit?

Sounds good, but how do you find these locations? Don’t worry, we’ve covered that too. Head over to our main site to browse work spots in your area, and reserve with our handy booking app.

You can find out more about our benefits and how Wise works by checking our FAQ here.

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