Sustainable Benefits and Drawbacks to Remote Work

In 2020, remote work went from an occasional perk to a way of life around the globe. While working from home (WFH) has often been touted as a sustainable way to work, as more and more people have engaged in it, it’s shown that, like everything else, it has its sustainability pros and cons.

Here are a few of the biggest considerations when it comes to the eco-friendly nature (or lack thereof) of remote work.

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Reusable Nappies vs Disposable [+ Visual]

In a world where the use of plastic straws is a social crime, why is nobody talking about disposable nappies?

Before we jump in and compare reusable nappies vs disposable, let’s calculate how many nappies an average baby gets through. Babies are typically in nappies for their first 2-3 years, where at first, they’ll go through an average of 12 nappies per day. As they get older this number will diminish to 4 – 6 per day. Therefore, if we take 8 nappies per day as a mean average, that equates to 2,920 nappies per year or 7300 nappies in 2.5 years!

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Fairytale Wedding or Happily Ever After [Visual]

Changed Wedding Plans? It Might Not Be a Bad Thing

Like many things in 2020, wedding plans have been turned upside down. While this can be a very emotional and frustrating reality to face, there are some silver linings. On average, weddings cost $33,900 (2019) and couples being forced to change their plans now have the opportunity to reevaluate their priorities and where they want their hard-earned savings to go.

In the visual below you’ll see some typical wedding costs pinned against other financial alternatives, just to put wedding spending into perspective. For example, the average cost for a wedding planner is $1,500 which is comparable to the median mortgage payment of $1,566 (depending on cost and your mortgage rate of course). Aside from the cost-savings, downsizing and changing elements of your wedding can greatly reduce the environmental impact of your nuptials.

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Recycling Labels Explained [Visual]

According to a BBC poll, 47% of people report having arguments about what types of plastic can be recycled. The reason for the confusion? There are seven different types of plastic packaging and some are recycled more often than others. Also, due to funding and resources available, each local authority collects and processes recycling waste in different ways.

We’re all used to seeing the 3 arrows in a circular icon (♻️). This is called the mobius loop, and while you might think that this is an indication that the item can be popped in your recycling bin, you’d be wrong. It only means that it could be recycled, but whether that can happen depends on the services your council supply. It’s also worth noting that this symbol is unregulated throughout the industry, meaning that anyone can use it. Which begs the question, can you even trust it at all?

Below is a handy chart of recycling symbols that you can refer back to time and again. Checking the labels for these symbols should be the first step in recycling.

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Going Green in your Apartment [Infographic]

Intrinsically, living in an apartment is a more sustainable way of living than other modern lifestyles. This is because while living in your apartment, the odds are that you are in a urban center. Living in an urban center means that you’re close by to many things and you don’t need to use as many resources as your other modern lifestyle counterparts do. With that being said, there are still countless ways to make your living arrangement that much more environmentally friendlier! And great news for you, many of them are simple and easy to implement. It doesn’t take much to reduce your ecological footprint and have a greater positive impact on the world.

One example is purchasing and using all-natural cleaning supplies. This is an important step because the cleaning supplies that contain harmful chemicals can find their way into the city’s waterways after they go down your drain. Another example is making the switch to LED light fixtures. With this switch, you’ll be consuming less electricity which means burning fewer resources every time you flip the switch. If you’re planning on furnishing your place, try looking at estate sales or resale shops to rescue pieces from the landfill as opposed to buying new.

Embracing these minor changes goes a long way! For additional tips on going green in your apartment, continue reading the infographic below!

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