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Why Do People Work From Home – Become Environmentally Friendly


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Working from home is becoming more and more popular and there are many good reasons for this. So why should we work from home and does it help our personal health and the health of our environment?

Here at About Going Green we believe that working from home is a fantastic way to live greener and healthier life for you. Greener living often means a healthier planet and this article aims to show you how.

In this article – Why do people work from home, you will discover the reasons people decide to start that journey, the personal benefits of doing so, how it is environmentally friendly and we will briefly discuss different options for working from home.

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If you have any further questions, would like to leave a comment or reach out to me about going green, then please do so in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

 

Why People Work from Home

Homemakers: Lots of stay-at-home moms and dads consider working from home to support their family. Perhaps they have young children who are not old enough to attend and early year’s education program. Perhaps they would prefer to spend their time at home with their young one instead of hiring a nanny or registering them for day care.

Health Reasons: Some people end up working from home because of personal health reasons. Maybe they have had an accident which has forced them to be at home recovering for a long period.

Change in Career: Some people decide that they want to be their own boss and become self-employed. Maybe they have had a negative experience working for other people. Perhaps they realized that the job they were in wasn’t right for them. Or maybe they just wanted the opportunity to choose how much they earn instead of earning for somebody else.

Either way, there is one thing that all of these scenarios have in common…. they all want to bring in some extra money and make the most of their time. All of these people are willing to take a little risk if the outcome is achievable.

 

Personal Benefits

Be Your Own Boss

I think this is probably my favorite reason for wanting to work from home. I find the hierarchy structures in workplaces unnatural, uncomfortable and difficult to relax in. I had been in a management position too and I still didn’t like it.

There is so much competition, negative energy and there is often one who will go out of the way to walk all over you and try the hardest to make your life a misery – you know the one!

We have to conform to certain work expectations such as uniforms, policies, deadlines, early morning meetings, you name it, the list goes on…

And there is always somebody who decides what you do, where you do it, when you do it and how you do it. How depressing. This just isn’t for me. I want to live my own life and make my own decisions. They may be paying me to do a job, but after all it is MY time and not theirs.

I got sick of missing important life events such as weddings. I had enough of being made to feel guilty or penalized when I genuinely needed to be at home to recover from a sickness bug.

Working from home is completely different. You can be your own boss. You get to make all the decisions. Simple. Enough said.

Increased Earnings

OK so there are some risks when deciding to be your own boss and that is income. At first, it is very likely that you will need to take a risk, and risk not earning the amount you would like to be earning at the start.

However, I personally believe that this risk is well worth it. If you work hard and aim high, the changes are that you will end up earning lots more than you were earning when working for somebody else.

In most circumstances, when you begin working for yourself, from home, you can actually decide how much you want to be earning. Then all you have to do is work out rates and how often you will be working.

I would like to briefly mention something here about passive income. If you get paid by your time, e.g. an hourly rate it is virtually impossible to be really successful in life. If you want to succeed in life, you need to get your money earning more money. This is known as passive income.

Say Good Bye to Commuting

Some people are fortunate enough to be able to walk, jog or ride a bike to work every day. However, this is not an option for all of us. If you are already environment conscious, you may already have a greener transport solution such as car-sharing or using public methods of transport instead of driving.

But for some of us, neither of these options are possible due to our personal circumstances and preferences.

Personally I have always worked in the city but loved the peace of living in the country, mainly because the jobs i have had been in the city. I would have jumped at the opportunity to work in the country but that opportunity didn’t come up. As a result, commuting to work was a daily chore. This has always been a bad decision, it meant a long commute to and from work every day.

What a drag that was! I would get up, get ready and be on the road at 6am, arriving at work for about 7am. I would work all day, and to avoid the traffic on the way home, I would stay at work until about 7pm and wasn’t arriving home until about 8pm. That meant I was out of the house for fourteen hours on average every day. Then I had several hours of work to do when I got home.

Living this lifestyle was exhausting. That meant I was living to work, instead of working to live. This had huge detrimental effects on my mental and physical well-being. That meant I was exhausted all the time, suffering from insomnia, living off of coffee and sugar, rarely having enough time to cook decent food, eating fast food and not having enough time for my family and friends. This type of living is not sustainable.

Our society encourages this behavior. In the past human beings spent their entire lives in a small area. Growing up, working and living their lives in a small village. But today society is different. The USA is designed for road users. Most people have access to a vehicle and use it to get to and from work.

Working from home completely eradicates commuting. Say good bye to wasting hours sat behind the wheel every day. Say good by to sitting in stand still traffic. Say hello to having more time in the day to do the things yo want to do. Say hello to have some extra cash in your pocket from the money you haven’t spent on gas!

 

Environmentally Friendly

When you first decide to start working from home, you often don’t think about how working from home can reduce our impact on the environment and support the health of our planet. Working online can be very environmentally friendly as it uses less of the planets natural resources. Let’s go ahead and take a look at this.

Reduce Air Pollution & Global Warming

Commuting to work by vehicle every day means burning gas and polluting the air we breathe. Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in the USA. Personal vehicles are often the single greatest polluter because the carbon emissions from millions of vehicles add up.

This is dangerous to our own personal health because we create air pollution. The federal air quality standards suggest that nearly 150 million Americans live in areas that do not meet these requirements.

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse and pollutant. It is the main cause for global warming. Plants and animals release carbon dioxide naturally as they live and breathe. However, it is human activity, such as transportation, that has caused the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere to be higher than they had been in hundreds of thousands of year’s.

Gasoline comes from fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are one of the planets natural resources. Natural resources take a long time produce and replace. Much longer than the time we spend on the planet. So basically, once they are gone, they won’t be returning for a very long time.

For more information on conserving our natural resources, please read this article titled ‘What is Going Green – How to Improve Your Life’.

Working from home reduces you need to commute. Therefore, all that gas that you would be burning is not used, carbon dioxide is not released into the environment. This reduction in pollution is going to reduce global warming.

You may be thinking that one person isn’t going to make a difference. I ask you to stop. Right. There. This is exactly the point. We have to look at the bigger picture. The more people that sack the day job for a sustainable career at home, the greater the impact will be.

If we have to commute to work, then I would recommend finding a more environmentally friendly solution that is not driving you own personal automobile. The best way to do this would be to walk, jog or ride a bicycle.

For some people this really isn’t possible because they live too far away or their personal health prevents them from being able to do this. In these circumstances I would highly recommend seeking out a public transport option. Buses, trains and trams are fantastic options because they have only one engine and can seat lots of people.

If you are unable to travel by public transport because these facilities are not available in your area, then I recommend you get in touch with your local mayor and request that something is done about this situation. For more about this, please just ask me about my experiences campaigning for a local bus service.

Until this service is made available, please make travel-share arrangements. There are lots of ways that this can be achieved. Is there anybody in your area that works near where you do. Perhaps there is somebody at work who lives in the next town? Ask around, you might be surprised to discover that this is easier than you thought it might be.

There are also tons of awesome apps, websites and social media groups available to help with the organizing of this.

Use Less Natural Resources

By their very nature, offices and work environments use up natural resources. A typical office contains equipment that many home work environments don’t need. Let s take a look at the design of a normal office.

Most offices are made up of cubicles, a large space is turned into small spaces with the use of cubicle walls. The smallest of offices have hundreds of these cubicle walls. These walls are made from wood particles, glue and petroleum fiber. Petroleum in made from fossil fuels.

Green alternatives, that are made from renewable sources are more expensive. Many office spaces are built on a budget and paying extra for equipment is not an option. The same goes for furniture such as office chairs, desks, conference tables etc.

Another important point is that many people already have office spaces at their home, and if they don’t have an office they usually have a space where they could work, e.g. a table. This means that creating these spaces is pointless and a waste of time, resources and energy.

Working from home definitely reduces our need to consume the worlds natural resources. If there is less demand for office equipment, there will be less manufactured from the limited resources we have.

Create Less Waste

Not only do office spaces use up natural resources, but they also create lots of unnecessary waste. We can look at this from the perspective of the equipment that is used to create office spaces but also from the perspective of day to day waste.

All waste needs disposing. All the office furniture needed to create the office will get used, worn and at some point it will need replacing. Unfortunately we live in an era where presentation is more important to use than preserving the planets natural resources. People dispose of perfectly working pieces of equipment, the minute they get a scratch.

Sadly lots of office furniture and equipment ends up in landfill. This includes lots of electrical equipment such as printers, copiers, computers, projectors, tablets and other devices that are made from harmful elements. Some of these toxins include lithium, lead and bromine.

When they are disposed into landfill, they break down into our environment. By letting their employees work from home, companies can restrict how much toxic waste they produce. This also saves them money because they won’t need to buy the electronic equipment in the first place.

Often offices encourage frequent paper waste. How many people have spent time on a document, printed it and then been told its needs editing slightly? This document is likely to wind up in the trash. The employee will make amendments to the document and keep printing off copies until it is finalized.

Some work environments encourage paper recycling and this is a great start. However, colored ink contains toxins. When this paper is composted, these toxins release into our environment.

If you want to reduce paper waste, I would recommend stopping color printing. If you still need to print in color, I would recommend reducing color printing only to time when really needed. Then, have a box for black and white printing and a box for colored printing. Obviously this is only effective if the place where you recycle separates the two.

When you work from home, you are more likely to send documents to your colleagues via email. Feedback is given and documents are updated and finalized without even touching a piece of paper. This stops millions of trees ending up in files, archives and landfill each year. This also demonstrates how working from home promotes forest conservation.

Use Less Energy

Maintaining the environment of an office building used a lot of energy. In the cold weather you need to ensure that it is warm enough inside so that employees are comfortable and in the hot weather you need to ensure that it is cool enough inside. Employees need light so that they can see what they are doing.

Much of this demand for energy is met by the power produced in power plants, by the burning of nonrenewable fuels such as coal or oil. This is often a complete waste of energy.

Most employees are already managing their home environment to make it comfortable for them, whether they are there or not. This makes office climate control pointless.

Instead, companies should be considering what they could do with the money they save by encouraging their employees to work from home. Maybe the money that they would spend on climate control could be put back into the growth or development of the company, or increase the salaries of their employees.

All of this can be done while reducing their energy consumption.

 

Home Business Options

Going Self-employed

If you have a lot of training in your field and enjoy the career path you have taken then this is probably a fantastic option for you. Going self-employed does have its risks, advantages and disadvantages.

To start being self-employed you will need to have a financial budget. You will need to consider how much you will need for equipment, advertising and your general living costs.

It is probably a good idea to calculate how much you would spend in six months, minimum. Make sure that you have this money put aside so that when you decide to quit your day job you can go into your new self-employed position confident that you won’t be grovelling at your previous employers feet in a few months time.

Earning Money Online

There are many reasons why people decide that going self-employed isn’t for them. Perhaps you want a change in career or perhaps you don’t feel comfortable taking the risks involved.

There are many options for earning money online. The great thing about it is that the earning potential is limitless, you just have to know how to do it. Keep an eye out for my next article where I will be diving into this subject a little deeper.

A Few Final Notes

If you ever have anything to share about this article or about Going Green, I would love to hear from you.

Please use the comment section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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All the best,

Catherine.

 

 

 

 

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42 comments on “Why Do People Work From Home – Become Environmentally Friendly

Thabo

I am also on this notion of not enjoying working for someone and especially being told what to do and when to do it.

I am working hard daily to escape the rat-race.

Little did I know that working at home is environmentally friendly. Looking at all the points you mentioned I am glad that I will be participating in making the environment good.

Thanx for the motivation and great information this post came with.

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Hi there Thabo,
Yes, being told what to do can really get to a person. I am delighted to hear that you are working hard to escape the rat-race – sound like we are both on that course together.
I am glad that this article has helped you see that the decisions you have made are helping the environment.
I wish you the very best working from home.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. If there is every anything you would like help with, please feel free to ask.
All the best and have a great weekend.
Catherine.

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Hello Catherine,
I believe going green is very important and it is something we definitely have to work on. I agree that working from home is something everyone should look into for the various reasons you mentioned, very informative post. Thank you.

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Hi Jose,
i am glad that you enjoyed reading the article and can agree with the thins that I have mentioned.
Thank you for stopping by. If you every have any questions, please feel free to ask.
I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Catherine.

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I love the days I can work from home! I never thought about it being a “green” thing before, but it makes a lot of sense and I love what you said about it!

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Hi Karin,
I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting on my site today. I am delighted that this article has helped you to see how the choices you make are helping the planet. I wish you all the best.

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Wow Catherine! What an amazing article! It’s crazy how you do not even realize how much of an impact you make by working from home. We were just talking about how bad straws were and how many we use at my job alone! I love how you talked about making the change to working at home, that is something I am in the process of right now and it is very nerve racking!
I cannot stand by you enough when you were talking about replacing office furniture and equipment! We are living in a throw away era! It never crosses peoples mind to go to a thrift store and when their chair is lightly worn, it is out in the dump!

Great work! Keep it up!

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Hi Delanee!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article. I am really pleased that it has been useful to you.
We use so many of those coffee stirring straws every year, when we could be using the wooden sticks that can be recycled.
Thank you so much for this idea – I might write an article on this topic.
I absolutely love thrift shopping, especially on the dollar days. You never know what you might find for a buck. What’s the best deal you found when thrifting? Thank you once again.

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Catherine, you are so spot on! In my opinion, working from home is the ultimate green move. You brought up some great points.

The commuting notion alone saves thousands of dollars and megatons in reduced emissions, which is all great, but when you factor in the emotional toll of grinding through a commute only to get to an office where you’re caught up in a reality drama and still told when and how to get your work done. Gross!

And… More energy and time to devote to other green projects around the house and in the yard.

Thanks for sharing.

Haven

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Hi Haven,
I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed reading my article and that you can relate to the points I raise.
I like how you have phrased the work environment as a ‘reality-drama’ – this made my belly chuckle some what.
You also made a valid point about having more time to spend on other green projects. This is a very important point which, with you permission, I would like to use to update my article.
If I had still been in my previous career, I would not have had the time to build my ‘Fort Knox’ chicken coop, composting bins, plant in my vegetable garden or establish my fruit trees. These projects have taken time and energy.
Al the best and thank you for stopping by!

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Hi Catherine! Great article! I’ve always wanted to work from home, mainly for the freedom aspect, but never thought about the environmentally friendly side of things. Makes me definitely want to work towards my goal of working from home. Being green is cool!

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Hello,
Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am happy to hear that working from home is something that you have always wanted to so.
I agree with you about having more freedom when working from home.
I am pleased that this article has motivated you to work towards your goal of working from home!
I want to wish you all the best in doing so.

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Catherine, this article of yours was an absolute eye opener. As a fellow work at home blogger, I have always been in favour of working from home, after experiencing the corporate working environment. As you mention, the personal benefits by far outnumber the initial risks of a stable income – and let me stress out, just initial, as given time, earnings do go far higher than if you were stuck in a employed career, with boss, rules and regs and so on. But it had never dawned to me how working from home can also benefit this planet, as it were. I just hope more people are ready to take the home-based career plunge 🙂

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Hi,
I am delegated to hear that the information in my post was interesting and useful to you. It is great that you have already made this step and can support the ideas made in the post. yes the personal benefits are amazing. I wouldn’t go back now.
I think that with the introduction of the internet, more and more people are making this move more and more.
All the best.

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Hi Catherine, I really enjoyed your article.

I’m looking foward to working from home but I didn’t think about how “green” it could be and that makes it even more awesome. Thankyou for sharing, I love what your doing.

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Hi,
I am delighted to hear that you are in the process of making this transition.
I wish you all the best.
Thank you for you comment.

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You make a really good point here. Not only are we going to be making a bunch of garbage and pollution by our travels to and fro work, the time spent going to / coming from / as well as BEING at work are also toxic to us in that we are going to feel miserable from the moment we step out the door to go to work, until we get back to our home.

What is the purpose of plugging in hours of our day, our week, making an meager hourly income that hardly covers our rent and expenses…. and the sad thing is, we are not even able to enjoy being at our own homes! The whole day is spent at work! We should be calling our homes “Sleeping Cubicles” instead! It doesn’t make sense to me.

As a single mom, I believe that to be able to be truly there for my son, I need to be at Stay At Home Working Mom, so I can have the flexibility to tend to his needs , play with him, feed him, take care and love him…. the more passive the income, the better. I also realize that this isn’t easy to establish…. how could it be so easy? then everyone would be doing it. You truly have to show the universe you want that sort of life by plugging in the hours away at and build a foundation in which money can flow on…. you know? Anyway, this is a really good way to put things into perspective. I shared this on my google plus and I am following you now on social media!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a really detailed comment. I agree with some of your comments. Often people go to a job that doesn’t make them enough money. aN i like you comment on “sleeping cubicles”, my home certainly felt like this when I was teaching.
I am also a mom and believe that working from home is the best way that I can support my children and family. Thank you so much for sharing!

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I am currently working from home after a disagreement with my ex boss. I am looking forward to all of the above-mentioned benefits of working from home.

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I am delighted to hear that you are making this transition and I wish you all the very best with it.
Kind regards and have a great day!

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Philip

Hi Catherine,

Well, I never thought of working from home as a way to be environmentally friendly. It makes a lot of sense.

You don’t have to drive and so you are not polluting the air. You are not buying those cheap nasty over priced sandwiches from the shops at lunch time, so we are saving on plastic wrapping. One is overall happier and so we are helping to make the planet a happier place.

Actually, its really how I see myself right now. I earn money from home just working on my website all day. The notion of working for others just revolts me! DON’T LET YOUR KIDS get brainwashed by the schools.

Schools tell children, in essence, what they have to learn to WORK FOR SOMEONE ELSE! Am I wrong?

I think not.

This was a excellent read and further makes me prouder to work for myself at home and being environmentally friendly because of it.

Thanks Catherine, you have given me another way to look at this.

– Philip.

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Hi Philip,
I am delighted to hear that you are able to make money by working from home on your website.
As a teacher I agree with what you say, the mainstream school system encourages people to be in the working class.
Personal finance and business skills should be a part of the mainstream curriculum in my opinion.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
All the best!

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I just started working from home, and I know it takes a while to build up a solid base and start earning an income. I am sure looking forward to those days, when I can be worry-free. I never thought about the environmental aspect, but it makes a lot of sense. I would think that more and more companies would also chose to have employees that work from home. Just to help reduce the environmental hazards.

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Hi,
Yes I am also looking forward to those days. It really does take some patience and a hard work.
I agree with you and think that more and more companies are considering their carbon footprint, many of them having a environmental policy.
Thank you so much for commenting. All the best!

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It just makes more sense to work at home. More and more employers are on board with this too since it can save them money. I work at home sometimes and I find there can be less distractions if you’re disciplined.

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I think you make a really good point about discipline. There are lots of distractions at home. I find that once I got into a productive routine, the discipline became easy. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

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I have read so many blogs about working from home and this is the first one that I have read that talks about the eco-friendliness of working from home. I never really thought about that before and I am glad you have opened my eyes to that fact! Thank you!

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Hi Amber,
I agree, I have read a bunch of others too. It is interesting to think of it from this perspective.
You are more than welcome. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.
All the best.

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I agree, working from home does increase my earnings potential. I really enjoyed your in depth knowledge about the subject and hope to read more soon. Thanks again!

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Hi David, yes the earning potential is really important. Most people don’t like the initial risk but for me the earning potential overrules the risk factor. I am really glad that you enjoyed reading the article so much that you are hoping to read more soon. I post frequently, so please stop back again. Take care.

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Emmanuel Buysse

I always wanted to work at home, away from all the stress and the traffic jams. I’m doin a new step in my life currenly so hopefully I make it this time. Your post really gives me the courage needed to go on with it!

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Hi, I am happy to hear that you are giving this another shot. We only get one chance at life so it is important that we follow our dreams.
I am glad that this post has encouraged you to keep up with what you are doing. I wish you all the best with it. Kind regards

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Davona

This post makes some really good points that are not always so obvious. The reduction of pollution is a big one. I am working so hard myself to get out of the corp life. It is not the same as it was 20 years ago and has turned into a place where stress and anxiety is high and morale is low. The work is piled on and the deadlines are impossible to meet. The quality of work is becoming nonexistent. Glad I came across this article because it gives me even more reason to pursue my own business. Thanks for this post

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Hi,
Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you can agree with the points made. I am thrilled to hear that you are working hard so that you can start working from home. Really pleased the article has motivated you further. Keep it up and stop by again for some more insightful info. Have a great day.

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You have made some incredible points that I honestly had never thought of before. Working from home truly is more environmentally friendly. Hopefully one day many more of us can join the work-from-home club and not have to make commutes.

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Hi there Shyla,
I am glad that you found the points I made interesting and that they helped to see how your actions are contributing towards a cleaner and healthier environment. I have the same hopes as you do for the future with regards to less commuting.

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You’re so right about this! After starting working from home, I feel so much happier. And I’ve noticed that I did start to use less waste. Plus, I can recycle at home while it was not always possible in the office.
Even better, I have my own business and I have more free time in my day!
Great article on an important issue these years!

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Hi Jenny,
I am really pleased to hear that you are working from home.
Yes I agree with you about the recycling benefits. I actually have tie to create my own compost too!
Thank you for the feedback and glad to hear this info was useful to you.

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There are so many benefits from working at home. For one, you get to spend more time with your family, especially kids, if you have them.

Saving money is another great advantage. You don’t have to spend on gas or public transport, and bad weather becomes just another thing to stop worrying about…except for when you don’t have a dryer machine and hang your clothes outside; then, rain remains to be your enemy. But then, again, you being home means you can go get it before it gets all soaked.

Thanks for your article, I think it is very interesting!

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Yes Andrew, I completely agree with you about being able to spend more time with kids. My family are currently on holiday and I am really enjoying having them around. My youngest is at home with me all the time and i am glad that I can have this time with her before she starts school. I like what you say abut saving money too. I think that line drying clothes is a great was to help the environment too because you use less energy. However, some peoples circumstances may prevent them from doing this. A friend of mine hangs her clothes outside but under a cover that stops the rain. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

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Hi Catherine, great article! I recently took the jump into online self-employment. I have no regrets. At the same time I’ve always been conscious of being “green” and never thought about how working from home is helping the cause. It’s pretty awesome.
Keep posting, much love xxx Nadia

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Hi Nadia,
Thank you for leaving such a delightful comment. I am really glad that it has helped you to see how your actions are supporting the environment.
I am happy to hear that you are now working online like me and I want to wish you all the best with your success.
Thanks again and I hope that you will stop by again to read more articles.

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