Karenzo & Co is a lovely little company, which produces beautiful office accessories in all kinds of colours and styles (mostly ‘pretty pinks’ but there are also some darker paisley designs for less feminine offices). Nearly everything is made from offcuts from the fashion industry, helping to upcycle items from one of the most wasteful industries.
Make outdoor spaces safe for pets (to know plants, mulches and other items to avoid). Know pet-toxic houseplants to avoid (including sago palm and lilies) and remove if hot-desking with others. Don’t face indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows.
The range includes pen holders, waste bins and file folders, along with notebooks made with recycled paper. The designs are handscreen-printed and finished with plant-based eco dyes and glues. Hedgerow designs are printed on mulberry paper with images of native birds and florals. Moody Hues features dragonflies, ladybirds, bees and butterflies.
If you work from home, then make the effort to create a little office, whether that’s in a bedroom or spare room. You can buy desks that fit flush against the wall when not in use, if short of space. This is better for your neck and back than leaning over a laptop in bed. An alternative is a bamboo laptop stand, which helps keep your bones in alignment, if you have no choice but to work at the kitchen table.
Go for leather-free swivel chairs, to save cows. IKEA and many other stores sell leather-free alternatives, along with affordable desks made from sustainable wood. Or go to secondhand stores (there are many online) that offer used office furniture, to stop it going to landfill.
You can buy recycled office furniture from Reyooz, to help save on quality items. 80% of office furniture goes to landfill or is burned, when most is in good condition. You can donate unwanted office furniture to CollectEco, which passes it onto good causes.