Blog - Sustainability, not always blindingly obvious

Sunlight-sustainable-workplaces-WorkSpace-IQThose of you who are familiar with WorkSpace IQ are likely to know that sustainability is central to our business mission and purpose. Not only do we strive to incorporate sustainable work habits into your everyday work habits, but when designing and advising on office layout, we look to incorporate sustainable fixtures and fittings too.

Although perhaps not glaringly obvious, blinds are a vital part in the workplace sustainability issue.

With so many buildings being constructed with large glass windows, having good light control such as blinds is becoming increasingly important, particularly as we spend more time in front of our computer screens. Why? Well, because not only can too much light can cause eye strain and headaches, but it can also see us working in awkward work postures as we try to avoid that brilliant shaft of sunlight which peers through the window at a particular time of day! None of these things has a positive impact on our health or on our productivity.

Use of blinds also conserves heat and reduces the amount of heat penetrating a building. If your workplace is one of those with large expanses of glass, they provide a helpful way to control this heat movement.

With this in mind, I was delighted to come across Linda Powell last week who works for local NZ company SP Blinds. Not only does SP Blinds provide a great range, they also operate an impressive sustainable programme both in terms of production methods and materials used, and help other organisations become more sustainable themselves.

I found it interesting to hear how they consciously make an effort to reduce all impacts of operation on the environment to a minimum and have put considerable time, effort and resources into becoming a carboNZeroCertTM Certified Organisation by ensuring their processes meet the required standards to reduce their carbon footprint and their impact on the environment.

As well as manufacturing highly durable products (thereby increasing longevity and reducing waste), they also have particularly environmentally friendly options which, instead of using PVC and polyester, use sand – a natural and renewable resource.

It’s great to know there are companies here in New Zealand who are striving to make a real difference to the planet through how they do business. I hope you find this inspiring too and if so, remember while it may not always be blindingly obvious, it’s generally possible to find a sustainable option or solution to most of the fixtures and fittings found in your workplace.

If you are looking for something in particular, or simply just want to know more about what you can do in your workplace to be kinder to yourself or to the environment, please contact me – I am only too happy to get more of us in the business community hooked on sustainability.