Pollution is becoming a matter of grave concern as it is rooting its way to the very core of the surroundings and creating a toxic impact on the environment as well as human life. Affecting the work-life of individuals and depreciating their overall proficiency due to the increased rate of health problems, pollution is taking a toll on every aspect of our lifestyle.

From smog to the growing concern of global warming, pollution has managed to sink its claws into everything, thereby ringing alarm bells for us to take the required action. Along with everyone, shared co-working spaces have also realised the consequences of the issue. The co-working spaces are making efforts to collectively work towards the betterment of the environment, hence creating a shield effect and preventing the damage from being irreversible. According to the World Health Organisation’s data, more than a million people in India die every year as a result of outdoor air pollution. As a fact, pollution increases the chances of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. To avoid aggravating the numbers, it is crucial for us to mutually combine our forces and work towards creating a comparatively better and breathable environment for ourselves and the generations to come.

Introducing corrective measures and creating awareness about the concern is one way to deal with the issue. People, in large, are leaving no stone unturned to do so, and neither is the shared co-working space. Mentioned below are a few the measures taken by the shared co-working spaces to minimise pollution and reduce its toxic levels across the city.

Workshops and sessions to create awareness:

Creating awareness towards the issue is one of the most-effective measures taken by shared workplaces. It allows people working in the complex to know about the root cause of pollution, the actions that can lead to it, and the measures which can be taken at the moment as a step towards damage control.

Encouraging the co-workers to pool:

Co-shared workplaces have been consistent in disseminating the message of pooling transportation to avoid increased levels of air pollution and to promote a responsible lifestyle in reference to the environment. A number of organisations along with co-shared workspaces are putting up notices and sending out emails to their employees, encouraging them to mutually plan their commute and give back to the environment as together they can aid in lowering the level of pollution across the city.

Digitising the shared co-working spaces:

Felicitating a digital approach and going low on printed documents and paperwork is another measure taken by the co-working places to deflate the increasing pollution level. Going eco-friendly along with incorporating air purifiers and star-rated air conditioners in the premises, the complexes are now turning green and avoiding the emission of chloro-fluoro carbons, which constitute to be a significant factor in depleting the atmosphere and causing harm to the environment.

The Plastic-Ban:

Shared workplaces have started to ban plastic and instead opt for environmentally safe materials such as glass, bagasse, metal and other reusable, recyclable materials. Choosing alternatives for plastics and preaching the same to the employees is helping the organisations and shared working spaces to tidy up the environment and reduce the pollution levels.

In addition to the above, use of separate bins for biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes and eco-friendly appliances are some other ways way to give back to society. The shared workplaces are contributing their bit to the environment day by day. They are continuously working together along with the workers to create a better and healthier place that has reduced levels of pollution.