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Work From Home: Good Or Bad For The Environment?

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Remote work sounds fantastic, but is it sustainable for the environment and/or good for it? Let’s begin by looking at both sides’ standard arguments.

Let’s first look at the common reasons why remote work is deemed bad for the environment:

In order to use energy better than houses, office buildings are built. Therefore, it takes less energy to get everybody into a heated or cooled building than and workers heating or cooling their individual homes.

Environmental resources are burnt down by materials and transportation to ship supplies or equipment to remote employees.

To have in-person meetings or to see customers, people working from home may need to travel more.

On activities such as video calls, the electricity, and bandwidth you use translate to CO2 emissions, meaning your device and internet usage are not without consequences.

Now here are the reasons that the world is ideal for remote work:

For remote employees, commuting is weakened or reduced. This saves the necessary gas or electricity for your car. This also decreases road traffic and road wear, automobile emissions and greenhouse gases, and pollution.

When at home vs. in an office, individuals may use less paper, print, and copy fewer pages. They use fewer paper and plastic cups, utensils, and other items usually in an office kitchen when people eat at home.

If the workplace has non-environmentally friendly devices for coffee pods that the worker does not have at home, the waste would also be minimized.

With fewer employees in the workplace, or due to a business moving to a smaller office room, the energy used to power the lighting and other equipment in the office will be significantly reduced.

There will be fewer furniture and appliances to buy (phones, copying machines, printers, etc) (and possibly manufactured).

This will result in less use of materials, such as ink cartridges, that are often unsustainable.

Remote work has some additional advantages that are more human than environmental, but are connected to the above environmental problems:

Employee lateness will be minimized as people no longer had to travel due to traffic and public transit problems.
The risks of workers being in a commuting-related accident will be decreased, saving lives and reducing the costs of the business associated with an absent worker.

It will dramatically decrease the number of missing days due to diseases spreading across workplaces. Although it can cost less than individual homes to heat or cool an office building, the filtered or circulated air ensures that colds and flu appear to spread more easily at the workplace than they may if people did not spend hours at the feet of sick colleagues.

Video Calls And Carbon Emissions

There is a statistic that says that per participant, one hour of an ultra HD video call generates 2.8 kg of CO2. Let’s imagine that we have an average of 3 hours of video calls a day in today’s meeting-heavy world, which also needs to improve. Multiply your video calls by approximately 260 working days a year, and you directly emit 2,184 kg of CO2 per year.

If bandwidth in this ratio translates to CO2 emissions, then the environmental consequences induced by watching videos, uploading or downloading data, and other bandwidth-heavy behaviors must also be considered.

Zapier, which has 320 workers, all remote, is an example of a solution. In 2019, through reforestation, Zapier purchased 647 metric tons (1,000 kg each) of carbon offsets. This represents an average of 2,022 kg emitted annually per employee.

This is a great start, but maybe a business should pay 5 metric tons per worker, contractor, or other forms of a worker to cover video calls as well as other consumed energy and materials. Investing in more reforestation or environmental changes than your expected use means that our impacts are not only neutralized, but we are starting to give back to the world.

Carbon offsets can cost as little as U.S. $20 per metric ton, which would mean just $100 per worker per year in investment. And if your chosen carbon offsets were $100 per metric ton for reforestation, this is still just $500 per worker per year. This ought to be in the budget of any company.

Environment

Most signs point to yes, more beneficial to the environment than not is remote working. Although this has been addressed for years when individuals realized the positive environmental changes during the pandemic lockdown, it became apparent, but only part of the environmental improvements seen during the lockdown would be triggered by workers being out of office.

Behaviors that are adding stress to the atmosphere can be modified and strengthened.
More energy-efficient appliances and methods will enhance how we heat or cool our homes or apartments. Jobs may need a welcome kit with equipment delivered to them, but it is unlikely that most types of companies and employees would need a constant flow of shipments.

Perhaps in-person meetings will continue to decrease in the future, reducing the environmental impact of travel, with the pandemic requiring us to conduct meetings through phone or video calls.

Ultimately, for a number of reasons, including sustainability and environmental friendliness, remote work wins over office work.

Source: Reworked

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Food Review: Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Stick Is Now Available In Malaysia

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Chocolates have the power to uplift someone’s mood and ice cream is perfect for a hot sunny day. But both combined, it is the perfect combination to ever exist. Snickers Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream, and Kit Kat Ice Cream are the usual stuff we find at our nearest grocery store but have you ever heard of Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream?

It has been sold for a long time but at that time, it was only available in certain European countries. Now, you can get this delicious treat from a local seller on Shopee!

This ice cream comes in three flavors. There are Original, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate but according to the local seller’s page, it is available for people in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor only.

Head over here to place your order and get your Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream!

Sources: Shopee nowme_01

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Food Review: ‘Sambal Hitam’, One of The Best Sambal That Can Be Eaten Anytime And Anyhow

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Sambal hitam would always be one of the most favorite alternatives for many people in Malaysia who loves to eat spicy food like any other sambal but they do not want it to be too spicy up until they have to feel regret eating the food. This particular sambal hitam is really well-known in the state of Pahang.

The texture of this sambal hitam is one of the reasons why many people love to eat it. Sambal hitam is really full of anchovies. It is so easy to be made by anyone because the recipe only takes 4 simple ingredients. The ingredients are belimbing buluh, red onion, anchovies, and also red chili.

Picture: Resipi Bonda

According to many people, the process of making this sambal hitam would take a very long time to be done. There is a very special way to cook this sambal hitam from Pahang. It does not take an hour or two to cook but it takes hours. The manufacturing process is quite complicated and also time-consuming.

It goes well with steamed white rice, brown rice, or even porridge. This sambal hitam really enhances the taste of the food. Once you taste it, your mouth will definitely have a fusion of flavors and you will surely crave more of it.

Sources: Cookpad.

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Step & Repeat, First-Ever Global TikTok Reality Show Based On Style Launched

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Glamhive and Mary Kay Global Design Studio have announced Step & Repeat, the first-ever style show launching on TikTok.

Step & Repeat is a five-week style competition and mentorship programme where wardrobe stylists, make-up artists, and hair stylists worldwide compete in the fast-paced environment of TikTok to drive their business success.

The international competition is open to all and goes live on June 22 on TikTok, according to a statement.

TikTok’s community has been growing at an incredible pace since the start of the pandemic, and unique new talents are being discovered daily on the platform.

Step & Repeat is the first-ever global style competition on TikTok, giving structure, recognition, and rewards to winners weekly.

Glamhive and the Mary Kay Global Design Studio have partnered to create Step & Repeat as a global stage open to anyone who wants to explode onto the international scene and get recognised for their incredible talents in wardrobe, make-up, and hair styling.

Each week, Step & Repeat’s host, Johnny Wujek will announce a theme-based challenge, and TikTok users will create their best wardrobe, make-up, or hair style look for that theme.

Videos will incorporate the show’s custom sound, ‘Step & Repeat’, the hashtag #stepandrepeat, and the hashtag associated with each challenge, enabling all entries to be discoverable by the show’s judges.

At the end of each challenge, Wujek will announce the winner in each category: wardrobe, make-up, and hair. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a one-hour mentoring session with one of the 19 industry leaders stepping up to provide mentorship.

At the end of the five weeks, Step & Repeat will announce one overall winner for each category, crowning it the very best in wardrobe, make-up, and hair based on entries from worldwide.

More details at https://www.glamhive.com/tiktok.

Sources: BERNAMA

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