Why Remote Working Is Here To Stay

We live in unprecedented times. The world is changing in many ways and one of them is the way we work. Remote working is now part of our lives and all signs suggest that it is here to stay. There is a lot of debate around this subject with many corporates wanting employees back in the office and many employees resisting. But let's have look at one of the reasons non remote working does not work for many people.

You can't put the genie back in the box.

Many people have moved away in the last couple of years and now live too far from their offices or headquarters. Many have moved to the suburbs or from the suburbs to the countryside. Most people want to live in a house with a garden, enjoy traffic free roads, feel more connected with nature and have more space. The availability of good internet, working from home and the ability to commute easily has made this possible for many people. City living is great but it has a lot of downsides

Why are people moving out of cities?

The higher cost of living is the first advantage that people typically think of when considering moving away from a city. Major cities always have higher costs than suburban areas, and London generally has some of the highest in the UK - which means you’ll likely spend more on renting London for a 2 bedroom flat than a 4 bedroom house 70 miles away. Food, travel, parking, permits everything costs more.

But money isn't the only problem. We all hate the morning commute. Trains are packed the traffic is horrendous and there’s a lot of frustration which ends up having an impact on your mood and the way you feel about work too.

Crime is a particularly worrying subject especially for young couples looking g to start a family. According to the Office for National Statistics, rates of violent crime are by far the highest in London than other parts of the country. The fact is, if you work in London and live outside of the city – your risk of being a victim of crime is massively reduced.

Pollution is another issue that many people are worried about. In January this year, air pollution in London reached its worst levels on record. Toxic air particles have been linked breathing problems, heart disease, strokes and dementia.

The list of reasons for moving away from cities is long, but the fact that people are doing it suggests that something needed to change. The fact that many people have moved away though and many more are now in the process, is a strong indicator that corporates will struggle to get everyone back in the office. After all the morning commute is impossible if it is two and a half hours long.

Perhaps working remotely is not such a bad thing after all? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Creating The Perfect Multi-Use Space At Home

The pandemic year has awakened the world to the possibilities of multi-use space in the home. Previously considered as the place where we eat, sleep, and relax, most of us now spend more of our time at home working, learning online, and trying to keep ourselves healthy.

The demand for flexible and efficient space is more important than ever before.

Whether you live in a home in the suburbs or a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre, we have all likely been using rooms for more than one purpose. Dining room tables used as a make-shift office, and living areas converted into a cluttered workout space give off an aura of chaotic disarray. But with a few creative design elements and a strategic sense of organisation, the perfect multi-use space is easy to achieve.

Think about integrating the critical elements of work-life balance.

The size seems to be getting smaller but the basic design of homes and apartments haven’t changed much. What has changed are the things we need to accomplish with the available space.

Reimagining what a room could be used for, rather than being trapped by traditional functions is a good way to begin. Many formal dining rooms are rarely used outside of holidays or special occasions, so why waste the floor space for most of the year? Maybe you have a guest bedroom crowded with a queen-sized bed, and you only have overnight visitors a few times a year. It’s time to think outside the box - your imagination is the only limit to how a space can be used. Think about integrating the critical elements of work-life balance: health, family, work, and leisure, within a convenient space in your home.

The best way to begin designing a multi-use space is to take advantage of multi-functional furniture. With pieces of furniture that transform into something else or conveniently fold away, you won’t be limited to having either a bedroom or a workout room, or a dining room or an office. Focus on arranging the space for the activities that mean the most to you.

Unique solutions and tools that fit your lifestyle.

For the health conscious, folding and storable treadmills and bikes have been around for a while, and new fitness equipment options that mount on the wall and even connect online to live personal trainers are the next wave in exercising at home. High-tech fitness companies are changing the way we view the integration of a healthy lifestyle with home life. Now the movement towards work-from-home has presented opportunities for unique home office furniture as well.

A home should always still feel like home, so a good rule of thumb for any furniture that must act in double-duty, such as a sofa that converts to a bed, or a piece that folds and hides away, is that it must retain both style and functionality in either configuration. When it comes to creating an elegant and functional workspace for the new generation of flexible working professionals, nothing compares to the DropTop.™ from Pith & Stem.

DropTop.™ is the first artistic solution to provide a professional office-type space that is fully integrated with monitors to plug-and-play with any laptop, and then easily converts into an element of modern decor. When not in use, it offers space for family and leisure and adds an ingredient of style to any home. DropTop.™ has made having a home office possible for almost everyone regardless of how compact their home might be, and is the leader in innovative work-from-home solutions.

We live in unprecedented times. The world is changing in many ways and one of them is the way we work. Remote working is now part of our lives and all signs suggest that it is here to stay. There is a lot of debate around this subject with many corporates wanting employees back in the office and many employees resisting. But let's have look at one of the reasons non remote working does not work for many people.

Making Effective Use Of Space In Smaller Homes

The Tiny Home Movement was underway long before the pandemic drove working people out of their offices and into a makeshift workspace on the dining room table. Over the previous decade there was an architectural revolution occurring that was embraced by people from several generations, towards a more simple life in a smaller space. It was a revolt against the burdens of huge mortgages or rent and the emotional attachment to lots of STUFF.

35m2 Tiny Home

Less Is More

In truth, the beginnings of this movement are probably rooted in the 1980’s and 90’s, when people started to mull over the idea that “less equals more,” driven by those who still romanticized over the teachings of Emerson and Thoreau. And perhaps, by people who realized they were wasting precious financial resources on rarely used square footage, when they could have been using it to create memories and explore the world. Now many professionals and retirees alike are trading three-thousand square feet for six-hundred or less, and some of them on wheels!

It’s as much a social movement as architectural, in that living a simpler life with less home space removes many of the obstacles to people’s happiness. There are significant financial benefits, including the upfront cost of the home, and smaller electricity and gas bills. A tiny home has fewer maintenance costs, lower property taxes, and usually results in spending less money on frivolous purchases. Less utility usage also has a smaller impact on the environment, and less consumption means less waste being deposited into landfills.

Considered a fad by many real estate moguls before 2020, it has accelerated even faster during and after the pandemic. As people transitioned to work-from-home models or seeking completely new jobs, a paradigm shift occurred. A wide range of jobs that we used to think of as exclusively limited to in-office work, could apparently be done quite well from somewhere else, and the new landscape of digital knowledge-work created more time for controlling and living our lives the way we want. People don’t want to go back to long commutes or the confinement of a cubical, and many have shed the restriction of working solely for one company. They now work for many companies around the world, unbound by commuting or time zones.

Making Effective Use Of Space

The big challenge in transitioning to tiny home living, is how to incorporate the essentials of a full life into a compact space. Even in a large house, storage space can be a problem, so in a tiny home you have to be genuinely creative, but there’s a lot of space that is often overlooked. The empty space under stairs is a great place to start, as well as creating accessible storage under furniture and beds. Utilize the space that is always left empty over cabinets and close to the ceiling, and don’t forget the corners and awkward spaces.Using stylish double-duty furniture, such as sofas that convert into beds and lifestyle pieces that fold and hide away, like collapsible exercise equipment, are great ways to convert limited space into a multi-functional environment. And walls, the most underutilized area in any home, are the perfect location for a DropTop.™ from Pith & Stem.

As the nature of work has changed for brave new-worlders, and for those who seek to simplify their lives in a more compact dwelling, they must also find ways to work from the same space. 

DropTop.™ is a stylish, space effective solution for tiny-home professionals. When not in use it folds neatly against the wall and offers an element of modern decor, and when opened it provides a compact workstation able to rival the best corporate office setups. It provides generous desk space and is fully integrated with monitors, ready to "plug and play" with any laptop.

For those who seek to reduce their footprint in the world, and yet still be able to work effectively and have a career, the DropTop.™ is an innovative work-space for the compact home revolution.

WFH In 2022: What You Really Need To Make It Enjoyable

Why are we struggling so much to find a work life balance at home?

Why can we not just enjoy the extra hours gained by not commuting?

What are the 2 main issues holding us back from actually enjoying the benefit of remote working?

How do you balance work and life when they're both under the same roof?

Remember catching yourself daydreaming about how great it would be if you could work from home a few days a week? Today, working remotely is nothing new. Everyone’s doing it and seem to be too busy doing so. Where did the freedom go though and why does everyone seem to work at least 12 hours a day?

There is a ton of information available out there on how to work remotely effectively and efficiently, but there’s hardly anything on how to enjoy the process. Is it here to stay, is it still temporary, are we more productive in the office, is the Hybrid model better, should we go back to full time in the office or at home? These questions seem to be all over polls on LinkedIn.

I believe the answer is, there is no one size fits all. Working for a GP surgery is different to working for a tech startup which is again very different to working for Twitter. Whilst there is no clear answer to what will happen by the end of the year, let's look at how we can make it a bit more enjoyable.

Why are we struggling to master remote working

 The First reason is Psychological. You don't feel that you are doing enough.

When going in the office, things are a little simpler. You come to work 15 minutes early with a cup of coffee and a croissant, you do your work in an efficient way keeping on top of your workload as much as you can, avoiding too much chit chat with that colleague that never knows when to stop. You then leave 10 minutes after your shift has ended and you feel satisfied with your efforts for the day. You were there, everyone was there, your productivity was in many ways witnessed so it won't be questioned.

When working remotely though you naturally feel that you need to do more. You feel that you have been entrusted with your workload and since there is no-one there to witness you working you need to keep on top of absolutely everything, otherwise anything that goes wrong is your fault and everyone will think that you were slacking and not actually taking your work seriously.

Lowering your expectations a little bit and trying to prioritise life a little more is generally the best thing you can do. Many people end up falling into the trap of repeatedly working late because they're "trying to catch up" ending up in an endless loop of working really long hours, then feeling tired the next day, then working at 40% capacity for the biggest part of the day and having to work really late again just to keep on top of that their basic tasks. Clearly that's not a sustainable practice and the more you do it the more you get stuck in that energy sucking loop. I always find myself procrastinating and feeling extremely unproductive if I had to stay and work late the previous evening to achieve a deadline. Try to avoid it as much as you can. 

 

DropTop.™ folding desk.

Good working equipment is key

Screen real estate is seriously underrated. Endlessly minimising tabs, windows and programs and stubornly trying to split a small laptop screen to fit 3 different programs to the point where you cannot even see what you're typing is not the way. With the amount of different tools needed to perform most jobs in todays world, an ultra wide monitor next or above your laptop is an absolute must. I spent a year working from a sofa hunched over my laptop on a coffee table until I finally decided to listen to a friend and make space in a corner for a little cluttered corner desk that would allow me to use 2 monitors. The world changed, I felt invincible. It felt like I was doing double the work, in half the time, twice as easy. My setup today is a DropTop.™ Pro L that has 2 screens side by side that are about 30cm above the desk level on adjustable arms and I have my laptop in the centre under them. I use my laptop's screen as the "menu" to access browsers, files and programs and drag them up on one of the working screens. This is the perfect setup for me, I always seem to have everything I need in front of me and big enough so I can comfortably see it. The dining table is not a desk, it was never designed for work. Dragging screens out of cupboards every morning, plugging power leads, chargers adaptors, connecting keyboards and looking for that misplaced mouse again gets very soul consuming after a while and will set you up for a bad start for the day. 

A comfortable chair is equally important, your dining chair is designed for short usage and when it starts feeling uncomfortable, you have probably overstayed your welcome as far as that chair is concerned. The sofa may have been good enough for lockdown V1 but it's certainly not a work setup. You will spend more hours on that chair than you spend doing any other activity so definitely invest in comfort, it will change your mood and improve your productivity. 

Nothing works without good internet and nothing can be more frustrating than a bad internet connection that keeps on dropping all the time. Have you ever been working on something for 5-10 minutes intensely just to see an error on your screen saying that your work was lost because your internet is down? Yeap, there is no turning back… it feels like handing in your resignation there and then. Why am I working? What’s the meaning of life? To be or not to be? F*ck you internet connection provider, it's all your fault. Thankfully, for most of us this is one of those problems in life that money can actually solve. Speak to your neighbours or check your postcode online and find which provider offers the best internet service at the best price in your area and make the switch today. You will not regret this one.

These are in my opinion the 2 fundamental things you can change, that will have a great immediate impact. No1 your attitude an expectations and No2 your WFH setup.

How to get productive working from home in 2022.

Tip #1 create the perfect home-office setup.

Working from home is fantastic! Right? It certainly can be and be an ideal environment for many but without proper planning it can be a disaster. Mental health statistics are suggesting that the majority of professionals that are now working remotely are still struggling with the transition resulting in high anxiety levels and burnout.

What may seem like perks of being able to perform your job from the comfort of your own home may also be distracting and an obstacle to getting the most out of your working day. Having the comfiest sofa, TV, a fully stocked kitchen, a games console and you pets or kids around you may seem like an amazing benefit of having your home as your office but without discipline these can soon have a negative impact on your work.

Not only can these distractions result in less productivity, but they can also be detrimental to your health. A healthy routine is good for your wellbeing and losing the commute to work for many can mean losing their only daily exercise. Having your whole kitchen at your disposal can mean eating more than you usually would at work. Companies invest a lot of money to ensure that the equipment you use meets health and safety and provides you with a comfortable and correct working environment. So, although the sofa may be comfy, or the kitchen table and dining chair may seem like the most practical solution but these are far from ideal for your body, your mental health and your productivity. Poor desk posture can lead to health implications affecting your back, neck, wrists and eyes (among others) and working in uncomfortable positions will affect your mood in a negative way.

So how do we stay productive, and ensure we have a healthy working posture at home with no health and safety teams keeping an eye on us?

   

Here we look at some top tips to staying safe and productive:

So, in summary, treat your home-office be it a separate study or a dedicated area of a living or bedroom as your place of work. Treat it like you would your office, dress appropriately and be disciplined with your time. Use the correct equipment and invest in a purpose-built desk and chair and you will find working from home as productive as working in the office and will ensure you maintain healthy posture!

Is your WFH setup ready for Plan B?

The Prime Minister last week announced that the government was implementing its ‘Plan B’ strategy to cope with the rising threat of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. These rules include face masks to become compulsory once again in most public indoor venues, Covid Passes to be mandatory in specific settings, and that people should work from home wherever possible. Boris Johnson said: "Go to work if you must, but work from home if you can."

Woman wearing a mask
Masks are once again mandatory in many places.

In 2020 35% of workers in Britain did ‘some’ work according to the Office for National Statistics, with many preferring a hybrid model of going into the office at least one or two days a week once restrictions were lifted at the end of the last lockdown. 

woman commuting in mask
Do we really need to be going into the office?

With the recommendation that we now work from home wherever possible back in place it brings the focus back on our working from home setup. If working from home is going to be a fundamental part of the government’s fight against Covid, we need to be ready to flex our working from home muscles. Dedicating a whole room to a desk or study is not only not feasible for many, but it’s also not practical for those only working at home one or two days a week, or those who only work from home during the recommended periods. 

What we need is a flexible home office solution that does not waste valuable living space but at the same time provides a fully equipped, practical working environment to ensure that we are equally as productive working from home as we are in the office. Even once this winter is over. Traditionally, as a nation, we continue to go to work even when we have a cold, especially if we still feel well enough to work, despite having a cough or runny nose. Working from home is one of the most effective tools to prevent viruses’ like Covid from spreading and as a society we now have viable alternatives to calling in sick and should all be looking to work from home whenever we feel unwell. 

Folding desks have become an excellent option for home offices, especially in smaller homes or flats. Typically, though these have been lightweight and susceptible to damage, especially if a careless bum happens to perch on them. DropTop.™ from Pith and Stem’s unique design however not only provides an extra-large work surface, but the reinforced desk is also strong enough to support a fully grown man standing on it meaning the desk will last for many cold and flu seasons to come! 

DropTop folding desk with inbuilt monitors
DropTop.™ Pro-M folding desk in a standing setup.

Having integrated monitors built into the unit also means that DropTop.™ provides an instant home office setup equal to any office-based workstation. So even on an impromptu day off our productivity is not impacted. Out of sight and neatly hidden behind a framed wall canvas print also means DropTop.™ can be located in any room of the house without impacting your living space, giving you the best of both worlds of style and practicality.

Remember, although there may be a Plan B, there is no planet B. So not only does working from home limit the spread of viruses it reduces our carbon footprint massively. Travel and commuting are some of the biggest sources of carbon emissions in the UK. We can all help do our part by working from home as often as we can. 

Working from home, where did it all begin?

On the surface, the work-from-home (WFH) movement feels like a sudden revolution that was thrust upon us by a worldwide health crisis. In fact the steady progression of economies, culture, and technology have been guiding us in this direction for decades. The global pandemic of 2020 was merely the impetus we needed to make the leap. 

The first true hybrids.

As far back as the 1960’s and 70’s, rapidly changing industries and more prosperous jobs led to a shift towards people living further away from the cities and work centers. Commuting greater distances and paying for higher transportation costs, as well as spending fewer hours with family became the norm. 

Large corporate sales forces may have been on the leading edge of change, although not so much in a work-from-home capacity, as just working from somewhere other than an office. The work of salespeople shifted from being inside stores and offices to traveling and making personal sales calls to be more competitive. They came into the office only occasionally to file reports and meet with management. Their performance was evaluated by the end results, not daily personal interactions. They were the first true hybrid employees.  

As technology improved over the following decades in the arenas of communications, personal computing devices, internet and email, people and companies alike began to question whether keeping a large staff contained in an office was really necessary. The office lockdowns during the recent pandemic provided the answer to that burning question. Groups, individuals, and entire organizations are able to perform as well or better without constantly sharing a workspace. 

Innovation has driven the need for knowledge-work professionals.

The manner of work was often thought to be the defining factor in trading the office for a more flexible location, with work that was more solo-operator and computer science-related fitting the description.

While some might argue that industrial innovations in automated technology have reduced the availability of physical labor jobs, it has also driven a corresponding surge in the need for knowledge-work professionals. Knowledge-work is a far more expansive realm that takes many forms beyond the highly technical, it doesn’t just apply to programmers and code writers anymore. Personal assistants, secretaries, business managers, accountants, even highly skilled professions previously thought of as hands-on only, like plumbers, electricians, and construction managers are now finding ways to offer services remotely. The result of which means they can work from a home office, or from anywhere they please.

The Millennial generation may have been the first to fully realize the potential of creative knowledge-work and being able to earn a living while traveling abroad, but the rest of the world is beginning to shift their mindset. Much of that shift is also coming from organizations that were forced to change to a new work model during the pandemic, and have since realised the cost-value and productivity proposition of converting their workforce to fully-remote or hybrid models.

Reduced real estate costs, utilities, maintenance expenses, and having access to top talent from anywhere in the world are significant benefits. It’s a more profitable way to run a business. Obstacles that were once feared too great to conquer in a remote workforce, like communication, management oversight, and employee collaboration, have all proved easily handled with current technology. Tools like Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime are viable options for keeping people connected and sharing knowledge online.

DropTop.™ Pro-M

There were genuine opportunities for innovative, functional workspaces

With companies and employees all onboard to work-from-home, and the technology to make it possible, the biggest obstacle lack of practical home office equipment. There were genuine opportunities for innovative, functional workspaces in the home that fostered productivity without eliminating the “home.” Pith & Stem’s DropTop.™ was the first creative solution to provide a professional workspace that is fully integrated with monitors to plug-and-play with any laptop, and then easily converts into an element of modern decor. It has made having a home office possible for almost everyone regardless of how compact their home might be.

Folding desks are nothing new, but until now were cheap and flimsy writing desks, designed for occasional use. With new products coming to the market like the DropTop.™ Pro -M there’s no longer anything holding you back from being as equally productive working from home. 

You can now have a full multiscreen set up perfectly designed for video conferencing, gaming or Vlogging; all in a compact and stylish setup without compromising either your living space or home décor. 

Creating an inclusive economy that allows people to work in an environment that suits their lifestyle and provides higher rewards for employers is the way forward. The future of work has been revealed. Whether an organisation chooses to transition to a hybrid or fully-remote model, the benefits for companies and employees alike are certain. Work-From-Home is here to stay.

World Earth Day 2021

Shop sustainable furniture to help support World Earth Day.

World Earth Day is held annually on April 22nd to drive support and awareness for environmental protection around the world. The theme recently has been heavily focussed on climate change, but all environmental issues are covered and address by this unified world movement. The first world Earth day was on April 22, 1970 in America but has grown to now include a global set of events coordinated by EARTHDAY.Org.

The support for the first ever event far exceeded expectation with over 20 million people taking to the streets across America to support the event for what was supposed to be a localised protest march in San Francisco. The first World Earth day is still regarded to be the largest single day protest in history! It is estimated over a billion people from over 190 countries world-wide now take part in some way in this event. 

The World Earth Day theme for 2021 is to ‘Restore Our Earth’, and a large part of restoring our Earth is addressing the imbalance in tree cover that our planet has. Global tree cover continues to decline, as forests are continually cleared for logging, agriculture and grazing land. 

Organisations like Tree-Nation continue to fight against global deforestation and are home to 90 planting projects from 33 different countries. Pith & Stem have partnered with Tree-Nation to support this movement and have pledged to plant 10 trees for every DropTop.™ they sell. DropTop.™ is a wall-mounted folding computer desk made from FSC certified wood and in the first week of release, Pith & Stem sold 100 units of DropTop.™ which means later this year we will be sponsoring 1000 trees to be planted through Tree-Nation. 

   

As well as using FSC certified wood, and sponsoring tree planting programs DropTop. ™ also comes with an optional wooden frame made from reclaimed pine scaffolding boards. For every piece of reclaimed material we use in our projects be it one of our reclaimed scaffolding board frames, reclaimed metal girder TV Units, or recycled plastic coffee tables that means there is one less item heading for the incinerators or landfill. 

By shopping for sustainable furniture, with brands like Pith & Stem or upcycling old items into new pieces we can help reduce our carbon footprint, help promote a positive change in tree cover and support the World Earth day movement in our own small way. 

The next release of DropTop.™ will be on the 25th of April, so to join the waiting list to secure your own unit head over to www.pithandstem.com/droptop.

Working from Home

The Working from Home Revolution.

In the past year, nearly half of the working population have worked from home at some point. In this time our day-to-day vocabulary has expanded to include terms that were only previously found in the realms of science fiction. Terms like lockdown, social distancing and quarantine are now a part of everyday life but they can leave us all feeling very penned in and isolated. From these new lifestyle restrictions though, new technologies have been born or developed as we continue to adapt to our new surroundings and way of life. We are after all, as a race, quite a resourceful bunch. Video conferencing apps like Teams and Zoom have become just as much a part of modern life as telephone calls and emails. Although there are many new restrictions on our lifestyle and social freedoms, (please let the pubs hurry up and open again!) working from home has brought a great deal of freedom and positives to many. Gone for so many people is the dreaded commute, savings up to thousands for those using trains to get to work. More flexible working hours, dress code and savings on travel and food costs not to mention office running costs for businesses have led many people and companies to look to make working from home a permanent solution going forward. Some are even dubbing this the working from home revolution.   

Although working from home may appeal to many, for some it is not as ideal as it is for others. As the demand for housing increases the number of new-build flats and smaller houses, many simply don’t have the space to dedicate a whole room within the home to be a home office. For every worker who has the luxury of a separate home study, there are those working on their kitchen or coffee table, or working their laps without a dedicated workspace. This can lead to inefficient setups and can create health problems with poor working postures. Other challenges that come from working from home include managing your own schedule and personal time and keeping a clear separation between work and personal life.   

Here at Pith & Stem, we have come up with a solution that addresses the key challenges that face those looking to adjust to a working from home set up. We have launched the World’s First Fully integrated, plug and play, wall-mounted workstation, the DropTop.™ and in keeping with the Pith and Stem. ethos it has sustainability firmly rooted in its core.  

DropTop.™ is a fully customisable, easy-to-install, drop down desk for comfortable, efficient and stylish homeworking. Featuring a dual monitor set up for increased productivity, it folds away easily and discretely at the end of the day, allowing you to both work from the comfort of your home, whilst maintaining a clear distinction between your work and home life routines. It is there when you need it, and out of sight when you don’t.  

The unit is practical and strong, being designed to promote a healthy posture and is constructed using the toughest grade hardwood ply, with custom-made hinges. Sustainability sits at the heart of Pith & Stem. So the DropTop.™ is made with FSC® certified birch plywood and for every DropTop.™ sold, Pith & Stem. plant ten trees through its partner, Tree-Nation – a global non-profit focused on afforestation, agroforestry and reforestation. Lastly, we like to think it’s pretty stylish too, with customisable colours and finishes - you can select one of our range of hand-picked designs or even send us your own high-resolution pictures or artwork to have a totally unique design.   

Utilising DisplayLink® technology, DropTop.™ is compatible with all major operating systems and features a single cable USB charging connectivity, coming ready to plug and play with, flicker-free, LowBlue mode and full-HD monitors.  

“Working from home comes with many environmental, social and economic benefits,” said Stefan Husanu, Pith & Stem CEO and DropTop.™ designer. “Nonetheless, many people have come to dislike it over the past year, even though it was once their dream! Factors behind this include it being uncomfortable, the lack of correct tools or workspace, and the inability to find that work-life balance. We can’t let these be an obstacle to something that has such a positive environmental impact, however. That’s why we created a home-working solution that fits every space and makes productivity fun, comfortable and stylish.”  

Pith & Stem uses so much plastic!

And we are proud of it.

Okay, let us explain...

Plastic waste is a huge environmental problem. Take these eye-opening facts from the National Geographic:

This is not good enough.

We decided that we had to play our part in the fight against this entirely man-made ecological disaster by championing the use of recycled plastic as a key material in our products.

We have partnered with a supplier of recycled plastic sheeting which is durable, sustainable and easy on the eye, incorporating it into our Thames coffee table range, with more designs to come.

Each sheet tells the tale of the thousands of individual pieces of plastic from which it is comprised – the CD cases, plastic cups, milk bottles, packing material, and food containers. Every time you order one of our products featuring recycled plastic not only do you receive a stylish and chic piece of furniture, you also take a stand against an environmental scourge, supporting an industry that was unimaginable a century ago, but which is absolutely vital now if we are to turn the tide.

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