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If you work full-time in from home office, you are already doing a good thing for the planet by avoiding a daily commute. Driving to work, and even taking public transportation, can add carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2007, one telecommuting program consisting of 3,609 home worker helped save over 613,000 gallons of gas, prevent 9,600 tons of carbon emissions, and save over $1.8 million annually in fuel costs.

Home offices don’t generate as much paper usage as large businesses, but they still tend to generate a lot of printer paper that gets discarded. Buying recycled paper has a number of benefits. It takes 24 large trees to produce a ton of virgin fiber paper. It takes 1.1 tons of waste paper to produce a ton of 100% recycled paper. And paper that’s 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) uses about 75% less water in production than its virgin-fiber counterpart.

When choosing furniture for your office, you might consider pieces that are from reclaimed materials. In addition, be aware of how much of the furniture you buy can ultimately be recycled.

Botanical Paperworks Plantable Business Cards

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Botanical PaperWorks is a world-leading producer of eco-friendly seed paper products that grow into wildflowers, herbs or vegetables.

Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper that is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed for this paper!) and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers, herbs or vegetables, and no waste. In addition, the eco-friendly seed paper products are packaged in corn plastic that biodegrades when composted.

Their Plantable Business Cards come in a number of formats and are all customizable with your logo. They make a positive impression on anyone who cares about climate change and protecting the earth.

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Each year, Botanical Paperworks ships enough seeds to provide a blooming, natural habitat for bees, butterflies, and birds that could stretch from sea to sea and cover all of North America.

Humanscale Ergonomic Office Chair

The people at Humanscale are tackling the problem of footprints, and the possibilities of handprints, in their design and manufacturing of ergonomic office tools.

“Footprints are the damage we do by consuming resources and emitting pollution. No matter how small, they are still a negative impact. Measuring handprints – or positive impact – follows the same logic as measuring footprints. When added together, footprints and handprints determine an organization’s net impact. They show us whether we’re doing more good than harm, and leaving the world better off. When measuring our net impact, we look at the entire life cycle.”

To produce their environmentally friendly Smart Ocean chair, Humanscale began a partnership with Bureo — an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution. In 2013, Bureo founded Chile’s first fishing net collection and recycling program, Net Positiva. Nets are cleaned, mechanically shredded and pelletized to produce Bureo’s ‘NetPlus’ material. These pellets are used to manufacture quality products such as skateboards, sunglasses and now — for the first time ever — an ergonomic task chair.

Smart Ocean is the embodiment of Humanscale’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing. Each chair incorporates almost 2 pounds of recycled fishing net material that originates from Bureo’s Net+Positiva program, and is Living Product certified — meeting the most rigorous sustainable manufacturing criteria to date.

“Reducing footprints is a great place to start, but a tragic place to stop.”
Greg Norris, Chief Scientist, ILFI, and Director, SHINE@MIT

DID YOU KNOW

According to Greenpeace, more than 640,000 tons of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every year, the same weight as 55,000 double-decker buses.

Haiku Designs Bamboo Chair Mat

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Haiku Designs has introduced eco-friendly style to what was formerly an unattractive and purely functional accessory: the plastic chair mat. Naturally elegant bamboo is more durable than a plastic mat and adds an organic touch to any area.

Made from 100% Moso Bamboo harvested in the Anji Mountains, the mat has been kiln dried to ensure it doesn’t crack or absorb moisture. Strong as steel, bamboo is such an attractive, remarkable natural product, requiring very little resources to regrow. This mat rolls up for portability.

This product is made with environmentally friendly materials and coating. The kiln dried and moisture resistant mat has a premium UV cured finish and comes complete with felt backing to prevent slipping.

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Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years. Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants.

Iameco Sustainable Computer

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75% of all the electricity consumed in the home is standby power used to keep electronics running when they are “off.” The average desktop computer consumes from 60 to 250 watts a day. Compared with a machine left on 24/7, a computer that is in use four hours a day and turned off the rest of the time would save you about $70 a year. The carbon impact would be even greater. Shutting it off would reduce the machine’s CO2 emissions 83%, to just 63 kg a year.

DECOMPOSITION BOOK

Michael Roger, a family-owned and operated company since 1949, designs and produces eco-conscious products with a whimsical, fashion-forward aesthetic. They use eco-friendly methods and materials for each project and manufacture our products here in the USA whenever possible. Decomposition Book® is their most recognizable product, but they have expanded the Decomposition® brand into other stationery categories and beyond. They continually work to add attractive, useful, well-designed and Earth-friendly products to their growing line.

The company offers over 100 notebooks designs, all printed on 100% post consumer waste paper stock. They also offer greeting cards, sketchbooks and totes.

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One-hundred percent post-consumer waste is the eco-friendliest paper stock. The term itself refers to a type of recycled paper that’s made entirely from post-consumer waste, which is waste that people have actually used and recycled instead of discarding to landfills.