Home Office



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

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…
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Humanscale Ergonomic Office Chair

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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…
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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…
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