Office furnishings

3 ways to Green Your Office furnishings

Many of us spend more time on our offices than we do in our homes, yet we frequently overlook the basic ways to green our work environment.

  1. Choose eco-friendly office chairs

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    Don't fall asleep on the job of greening your office. Office chairs made from recycled and sustainable resources, finished with nontoxic paints and glues, and are recyclable are seeking a full-time position under you.

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  2. Choose desks made from renewable or recycled materials

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    Looking to improve the health of your office? Try this recipe, as an alternative to Mom's homemade chicken noodle, to cure what ails ya: Take some recycled steel, stir in a little reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood, add a pinch of renewable bamboo, and top with VOC-free powder-coat paints.

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  3. Choose eco-friendly workstations

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    Sure, it's where you work hard, but conventional workstations may be hardly working for the earth. Pull the green shift by upgrading to workstations made from recycled or renewable materials and those that will not offgas dangerous chemicals.

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Comments

10/18/2008
2:31pm
peggyfara

Excellent article. Credible certifications are important in office decor, but they can also add an extra 25% to the price tag. If you're a small business, trying to do the right thing and finding the need to prioritize in terms of cost you don't have to disregard anything that's not certified. Many times you can obtain the same green integrity by purchasing your office decor from local, eco conscious businesses who have been following best green practices for years, even tho they may not have obtained third party certifications. Seek out businesses that are willing to discuss their products in terms of sourcing, processing and transportation/fuel impact. You will find that oftentimes, locally sourced wood and furniture for example, are often greener than imported certified products carring the high fuel costs of overseas shipping.
Peggy Farabaugh
http://www.vermontwoodsstudios.com/

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