Eco Friendly Solutions for Your Office
Keep your home office as green as the rest of your house by following these simple suggestions:
Go Paperless in Your Home Office
Okay, this is probably impossible for the time being, but you can use less paper. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper in a year. Yikes. Try printing on both sides for a change. To avoid temptation and maximise the effectiveness of your online pages, use the scrapbook option in Firefox or download Desktop Notes. These simple programs will allow you to segregate pages or small snippets of info for later reference without ever printing them out. Saving paper, saves more that the tree itself, it sets off a chain reaction. Less trees are cut, so therefore fuel is not burn’t cutting them, the cut tree is not taken to a factory and processed using fossil fuels. That processed paper is not transported for sale at the cost of the environment, then once you buy, use and throw away, it needs disposing of, just as well this article will make you consider the use of an electrical paper shredder in your office then!
Recycle Used Electronics
Yes, you can have that big, flat panel monitor (If it’s energy star rated, of course.), but find a home for your old monitor first. There are places where you can donate your old electronics or at least dispose of them responsibly. The folks over at usedcomputers.com have a page that will help you find the best way to manage the disposal or hand-off of your old electronic equipment wisely. Oh, and that goes for old batteries too.
Buy a Plant
That spider plant or ivy vine your grandmother keeps in her sitting room may be doing more that cluttering up the windowsill. NASA sponsored a study in the 1980s to discover the effectiveness of using plants to clean indoor air. The results: houseplants absorb dangerous chemicals, like formaldehyde, released from carpet, pressed fibre board and other common indoor materials. Put their natural air filtering power to work for you by keeping a couple of plants near your workspace. Plants are a natural protection that we have since forgot in our concrete jungle.
Turn Off Your Computer at Night
The Alliance to Save Energy reported that American companies spend $2.8 billion dollars every year on energy to power computers that are left on at night when no one’s around. Be kind to the planet by wasting less energy on appliances you’re not using. What was the point in producing all that solar power if we intended to just throw it all away.
While you’re at it, put those other electronic vampires, like anything with an onboard clock that you’re not using as a timer, on a power strip. Cut the power to these energy hogs when you don’t actually need to use them. When you’re ready to replace them, look for the energy star label for electronics that won’t rob you while you’re sleeping.
Insulate your office
Don’t just crank up the heat, treat your office as if you were at home. It’s common knowledge that spend way too long at the office already. Since it’s such an important part of your life, why not invest in correctly insulating and draught proofing it? Window draught proofing is a great place to start, I bet your windows might not even work you’ve left them for so long. Don’t ignore it any further!
Invest in a Shredder
Shredders make good sense. They help protect you from identity thieves, and you can use shredded paper as mulch in the garden. Mulch breaks down extremely quickly as compared with throwing out paper to rot. Worms are encouraged to grow and reproduce when shredded paper is introduced. If the conditions are mildly wet, and temperature range is over frozen, you can make a really nice little eco environment that will certainly help to increase your crop output. Sure, you can put it out for the recycling truck, but isn’t it great that you can take that confetti and make a thriving vegetable patch out of it too? There’s nothing quite like a vegetable patch which is not damaged by chemicals and pesticides these days. Eating non GM produce is close to impossible. I empathise with the farmer, he has no choice, he would be out of business next year if he didn’t use pesticides and chemicals.