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How Green is Your Home Office?

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How Green is Your Home Office?

by Cris Carl, Networx

Manufacturers are embracing a trend towards the production of green products. As a result, it is now easy to move in the direction of “greening” in your home office. While sometimes choices can be far more overwhelming than “paper or plastic,” many businesses and websites are working to educate as well as sell their environmentally friendly products now.

Here are a few things to consider when making your home office greener:

  • Energy use: Turning your electronics off with a power strip and using energy-saving bulbs are two examples.
  • Green office supplies: There are plenty to choose from now.  See below for more info.
  • Recycling bins: Keep them handy and obvious so you’ll use them.
  • E-waste disposal: Nearly everything in your home office will end up in a landfill one day. How are you disposing of your materials (i.e. batteries, computers, toner cartridges, etc.)? Many communities either offer recycling of these types of items at the local transfer station. Also, specialized companies often advertise in the local paper for “drop-off days” for used electronics for a small fee.
  • Lowering your carbon footprint: Keep a list and try to purchase what you need in one trip, or order online to reduce vehicle use.
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8:39AM PST on Dec 1, 2010


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8:37AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Good information but I'm gonna wait complaining at work till after my evaluation ;)

7:06AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

for more green home ideas, check out:

Life in the Eco-Apt

11:22AM PST on Nov 24, 2010

I am sure if we all look around at home or office what will be one of the first things we all see "A BOTTLE OF WATER". Plastic water bottles are one of the worst things that we have ever accepted into our homes and offices on the environment. I would like to say though i have found an answer to this everyday problem "VIVO PLUS FUNCTIONAL" water. VIVO PLUS FUNCTIONAL water comes in a 16.9 ounce 100% BIODEGRADABLE bottle. Even if the bottle is simply put in a trash can it will degrade in 250 days. To learn more about how you can switch your office or homes to more eco friendly environment look at Currently it is sold online and at WAL GREENS in the midwest area as a test market.

2:16AM PST on Nov 21, 2010


5:40AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Where I live has absolutely no facilities for battery disposal but apart from that, I think I can probably achieve the rest. Thanks for the tips.

12:22AM PST on Nov 13, 2010

Nice ideas...thanks!

6:51PM PST on Nov 12, 2010


12:31PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Um...printing on both sides of the page would save money on paper, not ink.

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