How green is your home office?

Published On: Jun 26 2012 10:59:07 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2012 10:39:14 AM CDT

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:

 

Light Green, Medium Green and Dark Green

A concept that is growing in the business and environmental worlds is the idea of easing your way into better choices for the environment. Now there is no longer just the term “green”, but “light green,” “medium green” and “dark green.” One company gives an excellent example of how to view the shades of green concept: Think of a coffee cup that is 10 percent recycled material as light green; a biodegradable coffee cup as medium green; and a stainless steel travel mug as dark green. The same example plays out for any number of products, such as paper. You can buy paper that is made without chlorine, 30 percent recycled paper, or 100 percent recycled paper. Some companies even offer plastic tabs on file folders that are PVC-free. The good news is, buying green is now becoming a good way to save money as well.

Saving Money on Green Office Supplies

Supply and demand has brought down costs for green office supplies and has improved techniques for remanufacturing used products. There are companies devoted to remanufacturing ink jet and toner cartridges. Consider that it takes a half-gallon of oil to produce one toner cartridge weighting approximately 2.5 pounds. Remanufacturing keeps plastics and metals out of the landfills.

Other companies specialize in salvage and surplus. Purchasing from these types of companies saves you money and again, keeps dangerous items out of landfills.

Save Electricity in Your Home Office

Greening your home office can be a process of learning and taking small steps, but now it’s easier than ever.

Source: http://www.networx.com/article/how-green-is-your-home-office