Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves. Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!
When perched upon our laps, we know our MacBooks can warm our nether regions, so why not use that temp to heat our leftovers??
Green Daily provides a bit of a wake-up call with their 6 Signs of a Green Hypocrite. You may be one too if....
You recycle regularly but use a lot of disposables.
Located in Fort Worth, TX, this 1,051 square foot, two-bedroom casita, designed by BYSP and built by Don Ferrier, is not only green, but it's off the grid too. It features SIP construction, a reflective roof, Weathershield ZoE5 windows and its very own 3.7kW SkyStream
Two professors--one of fashion, the other of science--teamed up to fabricate melting fabric which was then used to make high-end couture-type togs. The dresses are part of a UK touring fashion exhibit entitled 'Wonderland'. The dresses, made of a polymer, are dipped into vessels of water and left to 'melt' into a gel-like substance that can be used to germinate seeds.
So we all know that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, and that’s enough to eschew their usage. However, if you ever needed more specificity to punt the plastic, Green Upgrader has ‘em.
Did you know......
....that plastic bottles take 700 years to even begin composting?
Or that 90% of the cost of the bottle water is due to the bottle itself??
Or that 80% of all plastic bottles used aren’t recycled?
Or that 38 million...
Flushing your toilet with sink water isn’t new, but it’s never been this elegant, which means people might actually choose such an item for aesthetic reasons rather than ecological ones. Either way, Mother Nature will be pleased.
Blend age-old building techniques with a 21st century vibe and you get some extraordinary structures. Although made of earth and straw, no modern convenience seems to be missing.
Switching over to CFL light bulbs can be a bit startling. First there’s the cost. You just have to remind yourself that they’re going to last A LOT longer than regular incandescent bulbs and use less energy to get over that one. Next is the color. When CFLs first came out, they emitted a fairly harsh blue light. Luckily, now there are a variety of CFLs on the market including ones that produce a softer, more incandescent light.
Tip Nut has an excellent list of 20 things you can use before you throw them away. Some of my favorites are refrigerating butter wrappers to use to ‘grease’ baking pans, using tissue boxes as plastic bag dispensers and turning plastic strawberry baskets into totally awesome homemade bubble machines! For the entire list–including links–visit Tip Nut.
So you've switched from paper or plastic and gone to reusable grocery bags. If you haven't yet done so, it's now time to ditch non-recyclable plastic produce bags for something a bit more earth-friendly too. A great alternative to them are the fabulous BYO Bags. They’re made of a lightweight nylon mesh that’s not only breathable, but durable, washable, quick drying and, of course, reusable. I found my set of 3–one small, one medium and one large...
Triple the life expectancy of a roof membrane? How about reduce air-conditioning load up to 25%? Besides these cost-saving factors, garden roofs also reduce noise pollution, reduce stress via horticultural therapy, provide habitat to wildlife and a spot to grow food. These are just a few reasons, that we might consider greening up our roofs. And if you think you need a flat roof for a garden, you’d be wrong. Apparently rooftops with a pitch of...
After spotting Home Soap Household Cleaner at the co-op, I decided to give it a try. After all, it’s purported to be the most versatile soap ever made. What does it clean? Just about anything you can think of, but the label suggests trying it on:
the barbeque grill
and the dog
Made of ‘a blend of purified water, coconut derived surfactants and pure essential oil...
Not surprisingly, the website Water Use it Wisely is all about water conservation. What is surprising is that it makes adopting a water management plan fun. You can simply click on the 100 water-saving tips page, or you might want to take a home water audit, then click on the monthly planner which offers a year full of conservation tips. Follow them all and by the end of 12 months, you'll be a water conservation expert. And just for the...
Look into your garbage can: see anything that might still have some life left to it? Here's fourteen suggestions from the Simple Dollar to use your refuse in new and creative ways.
Use covers from issues of The New Yorker as gift wrapping.
Add used dryer sheets to your stored clothes.
Make kitchen scrubbers with rubber bands from the Sunday paper and the mesh wrapping from fruit.
Use orange and lemon peels as air fresheners.
Use empty Kleenex...
Communications design agency Thomas Matthews designs sustainably, which they define via their manifesto. Here it is in ‘rule’ form.
- Use friendly materials
- Save energy
- Share new ideas (through Curbly!)
- Design to last
- Stay local, buy ethical
- Support what you believe
- Inspire, have fun (on Curbly!)
- Save money
For further information regarding Thomas Matthews’ manifesto, visit their website.
Image from 'Do All The Good You Can' at Allposters.
"Your Construction Connection" tool site Toolbarn.com has assembled a list of suggestions of (moderately) simple DIY tips to make your house a little more environmentally friendly. Some of them are pretty obvious, and a couple are repeats, but there's a few gems worth pursuing.
- Install solar panels
- Use compact flourescent bulbs
- Roof improvements
- Use motion detector lighting
- Don't waste water
- Use a low-flow shower head
- Aluminum storm door
Gray water is another term for the used water that goes down our sinks, tubs and shower drains. Black water is another term for the water ‘and stuff’ that goes down our toilets. Now, with the Aqus Toilet System, available through Vivavi, we can accumulate the grey water from our bathroom sinks and use it to flush our toilets–thereby turning grey into black. According to the website, using the recycling system ‘can reduce water usage in a...
Have a look at Altered Cloth's collection of patterns, instructions, and tutorials for making your own reusable bags.