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Create A Healthy Home Office

Whether you’re bringing work home or organizing your bills and daily schedule, your home office should be a stress-free zone that promotes creativity, concentration and clarity.

| November/December 2008

  • When you need to file, use recycled ecobinders. Keep track of your calendar with an Envi marketboard from Acco Brands.
    Michelle Galins
  • Natural light, houseplants and a cup of fair trade, organic coffee make working from home easy on you and the environment.
  • Keep your workstation simple yet chic. Earthy paint colors and original artwork foster creative thinking, while living plants breath new energy into the space.
  • Opt for recycled pens and papers when going all-electronic isn't an option.
    MIchelle Galins
  • Staple-less staplers have a fun, futuristic look.
    Photo Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

More than 20 million Americans work from home a couple of days a week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means added energy use from lights and office equipment and extra paper consumption from sticky notes, calendars and to-do lists.

But it doesn’t have to. Greening the home office is easy with a few simple steps. If you’re looking to give your workspace an eco-makeover, these tips can help create an inviting, calming office that balances professional and environmental needs.

1. Phase out paper.
We can’t make bills disappear, but we can make paper bills disappear. Sign up for e-billing with credit and utility companies, and create a spreadsheet to keep track of bills. Also register for online banking to eliminate paper statements.

If you’re addicted to your e-mail or Blackberry, filing your bills through e-mail may be a good solution. Many e-mail providers offer labeling systems for important documents. Google’s Gmail offers a color-coded labeling system that makes it easy to organize monthly e-bills. If you prefer a more traditional method, pick up an eco-friendly wipe-off board to keep track of bills. Acco Brands makes a Cradle-to-Cradle-certified dry-erase board, available at office supply stores for about $20.



Finally, if old files are taking up precious space, recycle them or shred them to use as packing material. Some recycling centers do not accept shredded paper.

2. Perfect your printing.
Keep printing to a minimum. When it’s unavoidable, decrease margin sizes and use both sides of the paper. Salvage sheets with errors for scrap paper. Many suppliers carry 100 percent recycled, Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper. Wood alternatives such as hemp or organic cotton papers are also available.

Jerald
8/15/2014 11:24:22 AM

I dispose of and destroy my paper bills with a https://www.shreddygogo.com. It is the best and one oft he safest ways to dispose of them.




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