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Earth Day is always a great opportunity to think about how our habits affect the environment, especially after a year-long pandemic that had many of us spending extended time at home. It’s never too late to start reconsidering your environmental impact, and re-evaluating your routine to better help the planet.
Commuting less definitely reduces your carbon footprint, but have you looked into building an environmentally conscious home office? There are plenty of great companies that prioritize the reduction of waste and emissions, to make sustainable furniture and office supplies. From reclaimed wood desks and recycled aluminum chairs to notebooks and pens made from grass and sugarcane, everyone can find something to make their work routine a little greener. Below, find our favorite eco-friendly home office gear, so you can sleep well tonight knowing that you did the right thing for the planet. And for more eco-friendly finds, read our recommendations for turning your office into a creative sanctuary.
You can never have too many notebooks, and these adorable designs from Mintra Office are 100 percent sustainable. The paper is made from sugarcane, the cover comes from recycled materials, and the ink is even vegetable based! Stock up on a variety pack today, and you can help save the planet while looking cool in your next Zoom meeting.
Cork is one of the most environmentally friendly materials available because it’s harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, which means you don’t have to cut down or kill a tree to acquire it. There are plenty of great cork products you can buy, ranging from stools to bulletin boards, but this stylish laptop sleeve lets you broadcast your environmentalism to the world. Any time you can use sustainable resources to make a bold fashion statement is a good day in our book.
Humanscale treats lumbar support like an art form, taking pride in its minimalist designs that maximize comfort. And they use recycled materials in both their chairs and the packaging, so you can feel good about how good it makes you feel. The Freedom chair is shaped like the human body and specifically designed for long stretches of sitting. That makes it perfect for workaholics and gamers alike.
In addition to using recycled materials in their chairs, Herman Miller’s factory runs on green energy. That means your carbon footprint is basically limited to the delivery truck that brings it to your house! The Aeron chair sports a timeless design and plenty of comfort and support, so it’s a great long term purchase that you can enjoy for years to come.
In addition to caring about the environment, we need to remember to take care of our personal health as well, and here’s a way to do both. Working from a stand up desk is great for your posture, and relieve stress from your back, neck and shoulders. MojoDesk makes some of the best adjustable desks, and their factory relies heavily on solar power. The finishes are also Greenguard certified, meaning they don’t emit many volatile organic compounds during the manufacturing process. For a bit fancier (and pricier) option, check out this amazing adjustable standing desk from Humanscale.
If you need some storage in your office, check out this reclaimed wood bookshelf that’s as eco-friendly as it is stylish. All of the wood was taken from old barns and refurbished, so you can take comfort knowing your purchase did not contribute to any deforestation.
If you liked that Walker Edison bookshelf, but want something that looks better in the background of your Zoom meetings, this vertical model might be the shelf for you. The tall, narrow design looks good in just about any room. Set it up behind your computer, cover it with your favorite books, and you have an eco-friendly Zoom background.
TRUEGRASSES is a great brand that helps ensure every step of your work routine is as sustainable as possible. They make beautiful notebooks from paper made of grass pulp, and their pens are made of straw fiber and recycled plastic. This stationary set makes a great gift, or you can use it to take handwritten notes at work.