If you’re anything like me, you spend lots of time in your home office. Hello, I am a blogger! In fact, my entire family has an array of computers and devices. But as a green Mom, I started wondering if all this printing and device turn-over was harmful to the environment. The answer is YES! That’s when I got to thinking, “there must be a better way!” Together, let’s Create an Eco-Friendly Home Office.
Living in an Eco-Friendly home is a great thing. It feels good to keep our planet healthy and sustainable, AND it also saves us money. So, if your journey into healthy living hasn’t crept into your office yet…maybe it should.
Simple Tips to Create an Eco-Friendly Home Office
- Purchase a power strip and turn it off when not in use
- Everything that connects to your computer drains energy. Even when you’re not using your computer, it’s pulling energy: speakers, printers etc. Turning everything off with the single switch of a power bar makes it simple to save energy AND MONEY!
- Reuse and Recycle
- We tend to think of reusing and recycling as a term for kitchen utensils and scraps, but there are plenty of ways to reuse and recycle office materials.
- Keep a Recycling Bin in your office.
- Printer Cartridge Remanufacturing
- Reduce electronic waste by choosing high-quality printer cartridge remanufacturing.
- Choose Eco-friendly Lighting
- When working in a home office, be sure to take advantage of natural light when possible.
- If you must use indoor lighting, choose LED and CFL Bulbs.
- Add Indoor Plants to Improve Air Quality
- Adding plants to your living space can greatly improve air quality and what’s more green than plants, really?!
Printer Cartridge Remanufacturing
Have you ever stopped to think about where all those old computers, printers, cartridges, smart phones and tablets end up? I can’t even imagine how much electronic waste these hunks of metal create. I came across some shocking statistics from the UN University that by 2017, the global volume of discarded computers, televisions, cell phones, and other electronic devices will weigh as much as 65.4 million tons annually. That’s the equivalent of almost 200 Empire State Buildings. SHOCKING! 🙁
Unfortunately, printers are a huge contributor to the problem since they use ink and toner cartridges, aside from the fact that they also need other consumables like paper products.
Earth Share estimates that more than 400,000 tons of plastic and metal can be kept out of our landfills each year if people simply chose recycled or remanufactured cartridges over brand new ones.
How Ink Cartridges are Remanufactured: Companies like Carrot Ink take your used ink cartridges and thoroughly clean, dry, refill, and re-seal them with state-of-the-art equipment. This is entirely different from the cartridges that receive basic quick refills. This produces a much higher quality remanufactured printer cartridges, which are more dependable than cartridges that receive basic quick refills.
- Print only when it is absolutely necessary.
- Reuse all paper sheets that are still in good condition.
- If one side of the paper has been printed on, but the sheet is not torn and has no creases on it, use the other side. Don’t just let it go to waste!
- Find paper products that are made from post-consumer recycled fibers.
- If the paper is made from virgin pulp, at least make sure that it’s from “purpose grown” trees, meaning the source or manufacturer replaces the harvested trees with new plantings so as to make the production process environmentally sustainable. The label will usually tell you if the paper is sourced from responsibly managed forests, so always make it a point to read the fine print.
- Consider using economical fonts that are created to help users save ink.
- Ecofont has tiny holes on its letters and numerals. The holes are not too visible when the text is printed, and you get to save as much as 50% of your ink because of them. It’s a really simple yet clever idea!
- See if your device manufacturers offer a materials recovery program.
- Some companies allow their customers to drop off old electronics and empty cartridges in facilities that can process these waste materials for recycling.
There are so many ways to create an Eco-friendly Home Office. Changing your printing habits is a great place to start. Take time to consider what and when you print and take advantage of economical fonts and recycled ink cartridges. Together we can save the planet, one piece of paper and ink cartridge at a time! 😀
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