Not everyone can buy a Prius, but most admins can make office purchases that have a positive impact on the planet:
Planet Pleaser by SKM Industries: A low-toxicity correction fluid that won’t harm the ozone layer: $1.79; www.skmproducts.com/.
“Grow-A-Note” by Green Field Paper: After reading the thank you or happy birthday messages printed on these cards made from 100% post-consumer waste, the recipient can plant the card, which will decompose as embedded wildflower seeds grow: $15 for four; www.greenfieldpaper.com/.
Seating by Izzydesign: The fabric, foam and glue in these beautifully designed chairs emit low levels of toxins: www.izzydesign.com/.
ThrashCan by Bean Products: Flexible and modern looking, this trash bin is made out of reclaimed automobile tire rubber. With this by your desk, you’ll never forget to recycle: $29; www.beanproducts.com/.
As for office paper, you can easily find paper at big-box office supply stores made from 30% post-consumer fiber. But here’s an even greener, high-quality choice:
Enviro 100 by Cascades: This bright-white paper is made from 100% post-consumer fiber. It is bleached without chlorine, which means that no hazardous byproducts were released during whitening. (What you save by using 40 cartons of recycled paper versus virgin paper: 17 mature trees.) $47 for 5,000 sheets; www.environmentalbychoice.com/.