questionsgreen products to use at work ?


At my work, we have a "sustainablity committee" that looks at everything in the whole operation in a effort to go green. CFL's everywhere, cooler thermostat settings in winter and warmer in winter, biodegradable cleaning agents for the custodial crews, and recycling everything that can be recycled.

As for your commute, maybe carpooling in a hybrid auto?


To be the "greenest" does it have to be made from recycled goods and perform a function that is also recycling or producing a recycled byproduct?

Mike Rowe probably has the best answer but...

We sell recycled rubber composite keyboard wrist rests and mouse pads.


we recycle everything. Being the public agency who wrote the code on recycling we have to kind of abide by that code and be the example. I am waiting for them to start a worm bin outside for us to recycle our lunch waste in. Although it would be a rather large one for a building this size, but how awesome would that be?

Greenest way to commute. If you can would be to carpool with others who are going your way. See if there is a van pool or start one. Or Ride the public transit if one exists. Ask the office for a flexible work schedule if the public transit doesn't arrive at 'just the right time'.


The makeup of the product is not important. It is the best 'idea' to make the office greener without spending money.

Call me crazy but wouldn't it be green to expend no energy to get to work ? ie just sleep at the office then I arrived the greenest way using no energy at all.


Second part first....

@djbowman said, "Call me crazy but wouldn't it be green to expend no energy to get to work?"


@djbowman said, "ie just sleep at the office then I arrived the greenest way using no energy at all."

You were SO close with the first sentence (I can't believe no one has suggested this yet):

Telecommute - work from home. Even if you only work from home once or twice a week, that would quickly add up for you with your long drive.

And if managers are stuck in the 19th Century and need more convincing, you can point out that they will suffer lower absenteeism because more employees can still "make it to work" during inclement weather or when a child (or the employee) is sick at home.

As for the office challenge, get a water dispenser if you don't already have one, and give all employees reusable water bottles. That will reduce the amount of bottled water being bought (and bottles disposed of) and could save employees some money, too.


One company I worked for changed the lights to work with sensors. If nobody is is moving in the room, the lights shut themselves off after a certain amount of time. Sometimes if you are working 2nd or 3rd shift and they don't put a sensor in your area, they go out!
They used fluorescent lights with anti-glare covers.


Most often overlooked part of reduce-reuse-recycle is reuse.

You can get a lot of good used office furniture or floor sample closeouts that will save you money but also help the environment by buying previously used items instead of ordering new items from the factory. is one local liquidator if you are in NY metro region