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Enter to Win a SAYL Task Chair from Herman Miller (Worth $749)!

by , 04/24/11

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HAPPY EARTH THURSDAY INHABITAT READERS!

If you’ve been reading Inhabitat, you know that we’re celebrating Earth Day in a big way with our Earth Week Giveaway. In addition to offering up a super cleaning package from Method and Casabella, a luxe Eco-Wise wool throw from Pendelton and a super plush Ultra Shag Shaw Rug we’ve teamed up with MBDC to give one lucky reader this drool-worthy SAYL Task Chair from Herman Miller (worth $749*)! An envy inducing design created with the help of Yves Béhar, and inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge, the SAYL is made of 21% recycled content and can be easily disassembled for refurbishing and recycling. And with an intelligent frameless back support, this new Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver product is designed to adapt to a person’s shape and movements all while giving the proper support. The lucky winner of this fabulous chair will also get to choose his or her own specs! Enter to win today!

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With the SAYL, Herman Miller together with Yves Béhar set out to design and build a chair family that defies convention. Inspired by the principles of suspension bridges, the frameless back of the SAYL Task Chair encourages a full range of movement while the suspension back material keeps you cool—all with an extremely small environmental impact. Earth Day, Earth Week, MBDC, Cradle to Cradle certified, Cradle to Cradle philosophy, Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough, giveaways, free stuff, win this, green giveaways, earth day giveaways, earth week giveaways, earth day prizes, earth week prizes, earth month

Developed by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle design recognizes the complex, abundant processes of nature’s ecosystems, or ‘biological metabolism,‘ but also articulates a parallel ‘technical metabolism’ for human industry. Both metabolisms can be characterized by eco-effective, continuous flows of materials, energy and water, and whole-community mutualism. The Cradle to Cradle design framework moves beyond the goal of only reducing an organization’s negative impacts (eco-efficiency), to provide an engaging vision for executives and comprehensive strategies for managers to create a wholly positive footprint on the planet – environmental, social and economic (eco-effectiveness). The Cradle to Cradle philosophy can apply to anything from houses to companies and to consumer products as well.

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  1. bjesquire April 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Look out for the elephant in the room! Consumption.

  2. tlee April 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    To create a greener office environment, I think we all need to control our paper use. Recycling paper is awesome and great, but I think we all need to look at how much paper we actually need to use. For example, does a “hard copy” need to printed, how many copies of something actually need to be made, and if forms/invoices can be submitted electronically. Oh, and buy recycled paper too :)

  3. lannachi April 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Stop the paper trail – there is no need when we have documents that can be emailed, servers that are backed up, and most everything that’s printed only ends up back in the computer.

  4. geppers April 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    dont print

  5. Somadu April 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Bike to work!

  6. DoubleDubbs April 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Being green is about having a small footprint, not about having the devices and products with the lowest footprint. Therefore, the best way to be green, in the office or elsewhere, is to use what you already have, or to buy a used product that might otherwise end up in the trash. So long as your office products still work, and aren’t powered by dolphin tears, keep them a little longer. When your printer runs low on ink, don’t buy new cartridges, take them to a store that will exchange them for re-filled cartridges. It’s cheaper and better for the planet.

    All that being said, this poor student needs a new chair, and even used, Herman Miller isn’t cheap.

  7. Meech April 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Its important not to forget the other two “R”s when thinking green. Reducing and reusing require no energy (unlike recycling) and give you great bang for your buck. We’re huge fans on envirosax reusable bags in our office, double-sided printing, natural light, and led bulbs. Our leftover art materials are donated as well as our old computers (or recycled through the lesecologgycenter.org program). We’ve also cut out energy bill a third by being smarter about scheduling our servers to power down and installing auto shut-off power strips on our laser printers. Small steps indeed, but the savings are encouraging us to do more!

  8. junehouse April 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” – Art Williams

  9. jazwoman April 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I work as a freelance bookkeeper and I try to save everything as a .pdf file for my clients rather than printing out reams of paper. I have some clients whose work I do from my home, so I eliminate as many travel trips as possible, and when I do travel to a client’s for work, I bundle as many errands as possible into the same trip to eliminate lots of driving.

  10. cjrob April 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Make environmentalism enjoyable, engaging and enviable. There are lists of ways be greener at the office or at home, but the main need is often an attidude shift. Reduce, reuse, recycle, regenerate, and recreate. Celebrate Conservation!

  11. Selin April 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Beautiful chair! My favorite tips for a greener office: plants at every desk for clean breathing, no buying water bottles! metal water bottles all the way. Maybe a compost bins outside outside the office too :)

  12. RunawayOctober April 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    After shredding important documents and whatnot, we always use the shreds in the garden or in the composter.

  13. kmueller88 April 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Offer initiatives to employees who make an efforts to make the workplace more environmentally friendly. Encourage riding a bike to the office or carpooling. Also, push to go digital. The more digitized the office is, the more less paper will be used.

  14. lindafox5 April 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    One thing we can all do is go to the MBDC website and check out the certified products list. Then, make an effort to support these companies who are moving forward to a new and better way of making things. Incorporate these products into the office: hand soaps and cleaning products like Method, carpeting by Shaw, chairs like Hermann Miller, install quick-dry hand dryers rather than paper towels, encourage use of refillable bottles, rather than recyclable plastic; eliminate artificial fragrances and air fresheners, increase access to fresh air, and use the employee break room to highlight locally-grown/made products!

  15. okcomputer42 April 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    What a beautiful, futuristic chair! It would totally compliment my home office, Inhabitat ;) The way I keep my office green is by keeping plenty of plants thriving around. I keep my windows open wide letting in sunshine to keep my plants happy in turn keeping me happy. :)

  16. valeriek1 April 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    print less…save files and do electronic back ups often!

  17. Mire76 April 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    For the office:
    I’m sitting on a borrowed Herman Miller Aeron chair – it’s a great chair and C2C too – amazing! Also I have a Smart Strip that allows my various electricity sucking devices to only take what they need when they are actually being used. My printer uses 100% tree free paper – made with sugar cane and bamboo and the tea and coffee I drink throughout the day are certified fair trade and organic (the leaves and coffee grounds go into the compost).

    For the home:
    Right now I’m washing my clothes with Soap Nuts then drying them on a fold-up clothes-line I got from Ikea. Our food waste goes into the compost that then goes into our small condo garden. I make household cleaner from vinegar and essential oils and refill my spray bottles with the mixture for all purpose cleaning.

    My master thesis is a reality show about building a regenerative home within the suburbs – so day and night I think about promoting the sustainable lifestyle and have made it my life’s mission to make a difference in this area. :)

    Cheers!

  18. Aurla April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Bring a small set of leftover dishware – I have a mug, tall cup, bowl, plate, and cheap but sturdy silverware at my desk. This prevents me from using plastic and paper at meals, and I just rinse and lay flat to dry saving paper towels. REUSE REUSE REUSE!

    We also switched all of our old monitors to LCD ones that use less energy and are easier on the eyes.

  19. centralspiritualsun April 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I work in an office for sustainability at an institution of higher education: Appalachian State University, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. Every year we have the opportunity to education an entirely new set of graduates for the future. We endear our students best when we educate them to learn how to think critically about decision-making implications for sustainability. When our office was created 20 months ago, we salvaged ALL of our office equipment, saving the university/state about $35,000. 20 months into the program, my desk chair is not doing my back justice and I NEED a new one! I’d be so honored to be gifted a Herman Miller chair! Thanks!

  20. Alulim April 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    How do we create a greener and healthier office? Easy, the same way we make the rest of our lives green and healthy.

    Be conscious of what you do and what you use. Listening to yourself and taking responsibility will always lead to better choices.

    Bring Nature in, a little literal green wont just give you fresh air and boost your mood, it also helps remind us of the bigger picture and the larger responsibilities we have to ourselves, each other and our (only) environment.

    And of course, as always:

    Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. (there are so many ways in an office!)

    You may not be able to control every aspect of your office but you can control you, and that’s the most important place to start.

  21. Alulim April 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    How do you Create a more healthy and green Office? Its Easy! you do it the same way you create a more healthy and green life!

    Be conscious of what you do and what you use, Listening to yourself and taking responsibility will lead to better choices

    Bring Nature in! not only will some plants add some fresher air and literal green too your office space, but bringing in aspects of nature can help remind us of the bigger picture, and our responsibility to ourselves, each other and our environment.

    and of course,

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

  22. nick9809 April 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Surround yourself with plants! That’s my recommendation. I have over 15 plant species in my room and they filter my air, keep the air healthy, and make the room look beautiful. Good luck to everyone!

  23. sonnuvaguinn April 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Don’t give people a hard time about being sweaty after biking to work! Keep a fragrant flower potted at your desk if I stink too much.

  24. kabe3e April 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Keep some real plates, cups and silverware in the pantry for employees to use.

    No more using plastic silverware when you forget to bring a spoon for your soup and no more wasting paper plates for that rare office pizza party.

    Also, encourage everyone to shut their computers off at night, not just turn off their monitors as they rush out the door. That bit of energy savings can add up!

  25. tennyson April 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Love the products I have used so far.

  26. ricdai April 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I’m a student. I think greener offices will be possible of course using the less paper and pens we need, add to recycle bins, but also increasing glass surfaces on biuldings or just sending in offices natural light: it will help heating with the sunlight in winter and getting the sunlight in the office (dropping the need of artificial lighting). In ancient era, in southern Italy, they used systems of canalyzations to keep rooms cool, just using natural air; why don’t reuse that technology or something similar, it’s very old, but it worked ! Unfortunately computers are the main cause of current consumption, so I also think offices can use solar panels or eolic energy to supply energy. Companies should also encourage employees using non or low polluttant vehicles, such as bikes and buses. To finish the comment, I think every company should become more and more “green”, and educate employees to a greener way of working and of life, not just for them, especially for their sons.

  27. garudatx April 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    What an awesome chair and a great website, I check out the latest at least once a week!
    - James

  28. nantuckettiechic April 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Bring your lunch in a furoshiki cloth with a steel water bottle. No waste. Fun to trade.

  29. nikki-cap April 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Office Geen Tip: I wanted to share a green tip that many people may not think of. So many packages go in and out of offices everyday. Tip #1 re-use your packages. Tip #2 use a paper shredder. Use your paper shreds to stuff your packages rather than tissue, foam or plastic. You can also use your paper shreds when wrapping a gift, rather than using tissue paper that always gets thrown away. Thank you. This is a wonderful way to celebrate earth day. I am enjoying reading everyones tips.

  30. momof4 April 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Awesome chair! Plants make an office space healthier, IMO

  31. sezouli April 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    So incredible!

  32. julierenee April 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    The easiest way to create a greener environment is to make better decisions about what we choose to surround ourselves with. Green products are often more expensive, but are also typically better made, longer lasting, and better for your health and your home. Committing to a greener lifestyle is not always easy, but it is worth it!

  33. hermano April 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    My name is Hermann, my nickname is Hermano and this chair was designed by Herman Miller. That’s not just by chance. It’s destiny. We belong together!

  34. rubytom April 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Spiffy looking chair

  35. sg.one April 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Being a recent college graduate, entering the “working life” has been a big change from free-roaming student, to 8 hours a day of sitting! One green and healthy tip (that worked great for my office) would be the start of a wellness program. Nothing is a bigger detriment to a company than the health and productivity of its workers. We started off small with walking to a nearby park to eat lunch, but have expanded to encouraging alternative commuting practices to work, as well as engaging with the community for sustainable causes (we just hosted a beach cleanup for earth day!).
    Once you give people the opportunity to engage in sustainable practices, the opportunities and suggestions from there are endless!

  36. asdrexler April 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    no more plastics for food and drink! reusing ceramic or stainless dishes, cups/mugs and silverware makes it healthier (less risk from chemicals) and more “green” (less waste). suggestions for good products?

  37. beanyone April 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    replace chairs with hybrid bicycle-office chairs so that you can exercise while working and harvest that energy to power on office/cubicle station lights

  38. Operarose April 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I work in a home office that for months has been giving me serious back and shoulder problems because I don’t have a proper work chair. Always green-conscious (I never print, always recycle, and minimize use of lights,) I don’t want to buy a cheap, environmentally unfriendly chair but I also don’t have the budget for the environmentally conscious Sayl. As a long time inhabitat reader and Herman Miller admirer I know this is the perfect opportunity for me to win something that is green, has beautiful design and would help me recover and feel good all around!

  39. ElectricCarMuse April 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    When I worked for Clean Agency, a company based on Cradle to Cradle practices, we all sat in Herman Miller chairs and it was the MOST COMFORTABLE seating I’ve ever enjoyed at any office. I have 3 lower lumbar that are fused together (my Chiropractor called it an anomaly!) so I need firm yet comfortable support or I suffer in pain. I would REALLY LOVE to win this chair – not only for its fabulous ergonomic design – it’s WAY COOL! Thanks for this opportunity and Happy Earth Day :-)

  40. benBeauvais April 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I use my iPad instead of printed materials. Not only does it cut down on waste, but then I also ALWAYS have the document I am looking for with me!

  41. agerstein April 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    In addition to printing anything I need over one page duplex – or even 2-up and duplex if it’s a big document – I go around the office before I leave to make sure others have turned off their displays. Because of the work we do, computers sometimes need to be left on, but if you’re not using it, then why waste the power to light the LED on the sleeping display?

  42. scottsullivan April 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    enforce a strict ‘no disposable water bottle’ policy.

  43. Mary Pat Crozier April 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Start small/aim big!
    Analyze the office or home for ways to conserve the earth’s natural resources. Pick a place to begin improving your surroundings and life: Conserve fuels, reduce consumable products, recycle, try local food production, and/or improve your surroundings to generate more people power.
    1. Consolidate trips for work, shopping and entertainment
    2. Eliminate phantom electrical load-unplug unused appliances
    3. Replace throw-a-way dishes and utensils
    4. Plant a container garden, start with herbs or tomatoes
    5. Add daylight to your life by sharing a window with a
    coworker, adding a light tube, or taking a walk

  44. puremaine April 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Awesome chair! Working late doesn’t sound so bad anymore!

    Tip: Move to Maine, just voted most peaceful state! Impossible you say, then surround yourself with plants – low cost, natural air filters with added bonus of reducing stress.

  45. griffin April 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    In my home office (already as efficient and green a space as possible without adding solar power) we drink only beer from the excellent local microbrewery. And we recycle the bottles. I’ll feel bad being the only one with a nice chair. Can I win two of them so that my partner is not jealous?

  46. lorikir April 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Surrounding yourself at work or home with well-designed spaces and things is super “green”. Great design stands the test of time, is not trendy and will be around for years to come.

  47. bsinclair April 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    If you work in a windowless cave (or live in one. It’s NYC), using dried plants are a great way to bring a little life into a dark place. I bought some dried amaranthus at Sprout Home in Williamsburg, and they’ve turned our common space into a veritable fern gully. Here’s a link to an online distributor. http://www.nettletonhollow.com/hanging-amaranthus.html

  48. asthenight April 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Want a greener office? Stop printing. Just stop it.

  49. matthieu April 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    make the things easier, and to know how if your suceed : see if the process lovet hate your project and see if the inspired people like it

  50. piepie April 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Instigate a “best plant desk display” contest among employees. Green growing inspires!

  51. ShawnaMichelle April 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Office environments can be greener by having it’s workers set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when leaving for the day as standby settings will continue to draw power even when not in use.

  52. awade April 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    use smaller trash cans at your desk to make you more aware of the waste you produce daily and hopefully make you reduce your trash foot print. Other ways to make your office more green, implement a recycling program and encourage people to participate, even if this means having prizes to the department that recycles the most. A small way to be green is to ask caterers to provide only recyclable materials in their packaging and use cups that can be washed instead of plastic or styrofoam cups.

  53. MozMan68 April 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I work in a “bunker”…any product that helps lighten up this “hole” would be a welcome addition!!

  54. robertstockham April 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I need a new office chair. I hate mine, but won’t buy another until it goes kaput. If I won one, however, I could donate it to a good cause….

  55. Rachel Maley April 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Commit at Bullfrog Energy and run your office on wind and hydro power

  56. izdesign April 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    To make our office a healthier place, we are always questioning the ways we do things and constantly restructuring our systems. I love this quote from Cradle to Cradle! “But as Albert Einstein observed, if we are to solve the problems that plague us, our thinking must evolve beyond the level we were using when we created these problems in the first place.”

  57. greenspan April 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How to make your office more green than it already is?
    Invest in solar fashion. That way you can recharge your phone and laptop and save the office energy, which also invests in my green roof non profit, which brings resources closer to your office.

  58. adavid April 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love the city of San Francisco and thus the inspiration for the SAYL! The chair – red back with tomato seat – would be a perfect fit in my home office which I coincidentally bought in San Francisco. As a LEED AP+, sustainability is always a priority even with projects not seeking certification. I always look to specify C2C products and other finishes and materials with third party certification.

  59. ladymoxie April 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    In an office that doesn’t recycle, a really big step can be to convince your office mates to start the process. Creating bins for recycling paper, plastic and aluminum, and then creating a schedule for different people to take out the recycling. May seem like a small step, but teaching others that small impact is big impact is a great start. :)

  60. shellthebell April 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Oh my, I can’t get over that you are giving away this chair!! Herman Miller is a front runner for sleek designs and Sustainability!
    I do a couple things to green my office space. I often crack my window to let in some afternoon breeze. My window faces south, so the fresh air coming in counters the sun’s warm rays so that I don’t have to turn up the a.c. I also always, always shut down my electronics at the end of the day, cpu, monitor, speakers, it all gets shut off. I also keep a couple of friendly plants in my windowsill. I recycle paper and cardboard and donate those used coffee grinds to my coworkers home compost. So many little tasks can reduce energy use and waste!

  61. angelsolo3 April 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    To keep my office green and healthy I have lots of plants to keep the air fresh. I find it so helpful in the winter when the windows are closed.

  62. ckz April 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Very simple, but we set our copier to 2 sided copying. Cuts our paper usage in half.

  63. deliawjackson April 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Allow a switch at the office doorway to shut off all non-critical operating items in the office. Turn it off when you leave.

  64. gretchenm47 April 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    We could use exhaust uptake by our copier…

  65. nhoffman April 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Here is my entry: Instead of having a coffee bar, have a Spirulina bar – you get the same energy boost and all the nutrients you need throughout the day except Vitamin C, which is easy enough to get. Spirulina is the ultimate superfood, boosting the immune system (reducing illness), and is one of the most sustainable foods as it is algae based and puts more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees, reducing CO2.

    Other ideas:
    Use Ecovative Design’s EcoCradle mushroom-based packaging material for all outgoing shipments instead of styrofoam (which lasts for thousands of years). Lease solar panels for 0% down – for rooftops and on external office space so long as it’s not blocking windows – through SolarCity or other providers. Add a compost bin to the kitchen and/or lunch areas. Offer benefits for using bicycles, electric vehicles, public transportation and possibly for carpooling. Buy office products that are oriented towards sustainability. Digitize everything possible to reduce paper waste. Promote volunteering for sustainability causes.

  66. greggtwogs April 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    instead of building new, we created our new office space from an unused commercial greenhouse. for heating and cooling, it’s very efficient. as a design firm, we barely use any paper for proposals or bids anymore, it’s all set up through our website, saving post office charges and the fuel it would otherwise take to get there.

  67. mingohills April 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Turn off your lights. I never work with the lights on. I just open the blinds. Rarely is it so dark that my computer really starts to strain my eyes.

  68. tmleee April 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    We switched most of our power strips to the new Eco ones that shut off everything on the strip.

  69. nycmama April 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    My top tip is to go electronic with as much as possible from calendars, to bills. to note pads, to photo storage! The less paper that’s involved the greener it is and the more trees we have on mother earth! We are lucky to live in the electronic age!

  70. raviolikid April 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Might I add that I am currently using a dining room chair at my desk? If I would be so lucky to win this great office chair, I would just put the dining room chair back – no waste would be created!

  71. raviolikid April 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I work at home most of the time these days. I have taken to opening all the drapes to let in natural light. Many days, I don’t have to turn on the lights!

    Also, I am not printing out things that can be saved electronically.

  72. JenniG-P April 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’m fortunate enough to have a big window next to my workspace so i never turn the light on.i take the elevator as little as i can (not super easy because my office is on the 14th floor) and i keep “real” plates, cups, bowls, flatware, and hand towels in the office kitchen.

  73. smokesignals April 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    And I might add, that I really need that task chair! I have not had the available funds to replace my worn out chair that supports my back well. After having had back surgery years ago, and sitting in front of my computer for hours at a time, I know the value of good, ergonomic design!

  74. docjen April 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    As societies goes forward in initiating LEED projects & establishing new forms of energy on a macro level; it is essential to help individuals on the micro level learn what they can do it their day to day lives that will help not just their community benefit from green living, but the global community as well. An understanding of choice & consequence is essential to changing the world to a post-consumerism state of mind.
    Outreach programs should be established in schools & communities that focus on on recycling, up-cycling, urban gardening, conservation, and other tangible ways that will effect our world for generations to come.

  75. smokesignals April 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    As a one woman screenprinter, I take greening my work environment very seriously. It’s not about just recycling waste, paper and toner ink cartridges, it’s about making your industry clean and environmentally friendly, a tough thing to do in an industry of historical bad chemistry. My move to water based inks, and greener solvents has been an ongoing effort as the technology becomes available.

  76. notl33t April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Being green doesn’t just mean using less paper or stuff, it also means using machines as little as possible, and when you do, as efficiently as possible. Shut your machines off at the end of the day and unplug them if you can, if not possible during the week, try it on the weekend to reduce power consumption.

  77. j.diggety April 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    These Chairs are high quality chairs, I’m IN to win :)

  78. juliedesignweb April 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Limit the meat, and replace by proteins vegetable

  79. j.diggety April 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you, I would love to have my whole home decked out with awesome C2C products.

  80. nikki.lee April 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Currently I’m sitting in a Sayl sample that I will have to return soon :( Hopefully I can receive this as a present from Inhabitat! It’s a great chair!

    One easy green office tip: We collect all scrap paper from the printer that only has printing on one side. Once we get a large enough pile we take it to our local print shop to cut them down into note size tabs and bind. Our office now has super cheap note pads and we re-use the paper one more time before recycling!

  81. leck22 April 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    In an office, plenty of natural daylight, plants, good indoor air quality, and natural ventilation make people appreciate the environment more and consider the effects of their actions. It is important to modify daily habits to be more environmentally friendly. A great habit is to reuse as much as possible rather than throwing away or even recycling. This includes paper, lunch containers, containers for drinks. Also, get up and walk around, take breaks to enjoy the outdoors, and don’t stay tied to the computer screen!

  82. bcgirll April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Encourage working from home, if possible – if not, organize carpools, subsidize public transportation and/or encourage walking/biking/running (anything but one person arriving in one vehicle) whenever possible.

  83. protoformx April 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    To improve the green level of your business, simplify telecommuting through remote networking tools.

    For those who do work in the office, make sure that every room has a recycling bin readily available. Make sure that all computer equipment is energy-star certified. If you’re not walking distance to lunch, consider having groceries delivered to the office on a regular basis to avoid everyone taking their car to lunch.

    Small steps yield big results. Every office should have a brainstorming session to get feedback on green improvements from the people working there.

  84. indigonat April 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    For a greener office environment, why not create a green culture where employees are rewarded for their green initiatives and commitment to the environment. Ex: encourage less printing and more saving as PDF of documents, install recycling bins instead of trash cans, encourage the zero-waste lunch policy by giving each employee a starting kit with everything they need to avoid using disposable containers, utensils, etc., encourage carpooling or public transport commuting, install bicycle racks (and possibly access to a shower), give a second life to old furniture by painting them instead of throwing them away. These are just some ideas that could be put in place, but I am sure that your employees can come up with some pretty clever ideas too if you give them a chance to express themselves on how they can make a difference.

  85. JulieDesignWeb April 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    To deodorize / to uncork pipes, I make pour(sink) some coffee marc inside then I make pour the water above

  86. NinaPWA April 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I would honestly replace all the office chairs with inexpensive exercise balls! They are great in class rooms for kids, and adults need them even more!
    Namaste, Nina

  87. mymonkeymind April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Green Tip: When meeting to review work, don’t print out a copy of every deck, have a projector ready so that everyone can view the material on the projector. If meeting remotely, have a GoToMeeting, LiveMeeting or other remote viewing software account so that you can replicate the experience. This not only maintains focus for everyone “being on the same page” but saves trees and energy.

  88. jovapo April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I try to dine in instead of doing take out for lunch to reduce the amount of packaging I throw away.

  89. arnavvdesai April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Increase temp setting by 2C in Summer & reduce by 2C in winter over whatever is optimum. Recycle waste products.

  90. 415scout April 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Plug all your workstation equipment into one power strip. It makes it easy to turn it all off at the end of every day.

  91. MichaelB April 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Office environments can become greener by simply upgrading their lighting structures. Lighting can account for up to 40% of an organization’s energy consumption. Addressing this issue could be as easy as replacing existing incandescent lighting with energy-efficient CFL bulbs. This is a little to no-risk investment with great rewards for organizations because the energy savings go directly to the bottom-line, maintenance costs are reduced, and it will improve facility/community health!

    Also, turn your dang computers/moniters off when you go home!

  92. amythegreen April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I work in a LEED Platinum certified office. We have tiny trash cans and large recycling bins at our desks. We do worm composting in the breakroom for food scraps and coffee grounds. We’ve installed ambient light sensors that turn off the overheads when we get enough sunshine to light our space adequately. We also choose to use furniture that has a high recycled content and a small carbon footprint. I just recently saw the SAYL chair in person and LOVE it!

  93. rosedraws April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I can’t tell you how helpful it’s been to have the barrage of inspirational Inhabitat FaceBook postings. These past few months have been weighted with difficult news about the direction our society is heading, as indicated by the US Congress, and outrageous things happening in the NH State Government. My activism about it all feels like a drop against a rainstorm. And then one of my friends posted a link to Inhabitat… and I don’t feel like a lonely drop any more.

    So, I sit here in my green-as-possible-within-my-means home office (no commuting, using very little paper, reasonably efficient heating methods) and Inhabitat has made me feel encouraged about the human race again. I feel like all my petty recycling and grand sustainability ideas are indeed worth it. All my pro-bono work and activism and tiny-budgeted clients are not for naught — there is a whole movement going on that I am a part of.

    What could be better than that?

    Well… an awesome, eco office chair would be pretty sweet.

  94. jambottoms April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My pro-tip for a greener office: if possible, try and organize a day that everyone brings a lunch to work – we’ve started doing this, and not only do people save money by not going out to eat, they’re eating healthier, not wasting gas by driving around to restaurants, but also, they’re getting to know people from other departments! I’ve even mentioned that some of my meal was made with CSA produce, which has prompted others to join the CSA!

  95. swichi293 April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    GREEN TIP: Put your trashcan in another room and replace it with a recycling bin. This will make you think twice about throwing something away and keep you conscious about recycling. Even if you do need to throw something away you’ll get some exercise in the process and break up the monotony of your workday.

  96. LSechrist1@gmail.com April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

    For a greener office environment: Locate a recycling bin next to each desk. Put the trash containers further away. That way, office-dwellers will realize that many things can be recycled (starting with paper, soda cans and plastic bottles) rather than just thrown in the trash.

  97. lawyer dude April 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I would not mind having one of these!

  98. christabelle22 April 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

    And my tip would be making sure to turn off computer as I leave for the day. Also make sure to turn lights off any time I step out of the office.

  99. Monna Morton April 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Love this site and would especially love that chair in my studio!

  100. JeskaK April 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge – I can see it!

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