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

by , 04/24/11

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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. hibren April 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    reduce, reuse, and recycle paper! don’t print unless you have to.

  2. renatenada April 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    recycle paper, natural daylight, bike to work,set printer to draft setting and b/w

  3. BudTugley April 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    PLEASE tell me how to recycle my old CRT computer monitor and small batteries.

  4. judy1950 April 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    ake leadership to create an environment in which encouraging sustainable changes will be received well. People are more likely to change their habits if they feel involved, instead of guilted or berated for printing single-sided or using plastic water bottles. I think Wal-mart (of all places) instilled a neat program called Personal Sustainability Projects that simply supported employees who volunteered to make improvements to their health or environmental impact. Any company can do something similar, such as giving staff some of the savings if they can reduce energy, water, and paper use each month or put the savings towards a staff party or trip. Having top-level support in these efforts will make sure everyone is encouraged to be involved. The janitor and cleaning crew may be the key people to ask how to make the biggest energy and waste reductions, and they should also be encouraged to be part of the solution.

  5. judy1950 April 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Take leadership to create an environment in which encouraging sustainable changes will be received well. People are more likely to change their habits if they feel involved guilted or berated for printing single-sided or using plastic water bottles. I think Wal-mart (of all places) instilled a neat program called Personal Sustainability Projects that simply supported employees who volunteered to make improvements to their health or environmental impact. Any company can do something similar, such as giving staff some of the savings if they can reduce energy, water, and paper use each month or put the savings towards a staff party or trip. Having top-level support in these efforts will make sure everyone is encouraged to be involved. The janitor and cleaning crew may be the key people to ask how to make the biggest energy and waste reductions, and they should also be encouraged to be part of the solution.

  6. foreverstrong2 April 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    i think the best way to make any space greener and healthier is to be more conscious about the things we put in it. recycling and re-purposing materials, not being wasteful, educating ourselves on the sources of the products we use (like printers and ink) and what becomes of them later when their original use is no longer. being conscious of even details like the packaging of products we buy and what use could they have.. we must get creative with turning the things we have (that no longer serve us in their current state) into things we need. innovation is key.

  7. foreverstrong April 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    i think the best way to make any space greener and healthier is to be more conscious about the things we put in it. recycling and re-purposing materials, not being wasteful, educating ourselves on the sources of the products we use (like printers and ink) and what becomes of them later when their original use is no longer. being conscious of even details like the packaging of products we buy and what use could they have.. we must get creative with turning the things we have (that no longer serve us in their current state) into things we need. innovation is key.

  8. debby14 April 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I work from home as a virtual assistant. I only have a few clients at present, but I do not have to drive to work, buy lunch, use bottled water, etc. My office was handbuilt of wood by my husband, even the file cabinet. This chair would be a great addition to my workspace. and would definitely make my office greener and better for my body as well.

  9. rltoner April 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    If I am not disqualified for living in a dorm then… Simply picking me as a winner will bring much needed attention to the benifits of maintaining a green lifestyle to my campus. Sowing the seeds of an Earth Counciousness into the minds of these future wind turbine technicians. Goo Green Team!!

  10. m.stanfield April 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    While recycling is admirable, i really try to reduce, reuse, and repurpose as much as possible. To this end, i work from my home thus eliminating the need to own and operated two separate computers as well as the need to drive to work everyday. When i do leave the house, i cycle when and where it is feasible to do so. I reduce my paper consumption by printing on smaller sheet sizes and using both sides of printed sheets before putting them in the recycle bin. Lastly, i have designed and built several pieces of furniture using either scrap material from other projects or by repurposing materials that were no longer serving a viable purpose in their previous configuration.

  11. eboittiaux April 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    1) Encourage car-pooling to/from work, and alternative transportation such as bicycling with secure bike storage.

    2) (Compact) fluorescent bulbs, and motion sensored lighting can help conserve energy.

    3) Dual-flush or low-flow toilets/urinals can save a great deal of water per year at relatively low retro-fit cost, especially good for areas where water conservation is an issue.

    4) Giving employees natural light and access to windows for fresh air increases happiness, well-being, health, atmosphere, mood and productivity, as well as cutting costs for ventilation and lighting.

    5) IT/network admins may want to set power saving options to computers/printers etc. to optimal settings that work for both energy-saving, company, and workers.

    6) Incorporating recycling for the materials your office goes through can be easier than one might think (bins for paper, plastic, etc can be sized and positioned in key areas), and electronic or environmentally harmful materials especially can be collected and properly disposed of, less periodically if need be.

    7) Plants can help air quality and liven atmosphere. Local and drought-resistant plants generally have low maintenance need.

    8) If it’s an older building or it’s been awhile, making sure the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is running cleanly and optimally can benefit health and costs. In the same vain, windows/insulation/building envelope should be in good order.

    8) The options mentioned in previous well-said comments!

  12. m.stanfield April 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I am currently working out of my home. This reduces my emissions by reducing my need to drive to work everyday. Additionally, i cycle when and where is feasible to meet clients. I also custom built a good portion of my office furniture out of reclaimed materials that were no longer serving a viable service in their former configuration.

  13. bumstear April 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I am in need of a new desk chair! My back is always in pain because of the current chair, it is permanently in reclined position… I work at home, using software to predict energy savings for new residential construction in my state.

  14. Move2Sedona April 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    The Herman Miller SAYL chair would be the perfect focal point for making my office very green-with Envy! But seriously, it would be a gentle reminder that even one change can make a huge difference in your impact upon the planet, and each green choice we make, makes a difference.

  15. karaml April 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Researching the negative aspects of spending ones day sitting, hence redesigning my office to have both standing and sitting work spaces and hoping for the Sayl to make the sitting portion of my day as pleasant, beautiful, and sustainable as possible!

  16. wildhunt April 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    what a pity! facebook is inhibited in China, but i ‘ll share in renren, a similar website like facebook.

  17. annikolic April 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I would love to have an entire eco set, not just the chair. I am a graphic designer who spends a lot of time in front of my computer and I am a true believer that surrounding myself with eco friendly objects enhances my designs and the overall design process experience. I love my planet and anything organic, earth friendly is a joy!

  18. Davidhawkworth April 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    It’s less about rules and checklists and more about finding ways of making small positive actions from everybody part of social furniture. This way it just becomes ‘the way things are done around here,’ and the only way to sit comfy and belong.

  19. millencolinf2f April 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I work in the IT department of a company and need a knew chair. I have thought about getting an exercise ball but keep hearing mixed reviews if they’re really a benefit. With that said, I would like to hear more about green office products with ergonomics and other ways to be sustainable in the work place.

  20. Zeute April 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    This chair even has an interesting look to it! I’d like to see more articles/discussions on clean air plants. They are a great way to make a healthier, greener working environment.

  21. barteks April 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Frankly I don’t want that chair or any other new chair:) my old chairs which I inherited from my granny are about 60 years old and with tiny repairs they still do their job in my home office:) I will be happy to see this chair going to a nice office, where people don’t go crazy with air conditioning, where they recycle and care about the impacts of their business. Good luck you chair, maybe you aren’t so pretty as my old chairs but what counts is that you’re designed with a greater idea in mind:)

  22. luckyparker April 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Very simply, I use only what I need and re-use and recycle whenever possible.

  23. vyamaguchi1 April 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I miss my Aeron chair. Yves’ would be a great alternative!

  24. jodi62 April 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    we’ve started a Green Committee at my office. supplied all employees with mugs, and put compostable utensils and plates, and a green bin in the break room. also have several recycling bins throughout the office. we stopped selling bottled water in the vend machines and have a filtered water system. yea! :-) small steps at work…. at home we recycle and compost almost everything…. the “trash bin” goes to the curb half as often as the other 2.

  25. kakes_3 April 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Set your printing settings to double sided and use recycled paper! Also, drink your coffee in a recycled coffee cup instead of a styrofoam cup :)

  26. brassfield April 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’m lucky to work from home in a city that has a fantastic year-round climate. I open the windows during work hours for natural light and ventilation, and turn off all my surge protectors at the end of my workday.

  27. bottomgun April 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Do away with a physical office. Work from home or on the road. I reside overseas in a remote area and still manage to maintain my business interests in the States.

  28. v_megan April 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    For office supplies, save some trees by buying recycled if and when possible. Almost everything needed to run a small office can be purchased from recycled products. Items like toner cartridges, paper goods, and plastics are available in recycled form and costs much less too.

  29. JeannieD April 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    My idea to make the office environment more green would be to only hire employees willing to sign a “Green Clause” in their contract. This would hold everyone accountable to “reduce, re-use and recycle”. Fire everyone else. :)

  30. Quiltedmaple April 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    My chickens recycle food scraps into eggs. They are smooth running machines!

  31. agentx April 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    you can help us find a cost-effective way to reduce packaging waste on products we ship out! cardboard boxes, packaged air and styrofoam peanuts is definitely not too eco friendly.

  32. agentX April 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    you could help us create a better system to reduce packaging waste for packages we send out! cardboard boxes and packaged air doesn’t seem too eco friendly.

  33. LSechrist1@gmail.com April 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    To make your office & work more green:
    1. reset your paper margins to 1″ & set your printer to automatically print two sided
    2. Put a recycling bin at your desk (for paper, soda cans & plastic bottles), but move the trash bin farther away.
    3. Use washables dishes instead of disposables.
    4. Ask vendors to bring in trash-free lunches (no individual box lunches in styrofoam or plastic clamshell boxes)

  34. hoffmaj April 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I make soups and salads on the weekends and bring my lunch to work in a colorfully striped Built NY neoprene insulated lunch tote containing one or more of my green Preserve food-storage containers and take my raspberry Lifefactory BPA-free reusable beverage bottle just about everywhere. I also support the use of reusable coffee mugs — mine is a lovely deep purple and came from Espresso Royale, which for the fourth consecutive year was just voted the Best Coffee Shop in Ann Arbor.

  35. felicegold April 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    this chair could make the difference in working with energy and without back pain!

  36. Margarita Bafouni April 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I have read Cradle to Cradle recently and it changed my life. Since then I have made a big turn into environmentalism and motivating other to do the same. It also helped me with my dissertation topic which was “Reasons for sustainable design and possible approaches”.

    Good luck to all of us!^,^

  37. miapatatina April 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    If I had one well made chair- I would never need to buy another one. One beautiful chair will eliminate ten crappy ones going into a landfill. Thanks. Happy Earth Day.

  38. ldstarr18 April 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Do not use paper or styrofoam cups or plates in ur office! bring cups and mugs from all those wonderful trade shows and company premium gifts! The chair is a true work of art! WOW!!

  39. shaebot April 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    – Start a carpool.
    – Instead of going out for lunch every day, try to start a weekly potlock of home cooked foods with your office mates.
    – Set up a recycling and compost center with helpful signs and every supply one might need to use the center effectively.
    – Encourage a paperless office environment.
    – Reuse office supplies, rather than tossing them.
    – Be proactive about encouraging office wide involvement in community volunteer opportunities, not just on Earth Day.

  40. ktrampus April 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Configure desks for standing or sitting option. Here is my set up: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1903190211773.2109928.1002258341&l=0e65021e79. Potential benefits include decrease in fatigue and joint problems, as well as increase in calories burned and muscle tone.

  41. gracey April 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    The best way how we can make your office environment a greener and healthier place is to follow the maxim, “reduce, reuse, and recycle”! The best way really is to reduce our consumption of goods.

  42. TDW April 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Besides suggesting SAYL chairs for all (!), I think the best tip I can offer to typical offices, regardless of business type (profit, non-profit, government, etc.) or industry would be to incentivise employee participation in green activities (energy saving, recycling, etc.) by doing this: forming pairs of employees into a kind of department- or company-wide buddy system in which the pairs seek ways to identify and maintain habits that are efficient and environmentally friendly. The incentives could be something as simple as coupons for dinners out, or supplies of green office supplies, etc., but the main benefit would be educational: having a network of teams to explore these possibilities would engage them in the process and help the department/company get buy-in from all concerned — not just management.

  43. LRavera April 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I am a freelance digital artist that spend all his time at his desk. My current chair is wayyyyy too old, and my behind is forever molded into it.

  44. Kitkat April 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I think lots of things could be done to save and conserve. More people could work from home, big savings in real estate and gas. More people could recycle (everyone isn’t yet), and more recycled materials could be used in the manufacturing of all office equipment. We need to figure some kind of recycling of all this office equipment! I can’t believe all the discarded office equipment in this world.

  45. djwhelan April 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    For those of us who work from home, find ways to share space with the family so that everyone can interact but not distract. Show your children that you are making a difference. And let the light in so that everyone can enjoy it!

  46. erinely April 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I work in a regulated industry and unfortunately we use a lot of paper…. I double side copy as much as possible, we use recycled paper for our office, I offer organic & fair trade coffee to our clients, and also organic & fair trade chocolates for our reception desk, we recycle all our paper waste, we don’t own our building so we don’t have much control over that part, we have painted with no -voc paints when we moved in. Would love to have a new chair for my desk.

  47. Elyotic April 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    We need more development in standing desks. Herman Miller uses brilliant design to counteract our inherent incompatibility with chairs. Get back to the drawing board, delete the backbruising chair, and save our spines.

  48. nexial April 24, 2011 at 2:49 am

    The majority of people working in our office commute over 100 kilometers per day, usually as single car trips. My top tip for making my work environment greener and healthier would be to leverage existing technology in our office by integrating video-conferencing so staff don’t have to drive in to attend daily meetings. This would reduce the number of daily commuter trips, reduce carbon emissions, and free up an hour for personal fitness and well-being. A Herman Miller SAYL chair would be a sweet addition to my home office. And probably make my colleagues a just a little jealous.

  49. hmmingbrd April 24, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I switched swapped out my desk lamp for a new energy-efficient LED desk lamp. Plants help keep the air clean. Disposable cups are a no-no. And if printing is necessary opt for double sided prints, wastes less paper. It’s the little things that can have the greatest inpact.

  50. victorias April 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    To help the environment I carry reusable bags when I go out shopping… I use a glass travel mug for my coffee… I use glass straws… the list goes on and on…

  51. eighdrien April 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Ergonomic office chairs made of bamboo!!!

  52. Magdalena Slavova April 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    The symbiosis between the Environment and Internal environment is the real Green Evolution!

    One of the thing to go greeny “at office” is to work from home- as I do. I still have a desk and a chair – well, mine it’s not exactly office chair; it’s enourmose wood chair that can’t even go below the desk ….but..this is what I have at this time.
    That Miller chair may be the greatest one for me- it looks just fabilouse and cosmic. My chair at home office is just an ordinary chair with no flexibility.
    To be green at office there are thousands of steps that can be done- for ex. what I do is to use only 100% sertified recycling paper. I do only e- brochures for my products- no paper catalogs. Switch off everyting that may consume electricity in the home-office when I’m not there. I use a mouse that have been used from three persons before me…it is doing great. The computure is second hand also.
    To work from my home – it is not only green for the Environment but it is green for my Internal environment
    – I rest whenever I need, I eat whenever I’m hungry- homemade organic food, I can seat in a pose that is comfortable for me and I can do exercises to strech my muscles, I listen to music that stimulates me to work, I even sing and that makes me feel like I am not working…

    The symbiosis between the Environment and Internal environment is the real Green Evolution!

  53. eredmond April 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I share my office with someone who works on alternate hours so the space, heat, bike hanger, desk, warm chair, books, and other amenities (basically all embodied carbon or consumed energy) never go to waste! Our 100% wool old Steelcase chair makes our legs hot in the summer though. This seasonal replacement will be well loved- AND sat in!!

  54. ft26 April 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Our office could be more environmentally conscious by doing some very simple but profound things. Telecommuting would allow workers to not have to commute to the office, but collaborate instead using technology. Allowing natural light into the building instead of having to turn on the lights all the time. Implementing programs that help workers carpool or subsidize mass transit and biking. On top of all of that, create a culture that goes out of their way to continue innovating to be better to the environment.

  55. pDOTc April 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I keep two fairly well sized trees in my office. No joke.

  56. Tina W April 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I currently work from home, but the last office that I worked in was on the top floor with exposed windows at the top. The afternoon would glare in the sunshine, which would kick in the air conditioning, as well as cause some people to have an obnoxious glare on their computer screens. In all, it created a less-than-productive afternoon with fluctuating temperatures in various parts of the building. By installing window shading or window tinting would have reduced the extreme temperatures and high electricity bills, as well as improve personnel morale and productivity.

  57. jssk6 April 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    a lot of cool furniture and desk supplies can be found in your local flea market. shop around by reusing furniture :)

  58. junehouse April 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    “The best wat to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

  59. mauragyn April 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I don’t work in an office, I work at a health and fitness center. I would like to see all the treadmills and other fitness machines hooked to storage generators and also collect the heat released by members. Then use this stored energy to reduce our energy costs. The members would love to know that all that effort not only helps them be healthier and stronger..but that together they can power the world:)

  60. kkonen April 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Even though the building we are in doesn’t recycle we try where we can. Lots of us have bins under our desks to take papers home and we use the back side of paper to print for internal documents. Plus we use real glassware and plates instead of paper.

  61. jkali April 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Some simple things….
    Compost instead of using the garbage disposal (my water bill is so much lower)
    Converted most of my mailed bills to on-line delivery.
    Use back sides of print outs for test prints and notes…
    Have my computer on auto shutdown.
    Gave up my car and now use ZipCar! –so easy now to categorize business travel and have saved a lot of money not owning a car too.

  62. PatJordan79 April 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Replace all surge protectors with “kill-a-watt” style strips that let you monitor and control energy consumption of all office equipment.

  63. abhishekduggal April 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Maximize computer efficiency
    Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year.

    Make it a habit to turn off your computer—and the power strip it’s plugged into—when you leave for the day. Otherwise, you’re still burning energy even if you’re not burning the midnight oil. (Check with your IT department to make sure the computer doesn’t need to be on to run backups or other maintenance.) During the day, setting your computer to go to sleep automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. Remember, screen savers don’t save energy.

    Make it a policy to invest in energy-saving computers, monitors, and printers and make sure that old equipment is properly recycled. Look for a recycler that has pledged not to export hazardous e-waste and to follow other safety guidelines. Old computers that still work, and are less than five years old, can be donated to organizations that will refurbish them and find them new homes. (You may even get a tax deduction.)

    – forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

    Source: http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2007/03/10_ways_to_go_g.html

  64. Alexandra Preis April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Putting up some plants is a lovely and quick way to improve the office environment for everybody. They clean the air and create a more relaxed atmosphere.
    Long term we all obviously should try to use energy saving appliances, and also furniture that doesn’t exude toxic fumes. Not everything has to change all at once, especially small companies will be better able to afford environmentally sound appliances and furniture if it’s phased in a bit more slowly.

  65. Harpreet April 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    shifting the office printer to another floor could help make people think twice about paper printouts. if they do decide to print, the long walk/climb should get them a little physical exercise.

  66. jmotash April 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I am an oil & gas attorney, who works for a firm whose primary client is a coal company. Some of you may want to pop me in the nose right about now, but I can honestly say that if anything, working in our industry has given my firm an even greater appreciation for how important it is to act environmentally. My office is practically paperless, with everything generated and communicated to clients electronically. We recycle what little paper we do have, as well as cans and bottles. We even recycle books, collecting gently used ones to be donated. We hold our conferences using Webex to eliminate the need for commutes and we use motion sensor timers on the lights that sometimes force to to get up from your desk and dance around to turn them back on.

    I am very proud of my firm and its efforts.

  67. minus_wit_humor April 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of believing in the ingenuity of your co-workers, and to empower them to collectively provide solutions by setting the example. For instance, I would suggest having a “green fair” day in your office, and set the stage with asking everyone to bring in a coffee mug instead of using multiple paper cups every day. Then, I would challenge everyone to come up with their own ways and provide incentives through gift certificates for those ideas that are implemented company-wide! Your co-workers can surprise you with their ideas, you just have to find a way to get them to talk first.

  68. graz April 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    an ergonomic and cool chair from Herman Miller…a must…!!!…:)))

  69. drawmark April 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I work outside when I can.

  70. haruka228 April 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Offices should have a lot of access to natural light, or artificial lights that mimic natural light. Employees should be expected to take breaks to walk outside or take their lunch break at a local gym. All products should be VOC-free, as employees are sitting cooped up the whole day in an inside environment.

  71. dave-o-riginal April 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    To increase office air quality use a combination of house plants such as Mother-In-Laws tongue and Areca Palm. They work together by respirating at different times in the day, effectively purifying your indoor air throughout the day. Especially with computers, furniture, and other building materials off-gassing throughout the day.

  72. jennymae1016 April 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    By promoting the dematerialized SAYL task chair, you are already doing a good deed.
    I know this is a no-brainer…but encouraging all staff members to turn off their computer at night is an easy way to save electricity. Also, encouraging people to ride their bikes to work and providing public transportation passes to staff members. Oh, and set up one day where you encourage all staff members to come together and volunteer (group tree planting, clean up a creek, etc.)

  73. jrordonez April 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Sometimes in the interest of converting to being “green” we can become very consumerist and forget that the most important thing is to reduce waste, period.

    For example, don’t simply buy new recyclable items when the items they intend to replace are still useful. Don’t replace things until they absolutely need to be replaced and spare our landfills.

    The less you buy, the greener you are.

  74. flexspazio April 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    verify the sustainable services provided to your business and discourage greenwashing. make sure recyclers, haulers, product suppliers (paper, IT, cleaning products, technology, etc) are certified and can prove their promises, and choose renewable energy and electricity sources when possible.

  75. EmileDaigle April 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    reusable glassware is a great start, but a campaign promoting tap water would be great. we switched from bottled water delivery to a plumbed filter/cooler, but the unit uses reverse osmosis, which wastes a lot of water. tap water is usually filtered far more than home or office units could manage already.

  76. natalia_bungert April 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Many offices are full of everything BUT environmentally-friendly products, computers, scanners, phones, projectors, technology! Any small steps we can take will help balance these things out. Recycling paper, beverages we share in after-hours happy hour add up fast! Office chairs that are sustainable are not only gorgeous but save a lot of harmful materials from being produced. I love that our office gives all employees a branded Sigg water bottle to cut down on the use of trashable items!

  77. astrunka April 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I purchase all our office supplies so, in conjunction with my office supply company, I try to purchased the most recycled and recyclable products…as well as turning off light in offices that aren’t being used.

  78. eoline April 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I work in the design industry and in all projects I specify low or no VOC paint as well as occupancy sensors connected to the lighting to save energy.

  79. amos616 April 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Scanner and tablets. We use so much paper it’s unreal. A simple scanner to upload documents that are paper or photos plus tablets to share information with all the residents and directors in our medicine residency program would make it so much better.

  80. dhgreen April 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    The gap between current and sustainable behavior for many consumers is proving harder to bridge that many thought. Making the gap smaller can help engage and change behavior. For instance, most people open their mail in the same general location in the house/apartment. So put a recycling bin there to make sorting and discarding easier. Also, if the community uses bags for recycling, use that recycling bag as the bin liner. When full it is just as easy to take the recycling bag to the curb as the trash, but the end result is better. It seems like a no brainer for many who are sustainably engaged, but I have gotten many who claimed it was too hard to recycle to finally change that behavior with this simple solution. Once engaged, they are more receptive to other ideas for changing behavior.

  81. chichijunk April 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

    i get your newsletter and am a friend on facebook
    love the chair! that would make my office space greener for sure!

  82. turfvpi April 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I loooove my swiss ball, but as much as I hate to admit it some days it would be so nice to have a real chair. And what a chair – my back would love you forever. To make my office greener it would be really great if you guys could start posting tips on going paperless, what screen and screen saver settings are the most energy efficient, what screens are the most energy efficient, and how I can better manage my power usage when I’m in the office. Sometimes a good how-to can go a long way.

    Thanks so much for what you already do – I think you do plenty as is, but you asked so I gave an answer 😉

  83. ldesimon April 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I try to print out material and use paper as little as possible, using print to pdf and email instead. What paper I do use, I recycle. I also try to use less electricity by putting my laptop into sleep mode when I leave my desk for lunch and completely shut down my monitor(no blinking yellow light!) at the end of the day.

  84. Justinia April 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I looooooove Herman Miller chairs! I had one at work several years ago and it was by far the most comfortable chair I ever had the pleasure to sit in. To have one in my home office…bliss!

  85. suspecterrain April 22, 2011 at 2:49 am

    If i had that chair i would sit in it morning, noon and night.

  86. chandlerneville April 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Light Air Water

    windows with lots of natural light
    green roof for breaks and meetings
    no disposable items in break room
    water filters on tap/no bottled water
    no plastic rule and or awareness to reduce and reuse
    plants within office space


  87. quixado April 22, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Best way to make your office environment greener: Pass on these great tips to others; excitement is contagious.

  88. BraddaMongoose April 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Diffused sunlight is a great source of light for a work environment. With an adjustable lens and diffuser on the opening, we could get all of the lighting benefits with as little or as much radiant heat needed for comfort. That and a biodiesel powered record player.

  89. mband April 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Assuming one hasn’t already upgraded lighting, probably the most energy efficient (i.e.greener) step to take is to replace T-12 fluorescent bulbs & the old ballasts with T-8 bulbs & the corresponding new ballasts. The payback can be amazing – under 1 year in some communities with local & Federal rebates. In addition there have been some studies indicating the new light spectrum not only increases the positive mood of the occupants but also has beneficial health effects. Save money – be happy!

  90. rbenson1011 April 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    How about just a simple buying recycled paper to print on.

  91. hoot-al April 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    bike racks for employees, lots of indoor plants, and replace that yucky office couch and hideous lounge chair (that are no doubt filled with PBDE’s) with some non-foam options or more sustainable furniture. this chair would be a great start!

  92. rosedraws April 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I just heard that Apple was voted a “least-green” technology company. Which surprised me, because they’re thoughtful about their computer materials. But it was Apple’s decision to put a big data center in a location that is powered by coal. This undid all their other advancements (per Greenpeace).

    So, it was a good reminder to me how important it is to look at our big drains: Heating and cooling our buildings. And — if you’re part of a company that needs a lot of power like machinery, or a data center — really examine the power source, and what you can do to encourage the powers-that-be to invest in sustainable solutions.

  93. solducky April 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Stay hydrated during the work day with reusable water bottles and coffee mugs rather than paper or styrofoam cups!

  94. dbourque April 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I have a perimeter office with window. Often the light is off as it is sufficient. I get a lot of comments from my co-workers, but it allows me a platform to share my reasons and commitment to “green” office practices.

  95. robber49 April 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Try to get your company to adopt some incentives for making greener or healthier choices. Make it a contest of sorts and give out a reward for things like quitting smoking or losing weight, or track who uses the least amount of paper. It’s a good way to get a lot of people to participate.

  96. muktabai April 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Try to put desks near windows to reduce the amount of artificial lighting required. Beautiful chair!

  97. korbme April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Help start a compost bin in your office kitchen that can be sealed and easily brought home.

  98. ceddy April 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    A chair that is awesome!

  99. dmc000 April 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I am involved with helping the business that I work for become somewhat greener. We installed a water filter/cooler and will soon have full on recycling, kind of late to the party??? I just arrived there a few months ago. Oh well, we have to start somewhere. Also recommending that everyone bring a coffee mug and a water glass from home. And, keep printing to what is really needed, we use so much paper! We do a lot of shredding, which get recycled. Most of all, my chair at work just sucks. It is too big for me and I cannot adjust it to fit me! I would be really happy to get a chair like this one!

  100. hrvojeb April 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, I’d like to rest my high-knee in this beauty. My old chair is 8 years old and it would be jealous of the new comer. Very jealous.

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