Although many organizations may recognize the advantages of environmental office solutions, there are significant barriers to implementing them, not the least of which are employer preconceptions. The holdups about conservation could seem removed from concerns about furniture, but finding chairs, desks and workstations made from repurposed materials may require overcoming similar preexisting ideas.

By listening to worker concerns, companies can move toward a smaller carbon footprint. IT ProPortal recently referenced a study centering on paper use in the office. According to this source, surveyed office workers in Europe had several reasons for preferring paper over the electronic alternative.

Some of these reasons include the ease that paper documents lend in reading and editing important information. However, the source noted that relying on “the humble printed page” causes employees to spend large amounts of time needlessly walking back and forth from the printer over the course of the year.

A possible answer lies in the contents of office paper products. The “Conservatree” website Calrecycle links to features a table of office products and the environmental impacts of each.

For example, multiple brands of business calendars and planners are listed as containing 30 percent postconsumer content. Ecosource paper envelopes contain 40 percent flax and hemp, as well as 20 percent “cotton from linters.”

By the same token, offices can seek out furnishings that contain mainly renewable or locally harvested materials. Be sure to distinguish between where each piece of the final product comes from and where the assembly takes place: this matters for counting reuse credits and could impact your business’s LEED score.

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