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If you can
t reuse a product, there are usually others who can. Go to www.kab.org (KeepAmerica Beautiful) for suggestions on exchange programs and other reuse strategies.
7) Clean Conscience Cleaning
Five billion pounds of chemicals are used annually for institutional cleaning.The good news is that the risk of injury from chemicals and environmentaldamage can be dramatically reduced by replacing the most dangerouscleaning products with safer ones.- Opt for solutions that are non-toxic, non-VOC (volatile organic compound),water-based, biodegradable, phosphate-, chlorine- and ammonia-free andthose with ingredients derived from renewable resources, not petroleum.- Buy in concentrate and bulk so that shipping and packaging waste is reduced.
8) Breathe Easy
s what the air in any office setting can potentially contain: ozone generated by photocopiers, dust, allergens, outdoor fumes brought in by the central air conditioning; gaseouschemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from furniture, paint andcarpeting. And then there
s the stuff dragged in on our shoes: oil, antifreeze, particulate pollution, pollen, etc. All combine to create unsafe air quality and contribute to Sick Building Syndrome.What can you do to clean up the air in your workplace?- Look for low VOC alternatives in carpets, adhesives, paints, evenfurniture.- Help keep what
s on the sidewalk out with quality doormats or entryway track-off systems.Remember, less dirt also means less sweeping, mopping and vacuuming,which means less work, water, energy and fewer chemicals.
9) Sitting Pretty
Making environmentally savvy choices in office furniture is getting easier and easier. Whether a piece of furniture is made from wood, cloth, metal or plastic, there are earth-friendly options.- Opt for modular office suites. These component-based systems let you reconfigure workspacesand mix and match as your needs change, helping to eliminate the need to buy new.- Use flexible interior features, such as movable walls to help reduce wasteassociated with renovations.Don
t overlook the fact that, even if it
s initially more expensive, buying qualityfurniture that
s durable and can be readily repaired could easily save money inthe long run, plus, lessen the chance that it
ll end up in the landfill.