Office furniture covered in toxic paints or fabrics is old-school. The new designs are fun, frivolous, and modern, and furniture design companies have very high standards for making ergonomically designed chairs, tables and meeting spaces, as well as filing drawers, room dividers, and even book shelves that will keep the air clean and your brain free from the toxic residue of over 64000 different environmental toxins created since just World War II. No wonder you couldn’t come up with a million â€”dollarmarketing idea before. You were probably knee deep in toxic furniture!
You can also find office furniture that has recycled PVC, or wood, and often up to 95 or even 100%. There are office desks made out of 100% post-consumer cardboard even! How about an office lamp made of recycled break-room spoons, or a Herman Miller leaf light that gives off luminous work-worthy wattage with about 40% more efficiency than traditional lighting using LED technology. Miller is just one designer coming up with new ways to keep your bright ideas coming, too. There are designers around the world making use of discarded consumer trash and turning it into brilliant office art – furniture!
Better materials are at the heart of better office furniture, too. You can find brilliantly designed bamboo tables – a sustainable crop that regrows in less than ten years and acts as an incredible carbon sink for the planet. Still other companies are suing a honey-comb technology in their office furniture to make it lighter than air – and less dump-worthy. This is the same technology that makes airplanes fly faster on less fuel, and it makes office furniture better for the planet too, since it requires less wood to make yoru next favorite table. You can even refloor your office with bamboo tile or try a new, non-toxic linoleum that will make your grandmother’s kitchen floor look archaic.
Workstations are more creative than ever too, with a distancing of the old, square table to designs with green-curves and the arches found in nature. Local sourcing, weight-reduction and recycled goods make many of these work stations, so you can work healthy, and feel good about the impact you have made on the planet.