When you think about your environmental footprint, do you consider how earth-friendly (or not) your office habits are? The truth is, many common items you bring to the office, or use on a daily basis, probably aren't made of sustainable or reusable materials. Everything from single-use coffee cups, plastic food wrappers, and printer paper adds up quickly, and can have a detrimental impact on the environment. So, if you want to be more environmentally-conscious, it may be time to replace some of the everyday items you keep at your desk with products that can make your day more eco-friendly.
Though it may not seem like a big deal to try and be more green at the office, research has shown we produce a lot of waste at the workplace. According to Boston College, the annual amount of wasted office paper in the state of Massachusetts alone would "fill Fenway Park to the height of the Prudential Building." Upstate Medical University's environmental magazine Think Green News also reported in 2016 that Americans, on average, use 10,000 pages of copy paper every year. Not to mention, those of us in the U.S. create a huge amount of trash just because of disposable coffee cups and their lids.
Fortunately, living a more environmentally-friendly life doesn't have to come with a huge price tag — especially when it comes to your space at work. Here are eight things that you can buy that will help you effortlessly be more eco-friendly.