With the breadth of innovations in green technology, it seems that we should all have solar-powered laptops by now. Unfortunately, that's yet to be the case. In the meantime, there are a number of easy, more affordable ways you can reduce your carbon footprint in the office.
Eco-friendly products have been a hot trend for manufacturers and consumers for some time now. This year, tech companies are doing their part by committing more time and attention to better sustainability, whether that's developing greener products or forging social good partnerships. You can contribute to the cause by greening your office with sustainable gadgets and goods.
We've rounded up 8 eco-friendly products that are perfect for your office desk or commute. What sustainable product are you using during the workday? Let us know in the comments.
1. Laptop bag
Greensmart makes laptop sleeves, messenger bags and bookbags that are made of recycled plastic bottles.
Cost: $24.99 to $59.99
2. Vampire slayer
It may have a cute name, but this plug organizer will help save you energy and money by keeping all your smartly unplugged products in reach.
3. Water-powered clock
This digital desk clock runs on water–no batteries needed. Just add water to activate and it will last at least a few weeks.
4. LED desk lamp
You can choose four different spectrums of light with this eco-friendly lamp.
5. DX-ECO mouse
This handy, battery-free mouse has a microUSB rechargeable cable that fully replenishes in three minutes.
6. Water-powered calculator
Water-activated batteries made by a powdered carbon capacitor are what keep this calculator running.
7. NeoGear eco-friendly speakers
For just $10, you can snag these speakers and still be environmentally friendly.
8. ProFormance mousepad
Available in a variety of colors, this mousepad looks like leather, but it's actually made from 70% post-consumer waste, and it's completely recyclable.
Learn more in OPEN Forum's Going Green 2012 series.
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