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How to Eco Your Home Office
Posted By Kimberly Delaney On February 18, 2009 @ 12:12 pm In Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home | No Comments
Whether you’ve designated a nook as your home office or have his-and-her office wings in your estate, there’s probably some semblance of a work portal generating a lot of waste in your abode. Here’s a four-part strategy to cut the trash, pollution and wasted resources generated by your home office.
With a little research you can also refill and/or recycle your printer’s ink cartridges. Refilling  is the greenest option. You can refill a cartridge five to seven times before you’ll need to recycle the cartridge and get a new one. However, some printers do not recognize refilled cartridges, so test this before you start refilling all your cartridges at once.
When you are ready to recycle, visit earth911  to find the best options near you. These may include stores like Walgreens or office supply stores, along with the US Post Office , which now offers a mail-back program to reduce e-waste going to the landfills. Also check with the cartridge manufacturer: HP  lets you return cartridges by mail or to Staples stores for recycling. Lexmark  offers added incentives with two free cartridges when you buy five and return five empty ones.
When it’s time to replace your electronic office equipment, you can do so responsibly. The heavy metals and other materials they contain are hazardous waste and should not be dumped in the landfill. First check with the manufacturer to see if they have a take-back program. Or go to earth911 to find e-waste options in your area.
By taking these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a waste-free home office and you’ll save some money in the process!
Kimberly Delaney is the author of Clean Home, Green Home: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Eco-Friendly Homekeeping, published by the Knack imprint of Globe Pequot Press.
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URLs in this post:
 recycling: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Recycling-FAQ.html
 Refilling: http://www.rapidrefill.com
 earth911: http://www.earth911.com
 US Post Office: http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2008/pr08_028.htm
 HP: https://h30248.www3.hp.com/recycle/supplies/index.asp?__cc=us
 Lexmark: http://www.lexmark.com
 replacements: http://www.thegreenoffice.com
 energy bill: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/5-Home-Energy-Saving-Ideas-from-Greensburg-Builders.html
 here: http://www.energystar.gov
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