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Flat File by Jill Allyn Peterson

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An elegant, low-impact alternative to the traditional filing cabinet $80.00

When it comes to options for file storage, the pickings are slim. You can either go bulky and ugly or cheap-looking and plastic. NYC designer Jill Allyn Peterson proposes an attractive alternative in the form of the Flat File, a super lightweight, flat-shipping filing cabinet designed with sustainability in mind. Made of laser-cut birch plywood, with organic cotton folders, the Flat File is......read more

Eco Highlighter Pencil

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The vital office and school supply -- now in biodegradable format $2.00

Since it was first developed in 1963, the highlighter pen has become an essential tool for the office and school. Unfortunately, like so many of the products that have become indispensible to modern life, the felt-tipped plastic highlighters are terrible for the environment. Enter the Eco Highlighter Pencil from Stubby Pencil Studio, a 100% biodegradable highlighter that uses no ink solvents......read more

Shipping Container Office Building

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Permanent, multistory structure erected in Providence, R.I.

In Providence, R.I., a new office building has lifted the challenging task of shipping container construction to new heights. The first permanent, multistory structure in the U.S. made entirely from shipping containers cost owner Peter Case $1.8 million to build, about half of what he would have paid for a conventional structure. Divided into two sets of offices, the three-story complex has an......read more

Cork Planter Bookend Set

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Cork bookends also function as desktop planters/office organizers $48.00

Talk about versatility. We can count at least four simultaneous uses for this Cork Planter Bookend Set, designed by Nicole Runde on behalf of Working Class Studio. Made entirely of durable, high-density tan cork, the containers are watertight and perfectly sized for succulents, miniature, small ferns, or any sort of herb. Meanwhile it doubles as an inventive office organizer that......read more

OfficePOD

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Tan Lun Cheak's dual purpose table lamp/food cooker.

More and more people are working from home, and that trend doesn't look like it's going to reverse anytime soon. Which is great. We welcome a shift that blurs conventional lines between life and work. And the most eco-friendly commute is no commute at all. But between the fridge, the TV, and the stereo, it can be hard to stay focused on work. Trust us. Inhabitat hips us to a UK design......read more

Oon Power Outlet by David Okum

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A perfectly charming power cord solution for home or office $79.00

Ugly plastic power bars have nothing on the Oom, a thoughtfully designed alternative made using sustainable maple from Connecticut. The Oom is the brainchild of David Okum, an LA-based product designer whose work we've featured before. He describes his latest creation like this: Three electrical sockets designed to flex and rotate conform to different situations, allowing for all connections......read more

Reclaimed Timber Desk Caddy

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Add some sustainable style to your office setup $45.00

The plastic cup stuffed with with pens on our desk is a weak look. Time to step up our desktop organization game, and this Reclaimed Timber Desk Caddy, from sustainable furniture designer Jonathan January, is just the answer. Made from antique reclaimed fir timbers, milled in Oregon in the early 20th century, the Desk Caddy comes coated with a non-toxic finish and fitted with a number of......read more

NYC's First-Ever LEED Platinum Project

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A 3,600-square-foot rooftop garden caps this office space retrofit by Cook+Fox Architects

At the edge of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood sits a nondescript, seven-floor office building built in the early 20th century. Inside, however, the plainness explodes with a modern office interior that is New York City's first-ever LEED Platinum project. Designed by Cook+Fox Architects in 2007, the office at 641 Avenue of the Americas was inspired by the desire to create a healthy and......read more

HAKA Building: Recycled Office

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As green as it gets: "Living Lab" for clean tech companies unveiled in Holland.

What does a waste-free building look like? Something like this, apparently. Dutch design firm Doepel Strikjers Architects has pulled out all the green stops to create this extraordinary office building in Rotterdam. The HAKA Building is a pre-war factory that the architects have converted into a "Living Lab" for clean tech companies and eco organizations. The architectural vision was driven by......read more

Workplace Gardens

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Office gardens encourage a healthy workforce.

With the economy still sputtering, Corporate America hasn't put the shears away yet. Jobs are still being cut, pay is still getting sliced. Shrinking budgets are making some forward-thinking companies look for other, non-monetary ways to benefit employees. One such response are workplace gardens, which are a perfect fit for companies with large office spaces and plenty of unused land on......read more

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