Happy Monday and welcome to the fourth installment of "Home is where the office is" — a special springtime series of product-centric posts celebrating the roughly 20 million members of the American workforce that shuffle to their dens, spare bedrooms, kitchen tables, mom caves or backyard office pods at least once a week to perform what would otherwise be performed in a soulless office block miles away.
Now that we've got the important stuff — desks, task chairs and lamps — out of the way, it's time for the little things; all the must-have crap that, for better or worse, dominates a home workspace. You know what I'm talking about: staplers, scissors, pens, paperclips, notepads, Post-its and the like.
Below you'll find 15 common home office supply items with different eco-attributes. It's a diverse list — scissors with recycled plastic handles, a sustainable wood pencil sharpener/holder combo, non-electric shredders, Pilot roller ball pens made from recycled plastic bottles — and that's really just skimming the surfaces. I was surprised how much good, green stuff is out there when it comes to office supplies.
Stay tuned for next week when I spotlight eco-friendly organization systems for home workspaces.
Desk Set by Singgih Kartono for Areaware @ A+R Store ($85 — includes tape dispenser, stapler, envelope opener, letter holder)
Pilot B2P Recycled Bottle Gel Rollerball Pens @ Amazon.com ($6.99 — 3/pack, fine point, black)
Bamboo Desktop Dry-Erase Board @ See Jane Work ($14)
Fiskars EcoWorks Scissors @ Walgreens ($9.99)
Muji Colored Pencils @ Muji ($27.95/tube of 60)
I'm a Paper Paperclip @ See Jane Work ($6.50)
Muji Recycled Paper Memo Pad @ Muji ($1.25)
Coccoina Adhesive-Glue Stick @ See Jane Work ($4.50)
Bye Bye Handy Shredder by I.D.E.A. and Yuen'to Japan @ A+R Store ($44)
Suck UK Sharpener Wood Desk Tidy @ 2Shopper ($30 — made from sustainable rubberwood)
Shredder Scissors @ MoMA Store ($18)
Hydro Power Calculator @ Kikkerland ($13)
Endangered Species Eraser @ Kikkerland ($12)
Acco Recycled Paper Clips @ Staples ($6.29/1000 pack)
DBA 98 Pen @ DBA ($8.98 — 3/pack)