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Home offices aren't necessarily in a separate room anymore.  This one saves space with a large desk that could double as a kitchen table.  Less space means lower carbon footprint.

I am ashamed to say that my home office decor is deplorable.  You can see it in this video taken last year when I had 6 other people working in it with me.

 

So with our Green-up Your Workplace Challenge coming up for Earth Day, I decided to look for green design ideas to spif it up with eco-friendly home office furniture, lighting and accessories.

I started looking for ideas at HGTV and was delighted to find they are showcasing over 125 home office design ideas submitted by homeowners and interior designers. 

They've got modern home offices, eclectic home offices, traditional home offices, contemporary home offices, arts and crafts home offices, cottage home offices, tropical home offices, English country home offices, transitional home offices, mid-century modern and even Mediterranean home offices.

I hope they add a green home office project with all natural, all American made wooden office furniture: desks, file cabinets, credenza, occasional tables and chairs (maybe even using reclaimed, recycled barnwood).  Then add in organic cotton rugs, draperies and upholstery, energy efficient electronics, light bulbs, light fixtures and maybe even FSC certified wood flooring.  That would be a good project to post on Earth Day, HGTV.  Just a suggestion.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Earth-day-2012

 

If you had to give your workplace a grade for "greenliness" what would it be?  Most people I've talked to say they at least have recycling containers at work.  For paper that is.  Not many have recycling for cans or plastic though.  Not many have consistently emphasized programs for energy efficiency either (with a focus on turning computers and equipment off at night, turning lights out when not in use, replacing old incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency ones, etc.) 

Come on now.  It's 2012.  We've had 42 Earth Days come and go since the first one in 1970.  What seems to be the problem?  Don't settle for a "D" on your report card.

At Vermont Woods Studios we're trying to help make this year's Earth Day (April 22, 2012) a little more successful in the workplace.  Manjula and Dennis cooked up a "Green Up Your Workplace Challenge".  It's a virtual Facebook event and we're asking you to attend.  You can do so by liking us on our Facebook and then attending the "Green Up Your Workplace" event (a Facebook page where we'll post photos, links, stories, tips and advice for how to get an A in 'greenliness" for your workplace). 

Give it a try!  Our goal is to get 400 people to attend the "Green Up Your Workplace Challenge" between now and Earth Day and we're going to plant a tree for each person who attends.  How about giving us a hand?

 

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Green-up Tip # 1, Re-use whatever you can instead of buying disposable things. This is Manjula using her terry towel instead of paper towels. Each of us has our own color.

 

 

 

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Earth Day is just around the corner, on April 22.  This year is a Big Milestone:  the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so I thought you might want to do something special to honor Mother Nature.  How about planting a tree? 

As makers of wood furniture, we at Vermont Woods Studios are all about tree planting and hugging and such.  I love this website, called Trees Are Good.  It's run by the International Society of Arboriculture in Champaign, IL.  In addition to extolling the many environmental benefits of trees (like moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife) they also point out virtues like beauty, serenity and tranquility:

"We feel serene, peaceful and restful in a grove of trees.  Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their room offers a view of trees." 

Amazing isn't it?  

Trees Are Good has lots of advice on how to plant a tree, what kind of trees to select, care for trees, pruning, feeding, mulching, pest control and much more.  Check it out!

Next Thursday, a week from today I hope you'll consider planting a tree in your yard or perhaps in someone else's yard as a gift.  Maybe you have someone you'd like to honor or remember with your new tree.  Trees make a beautiful and enduring memorial. 

Happy Earth Day.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Been waiting to purchase that fine furniture you’ve been lusting after all these many months or even years?  Well, wait no more!  Here’s a great reason to finalize your decisions and get your house in order today.

Vermont Woods Studios is launching it’s Fifteen Percent For the Forest initiative and Eco Furniture Sale.  From Earth Day, April 22 until the Summer Solstice on June 21, 15% percent of the profits from all furniture purchased will be donated to charitable organizations working to protect the forest environment.

Choose which organization you would like to benefit from your purchase, including our favorites:

Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
Northeast Wilderness Trust
World Wildlife Fund

Vermont Family Forests

  

 

Curved_Bench_Doug_Jones_Vermont_Woods Or suggest your own favorite.  As long as it is a bonafide non-profit organization, working to preserve forestlands, it’s good to go.  Give us a call at 888-390-5571 for more details.

Start your shopping today!  It takes awhile to find the perfect furniture for your space, especially if you have any customization in mind.  The initiative ends in June.  What are you waiting for? 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Vermont Woods Studios has been selected to partner with Franklin Pierce University on their Annual Earth Day Forum in Rindge, New Hampshire.  The event takes place on Tuesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pierce Hall.  It will include information on government and private sector incentives to live a greener lifestyle.  All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as seating is
limited. Please call 603.899.4322 to reserve.

Franklin Pierce University is at the forefront of the green movement
with recent sustainability initiatives including a conversion to wood
pellet heating of campus buildings, elimination of disposable
dinnerware in the cafeteria and initiatives of student groups such as
the ECO Club, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Small
Business Advisory Group (SBA).  We hope to see you at the Forum!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.