Adventures in Office Greening, Volume 1, Issue 3
Our Office Greening committee’s efforts to reduce both energy use and solid waste is in full swing, but I’m stymied by some questions. Here are three of them:
1. Let’s say you have a dozen boxes of incandescent lightbulbs and you want to lower your impact on the environment.
a. Do you use the lightbulbs you already have so as to not waste them? (This may take awhile, during which you are using 4 times the electricity and producing 4 times as much heat)
b. Do you dump all of them into the trash (i.e. landfill), because they can not be recycled. And then buy all new compact flourescent lightbulbs? (Dispose of CFL’s properly)
2. Bottled beverages travel to reach you. Since glass is heavy, it adds to the fuel consumption of trucks. If the bottles were instead made out of plastic, it would use less fuel in the shipping, but use petroleum in the plastic production. If everything was accounted for, would one come out ahead?
3. Wouldn’t it make sense to modify all gym exercise equipment to be able to generate, rather than use, electricity?
+ See past Office Greening posts here