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Swap Your Daily Office Essentials for These 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives

At®, we’re fans of anything that is both environmentally conscious and helps make the workday a little easier and more fun. However, the majority of items used in the office each day are a foe to the planet. There is hope, though: Many office essentials – from phone chargers to calculators – have a greener twin. To start making the switch today to eco-friendly alternatives, check out these products we found.

Hey, battery battery

Instead of going the traditional route of purchasing throwaway batteries that end up in the landfill, opt for an eco-friendly alternative: the USBCELL MXAA02 AA Rechargable Battery. When these batteries run out of power, there’s no need to run to the store to purchase more. When you pull the top off of one of these batteries, it transforms into a USB that plugs into your computer to charge.

Smells like environmental friendliness

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, keep your desk smelling fresh and use little power in the process, the Young Living USB Diffuser could be the answer. Compact and silent, simply fill the oil chamber with the essential oil of your choice – peppermint and tangerine have great energizing properties – and plug directly into the USB drive of your desktop or laptop computer. The diffuser doesn’t require an additional power source – it runs off your computer’s charge. And when the oil is atomized, a subtle fragrance is dispersed into the air.

Crunch these numbers

Have a job that requires simple math but you can’t quite solve the equations in your head? The Canon® HS-1000TG One-Color 10-Digit Desktop Calculator may be your saving grace. This nifty device runs on renewable energy – solar power and AA batteries for backup. Plus, the outer casing is made of 100% recycled plastic, so you call feel good about using it.

Kick your morning habit to the curb

Instead of reaching for a disposable cup for your morning java fix, opt for an eco-friendly look-alike, such as the “I Am Not A Paper Cup” Thermal Porcelain Mug. Why? The average office worker in the United States uses around 500 throwaway cups each year, which adds up to a lot of wasted paper, or worse – Styrofoam, which never fully breaks down in the landfill.

Here comes the sun

Want to charge your phone and take it easy on the environment at the same time? This sleek, Solar-Powered Charger & Light could do the trick. Harnessing the energy of the sun, this eco-friendly charger-and-light duo can fully charge most smartphone models in two hours. Plus, after the charger’s solar panels are exposed to direct sunlight, the device promises to give off 150 hours of light – a great alternative to a traditional desk lamp. The maker’s business model is enticing, too: for every solar charger purchased, the company will give a light to someone in the world who is without electricity.

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