Choosing Environmentally Friendly Office Cubicle Decorations: A Gift Guide

If you work in a green office or are buying a gift for someone who does, rejoice. More than ever, companies have responded to the green movement by offering environmentally friendly knickknacks, decorations and supplies that are long on style, but short on earthly impact. Here, a list of 8 great green decorations for your office cubicle and beyond.

Water Yourself Daily

Sawgrass Green Hydration Vessel, $29.95

Sawgrass Green Hydration Vessel, $29.95

This gorgeous water bottle will liven up any green office space in a flash. Designed to mimic the organic beauty of blown glass, this BSP-free bottle by KOR looks like a luminous green crystal sculpture. It’s also ergonomic and easy to use, with a regulated flow that minimizes spills and splashes. Added bonus: Sales benefit The Wetlands Initiative.

Greensleeves

GreenSmart’s Neogreene Laptop Sleeve, $19.95

GreenSmart’s Neogreene Laptop Sleeve, $24.95

A sleek and smart laptop sleeve that’s good for the environment is the perfect gift idea for the treehugger in your life. This sleeve, by GreenSmart, uses 25% less petroleum and 25% less energy than similar sleeves and is made without toxic adhesives like VOCs, chlorine and formaldehyde. What’s more, this sleeve is waterproof, light, durable and stylish. Plus, at only $24.95, it’s a fantastic deal!

Smooth Sounds

AON Box Speakers, $14

AON Box Speakers, $19.95

Add a punch of color to an otherwise boring workspace with these collapsible box speakers by AON. Not only are these great looking, but the speaker boxes’ outer housing and packaging are made with 100% Renewable Resources. They are totally transportable and are compatible with all iPod devices, Mp3 players, mutlitmedia cell phones, portable DVD players and portable gaming devices. Definitely a gift that keeps on giving.

Scribble and Share

Tag Business Cards, $14

Tag Business Cards, $14

Inspired by a businessman who ran out of his own cards at a dinner party, these business cards do their part to save Mother Earth by cutting down on waste. How many times have you ordered cards only to take a promotion or new job and end up with hundreds of leftovers? The Tag Business Cards by Up to You eliminate such waste and provide a quirky, memorable way to share your information.

Note To Self: Stay Green

EcoSystem Advisor Notebook, $10-$19

EcoSystem Advisor Notebook, $10-$19

A beautiful and practical way to brighten up any office cubicle, the EcoSystem Advisor notebook helps you and yours keep life’s hectic schedules in check and provides space for note-taking, fact logging and more. Available in weekly and monthly formats, with several cheerful colors to choose from.

Beachy Keen

Beachworld Biosphere, $59.99

Beachworld Biosphere, $59.99

Bring a bit of the Hawaiian Islands into your life with this Zen-like biosphere by Beachworld. This little undersea “community” features tiny Hawaiian shrimp that are entirely sustained in their own little ecosystem by  heat and light. This is the perfect gift for those who appreciate that there are greater things in the world than themselve (plus, it’s gorgeous, too!).

Roll with It

Bamboo Roller Pen, $40

Bamboo Roller Pen, $40

Bamboo is definitely one of the “it” materials for green flooring, cabinetry, desks and other home and office items, but it also makes for a beautiful gift, in the form of a roller pen. Let your green groupie show his or her affinity for saving the planet by toting around this practical statement of their commitment. Added bonus: With your purchase of the Bamboo Tornado pen, Retro 51 will make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to rescue 250 square feet of rainforest and the habitat it protects.

Clock It

Slate Wall Clock, $95

Slate Wall Clock, $95

Assuming the boss is okay with a new wall fixture, this slate wall clock, made from used schoolroom chalkboards and reclaimed Douglas fir trim, makes for one striking statement. Greenies will love that these pieces are all handmade in Wisconsin and that each carries their own history and personality.

While gift-giving can get tricky, these products are all sure to please. Happy Holidays!

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