The right desk is an essential part to any green workplace; it has a small footprint, so it doesn't take up too much space; its just the right size to allow you to spread out, without getting cluttered; and it has a place for everything you need, so you can stay organized. And, while the greenest desk is the one you already have, there may come a time where we all need to find a new place to put your laptop or desktop computer.
The desks you'll find here are all designed with the environment in mind, whether they employ responsibly-harvested wood, use non-toxic finishes that won't dirty your workspace's air, exercise really great design ideas that just use less stuff, or all of the above. Each is designed for longevity -- whether through super-sturdy materials or easily replaceable parts -- so it's likely that any on the list will be the last one you'll have to buy for a very, very long time. Hit the jump to get started...
What: Knú Desk #4
Where: getknu.com and Vivavi.com
Why: Made in the United States of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood, available in six veneers, built with zero-VOC water-borne PVA adhesives, to minimize volatile organic compounds and indoor air pollution, and held up with 40% recycled/100% recyclable steel legs.
How much: $1379
Nice touch: The only desk we've ever seen that looks like it might take flight if you don't hold it down.
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What: ReKindle Desk by InModern
Where: Design Public
Why: Built from FSC/Rainforest Alliance Certified SmartWood with 100% formaldehyde-free adhesives, water-based stains and a UV cured finish to minimize volatile organic compounds and indoor air pollution.
How much: $425
Nice touch: All pieces are shipped flat to conserve packaging and reduce waste, and it assembles (and disassembles, for easy moving) without any tools.
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What: Wave Desk by Offi
Where: Puredesignonline and Vivavi.com
Why: Formaldehyde-free adhesives minimize volatile organic compounds and don't contribute to indoor air pollution, and resource-efficient molded plywood construction uses 8-10 times less wood than conventional wood milling.
How much: $899
Nice touch: The desk is designed to create a feeling of refuge from your surroundings, much like the perfect wave. Far out.
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What: Delta Desk by Brave Space Design
Where: Brave Space Design
Why: Made from FSC-certified maple wood and a water-based finish to help minimize volatile organic compounds and indoor air pollution.
How much: $1350
Nice touch: Designed to utilize some of the space beneath the main work area, the winged shelves create space to store peripherals that would otherwise clutter valuable work space; the underside is also available in six suave colors and the whole thing packs flat for efficient shipping.
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What: 47" x 47" Corner Desk by Legaré Furniture
Why: The reversible, modular desk requires no tools to assemble, and uses FSC-certified Baltic Birch hardwoods.
How much: $489
Nice touch: The corner design makes maximum use of space, and the desk is designed for ultra-modularity: it has removable, adjustable shelves and can have bridges and other accessories added to either side. Doesn't come with the dog, though.
More: Legarefurniture.com and TreeHugger
Check out TreeHugger's BuyGreen: Office & Desk Chairs to find a companion for your new desk, and click on over to our How to Green Your Work guide for more tips on going green in the office. Stay tuned for more guides for buying green for your office, your home and your life.