In our last post we talked materials: how those used in much of today’s office furniture can be harmful to your health with laminates and MDF, and how Xdesk is making a difference by not using those materials.
Today, we’re going to touch on another benefit of Xdesk’s choice of materials: the environmental impact. See, at Xdesk, they not only care about your health, but that of the entire planet’s as well.
As we mentioned before, Xdesk’s height adjustable desks are made from completely natural materials—there are no laminates; no MDF; there aren’t even any solvent-based paints in these adjustable height desks. That means you can literally breathe freely, without worrying about harming your lungs or health.
Not only do these height adjustable desks contribute to a healthier planet with what they don’t include, but also with what they do include: 100 percent natural and eco-friendly materials, like bamboo and recycled aluminum.
Alright, let’s start with bamboo. Each of the height adjustable desks with bamboo desktops (The “Terra” style) were designed specifically to be environmentally friendly and sturdy. Bamboo has an amazing ability to grow and spread quickly—in some cases three to four feet per day—without the need for fertilizers, pesticides, or even much water.
Bamboo groves also help the environment by releasing about 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized grove of trees. It matures and can be re-planted within just seven years, compared to a whopping 30-50 years for large trees.
On top of that, bamboo is also one of the hardest woody surfaces, making it perfect to write on.
Aside from bamboo, each of Xdesk’s height adjustable desks uses recycled aluminum, at least for the frame. Of course if you’re into a more modern look, you can choose the Xdesk Air, which not only has a recycled aluminum frame, but also desktop. It’s made from a single thin piece of aluminum and it looks just like what the name suggests: it appears to float on air.
But let’s get back to aluminum. Manufacturing new aluminum from virgin ore is a very energy-intensive process, the details of which I won’t bore you with (also, it would take about a page and a half to explain). However, recycling aluminum saves over 90 percent of the energy needed to create new aluminum. Every year, recycled aluminum saves about 11 billion kilowatt-hours. To put that into perspective for you, this is about the same as 19 million barrels of oil.
Of course this does wonders for the reduction of pollution, by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. According to Jennifer Carless in Taking out the Trash, just by using recycled aluminum instead of virgin ore, you’re eliminating 95 percent of air pollution and 97 percent of water pollution.
So as you can see, when you choose a height adjustable desk from Xdesk, you’re making a decision not only to improve your own health, but that of the entire planet’s as well.
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