Confession time: here at Great Green Gadgets, we spend a ton of time at our desks. Because we don’t want to shorten our lifespans by sitting too much, we prefer standing desks. Because those aren’t always practical, we also have traditional type sitting desks (our preferred office chair is a yoga ball — they’re inexpensive, help to improve your posture, and even strengthen core muscles while you work). We work hard to find the most ecologically-friendly products from the most environmentally-responsible manufacturers.
After doing our own research and evaluations, we thought, “Hey – if we’re spending so much time to find the perfect eco desk, wouldn’t our readers be interested?” To that end, we’ve collected our evaluations and recommendations for the top eco desks, based on our own experience. Hopefully this guide will help you save time and money, and shorten your quest for the best desk!
Our Eco Desk Criteria
Here’s how we analyzed all the available eco-friendly work desks before selecting a few for test-drives:
- Desks must be sourced from sustainable resources (bamboo strongly preferred)
- The desk manufacturer must be a good citizen of the planet, actively engaged in eco-conscious activities
- Desks must be a good value for the money
- Smaller desks preferred
- Convertible (standing or sitting) desks preferred
With that in mind, here are the eco desks we loved the most!
Top Convertible Desk: Halter ED-258 Adjustable Elevating Desktop
The first thing you’ll notice about the Halter elevating desktop is, it isn’t a desk. Well, not exactly. See, this nifty gadget sits on top of your desk and serves as a platform for your keyboard and monitor. Need a break from sitting? Squeeze the handles on the sides and give a gentle pull to raise the desktop to exactly where you want it!
Even when fully raised, the work surfaces are sturdy and solid., You won’t have to worry about your monitor trembling while you pound away on your keyboard.
Here’s what we love the most about this eco desk:
- Affordable (costs less than half of what you’d pay for a new convertible desk)
- Easy to use and adjust
- Ample work surface
Maybe you aren’t certain whether to make the jump to a full-on standing desk? Using this adjustable desktop for a few weeks will help you decide whether sitting, or standing (or both!) work best for you. Better still, you can figure this out at a fraction of the price and hassle of buying and building a convertible desk.
GreenGadgets recommendation: Highly recommended.
Top Traditional Office Eco Desk: Legare Configurable Craft Desk
Legare continues to make top-quality office furniture from sustainable, kiln-dried bamboo that’s rugged, durable, and easy to assemble. This isn’t IKEA stuff – Legare’s products are designed to be assembled without the help of tools, and disassembled without damage. If you move home or office often, it’s worth a look…
Legare’s configurable craft desk doesn’t look like your traditional work surface. We like that. We love the exposed end shelves, which keep supplies and reference material at hand without hiding them away where we tend to forget they exist. This desk’s width is adjustable from 48″ to 60″ up to 72″ wide (that’s 4, 5, and 6 feet for the numerically disadvantaged). This is another feature we really like. The Legare craft desk would be a great gift for a college student going out on their own who’s likely to be moving regularly, and might not know in advance how their living and working space might be arranged.
Here’s what we like:
- Easy to assemble (no tools, only about 20 minutes from pieces to finished desk)
- Beautiful, natural look
- Adjustable width
- Extremely tough and durable materials
GreenGadgets recommendation: Recommended.
Do you have a great desk you love? Let us know in the comments!