Recycled Paper & FSC Paper – call The Green Office today
Recycled Paper and (Forest Stewardship Council) FSC Paper – need someone reliable to consult you on greening your office? The Green Office can help.
As more people choose to use FSC & recycled Paper, a green stationery company that knows exactly what its doing is an important asset. If you’re looking for a recycled & FSC Paper supplier, look no further than The Green Office – already one of the most trusted Green Stationery suppliers in the UK – which is offering a dedicated Green Consultant to aid you in greening your office.
FSC & Recycled Paper supplier – choose The Green Office
Why choose The Green Office for your Recycled & FSC Paper requirements? We offer a service that is accessible and where the Green Consultants can talk to you in language that you understand. Call 0845 3890390 now to find out more about this great service from the UK’s Green Stationery specialist, or register with The Green Office today by clicking on the login button on the top right hand side of the screen then select create account.
Choosing The Green Office as your FSC & Recycled Paper company gives you a range of benefits, including:
• Free next day delivery on all orders over £100
• Dedicated Green Consultant
• Contract prices available for qualified customers
• Tree Planted for every £100 Spent
• widest selection of green stationery products in the market.
FSC & Recycled Paper supplier – join today
You can join The Green Office at any time and start saving money and the environment. Your Green Consultant will then supply you with a wide range of tools, services, tips and information to aid you green your office. Whether you need a FSC & Recycled Paper Supplier, or just someone to explain any aspect of office greening, The Green Office’s Green team can help. Best of all, they’ll be able to explain everything to you without using techno-babble and industry jargon.
To find out more Call 0845 3890390 and one of our green consultants will be happy to help you with any green stationery product or office greening concerns.
SEVEN STEPS TO A GREENER OFFICE
STEP ONE: USE RECYCLED OFFICE PAPERS.
Each year we use 750,000 tonnes of short life office papers in the UK. Of these 85% are imported and 74% are thrown away as if they were waste. By purchasing recycled papers we can reduce land filling, cut imports and save energy. It takes half the energy to produce papers through recycling rather than pulping trees. In 2007 for the first time the UK exported over half the waste paper it collected for recycling, mainly due to lack of domestic demand. You can change this by buying recycled papers.
WHAT TO DO:
Make sure your office buys these readily available recycled papers; Laser Copier, inkjet papers, envelopes, notepads, letterheads, files and folders.
STEP TWO: COLLECT & RECYCLE YOUR OFFICE PAPERS.
It costs £30 a tonne and rising to dispose of waste paper yet it can be worth far more if it is sorted and recycled. In the UK we dispose of around 20 million tonnes of refuse each year, 90% of this ends up in landfill sites, Switzerland dumps only 20% in this way. Offices are potentially a major source of high quality sorted waste papers.
WHAT TO DO:
Provide recycling bins beside desks and printers/copiers. Make sure you have separate bins for white papers and coloured and heavily printed papers. Only by offering sorted white waste does it become viable for recyclers to collect your low value mixed waste. Contact the national recycling network to arrange for a collector in your area.
STEP THREE: AVOID DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS.
Many office products are sold as inexpensive commodities because they have short lives and are disposable. In reality we all pay the costs of disposal in pollution, waste and rapidly dwindling resources. Many offices buy items on price when buying better quality durable and re-usable products can reduce your purchasing costs.
WHAT TO DO:
Recycle your laser and inkjet cartridges. Use refillable pens and long life markers. Buy long life light bulbs and heavy duty files. Use non disposable cups or arrange collection of your vending cups from Sava-Cup. Make sure disposable products can be recycled if there is no alternative to using them.
STEP FOUR: AVOID UNNECESSARY CHEMICALS.
Many products contain polluting chemicals that cause damage to the ecosystem in their production or disposal. Solvents in office products and furniture can cause irritations to your staff and help produce a sick building syndrome. Often there are alternatives to the most dangerous chemicals that work just as well. There is no need to take risks with your health and environment when you dont have to.
WHAT TO DO:
Use polypropylene plastics in preference to PVC. Buy vegetable based glues, Toluene and xylene free markers, trichloroethane free correctors and bio-degradable cleaning products. Make sure furniture has low levels of formaldahide or neutralise it with absorbing plants.
STEP FIVE: REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION.
Energy is not only expensive to use it also has considerable environmental costs. The burning of fossil fuels is having unpredictable effects on our atmosphere and climate. Six of the seven warmest years on record have occurred in the last 15 years. Using less energy makes economic sense, It costs three times more to generate a watt of power than to save it. Business can also expect to pay higher and higher taxes on energy use.
WHAT TO DO:
Set office temperatures at under 20C, install energy efficient boilers and controls. Appoint a member of staff to turn off lights and computers. Use low energy light bulbs, sava plugs and insulate roof spaces and doors.
STEP SIX: IMPROVE EMPLOYEES ENVIRONMENT.
Millions of pounds a year are spent on health care for employees and millions more are lost by employees absences due to poor office environments. This can be reduced by creating an environment that prevents health problems occurring.
WHAT TO DO:
Control humidity and iron levels, install natural vetilation systems, use plants to filter the air and site photocopiers near vents. Buy full spectrum light tubes to alleviate S.A.D. and fit anti-radiation screens to computer screens. Reduce work stress by planning projects well in advance so you do not force unrealistic deadlines on your suppliers. Things go wrong when people are rushed.
STEP SEVEN: MAKE TRAVELLING SUSTAINABLE.
Today our roads are saturated with traffic and more and more people are suffering from bronchial complaints due in the main to car exhaust. We need to use cheaper cleaner and more reliable transport options at work and avoid the single occupancy car journey wherever possible.
WHAT TO DO:
Operate an office car sharing scheme. Offer financial incentives for staff to use public transport. Give interest free loans for employees to buy bicycles and provide changing facilities. Demand electric and alternative fuel vehicles from fleet suppliers. Opperate flexable working hours see we are not all travelling at the same time.
FIVE REASONS TO USE GREEN OFFICE PRODUCTS.
ONE: Purchasing green office supplies helps reduce the impact of your business on the environment. Green purchasing reduces overall resource consumption and waste pollutants.
TWO: Green office products are economical. Many standard stationery items are commodities sold purely on price, they are often disposable and have short lives. Green products tend to have long lives and are re-usable, thereby offering good cost savings to businesses. Some green items like laser cartridges also offer direct price advantages because they use recycled components.
THREE: Using green products creates a positive staff culture from a sense that employers are caring and have long term goals. Very often the introduction of recycled papers into an office has the effect of reducing the amount of paper consumed as staff take greater care to save paper. This caring attitude is also communicated to customers and can have a positive impact on gaining new business.
FOUR: Environmental issues are increasingly perceived as central to total quality management. The insurance industry is very concerned about claims being made due to environmental damage and may require higher premiums from companies that do not have environment policies. 20 percent of the New York Stock Market is now regarded as green or ethical. This has come about because the institutional investors recognise that they get higher returns from companies that have environmental policies. Keeping an eye on the potential disasters that could hit a companies profits in the long term is sound management.
FIVE: The Green supplies industry is currently very embryonic and purchasing from green companies helps to support these new industries. Without the support of committed customers these new industries can not create the markets that will allow the development of alternative products and services. This support includes purchasing non green items (where a green alternative product does not exist) from suppliers who have an advanced environmental policy.
Five Useful Tips For Keeping Your Office Green
1. Save Electricity
- Instead of taking the elevator every day, use the stairs. Not only will you be saving energy, but you’ll also be getting your daily dose of exercise too!
- Turn your lights off every time you leave your office or area, even if it’s only for ten minutes. The notion that you use more electricity turning lights on and off simply isn’t true. You use less electricity when you aren’t using it.
- Use windows to their maximum capacity. Draw back the curtains and let all that natural light in! You might not even need to use a light at all.
- Turning off your cell phone when it’s finished charging is another great way to save electricity. Leaving your phone turned on once it’s finished charging actually uses just as much electricity as when it’s charging.
- During the summer months, close the blinds partially. This will keep the room from heating up and using more air conditioning.
- Use only as much water and coffee grinds as you need for your office. If you’re the only drinking coffee, don’t make a whole pot.
2. Reduce Supplies
- Keep track of how much paper and toner you use. Just keeping track of how much paper you’re wasting is sure to make you pay attention to it and reduce the number. Use any paper that can’t be used for scrap paper. Use it to take messages, write reminders, etc.
- Instead of making copies of very large documents, email them or put the document together in a Power Point presentation.
- When possible, read documents on the computer rather than printing them out.
- Always use the “Print Preview” option before printing something out. This will let you see if there are mistakes in your document and save you from printing it out twice.
- Email phone messages and other messages instead of writing them on paper.
- Regularly update mailing lists and delete any that are out of date.
- Don’t use fax cover sheets when you don’t absolutely have to.
- Create business cards for departments rather than for individual people.
- Use scrap paper that has writing on one side to create draft documents. Always make sure that all staples and paper clips have been removed.
- Change printer settings so that “Draft” qualities are being printed rather than “Best.” This will reduce the amount of times you’ll need to print the document.
3. Share Stationary
- Ask that reports be printed once and passed around the office for everyone to read instead of printing out a different report for every person.
- Share supplies such as staplers, hole punches, etc. instead of buying each person their own.
- Use labels that can be reused for sending out packages and then reuse the packages.
- Use tape dispensers and pens that are refillable rather than buying new ones.
- Buy recycled paper products. Make sure that anything that will be going through a machine such as a printer or photocopier can handle high volumes of recycled paper. Also buy re manufactured toner rather than buying new.
- Use recycling bins. Set a few up for paper, aluminum, and cardboard and place them throughout the office.
- Use a reusable mug for your coffee instead of using a paper or plastic cup several times a day.
- Car pool with a friend on the way to and from work or take the bus.
5. Pass It On
Tell your office that you’re going green and encourage everyone to join in!
Going green is especially important in today’s day and age when everyone’s worried about using up our resources and reducing consumption. Office spaces are one of the easiest places to go green, and maybe even save some overhead costs too!