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Go Green All Year Long with Eco-Conscious Office Products
by Martin Lieberman, Staples®
It doesnt have to be Earth Day for you to be kind to the planet. From eco-friendly practices like printing on both sides of a page to using recycled desk accessories and other products, your office can be green with just a little extra effort.
And the benefits go beyond helping the planet, also helping your health and energy costs. Eco-conscious products can help you reduce waste and the use of resources, save energy, protect your health by eliminating harsh chemicals and promote responsibly sourced raw materials, explains Jake Swenson, Stapless director of sustainable products and services. You dont have to pay more for them or sacrifice on quality. Cost-competitive, high-quality options exist in tissue and cleaning supplies, Energy Starcertified technology and lighting, sticky notes, coffee and tea, toner, pens and many other products we sell at Staples.
Here are just some of the eco-friendly options offered by Sustainable Earth by Staples and other brands.
A number of factors can contribute to a products being green, from how its made to its impact on the environment during or after use. These two new kinds of eco-conscious paper are created from agricultural waste materials.
Remanufactured and Recycled Products
In 2013, Staples recycled its 350 millionth ink and toner cartridge. Some of those cartridges are remanufactured into new cartridges that cost 10% to 15% less than a brand-new cartridge. More significant is the environmental impact: Using remanufactured ink and toner cartridges results in a 38% reduction in total energy use and a 36% reduction in global warming potential, according to environmental studies conducted by the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Of course, not every cartridge meets remanufacturing requirements for ink and toner cartridges. In those cases, the cartridges are ground up to manufacture a whole other line of products, like staplers and calculators. One example among thousands of products Staples sells containing post-consumer recycled materials is B2P® Ballpoint Pens from Pilot. These are the world's first pens to be made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and come in variety of ink colors.
Green cleaning products clean just as effectively as regular cleaning products do, but theyre made with natural, nontoxic ingredients that are safer for the environment. And because they don't contain harsh chemicals, theyre less damaging to most surfaces and support improved indoor air quality for you and your colleagues or family.
If youre looking for green cleaning supplies, you have multiple options, including all-purpose cleaner from Sustainable Earth by Staples and others from brands like Clorox Green Works, Seventh Generation and more. The Rubbermaid HYGEN cleaning system is a great option too; the bucket filters the dirty water, allowing it to be reused and used longer, thus conserving water.
In addition to Energy Starqualified technology and lightbulbs that help you save energy and money, Staples offers innovative solutions like Staples Connect. You can use Staples Connect to control lights, thermostat, locks, alarms and other aspects of your home or office, even when youre not there. Save energy by turning down the heat or air conditioning, turning off the lights or setting the thermostat to stay at an ideal temperature.
The Staples Connect app works on any smartphone, tablet or PC, and links into a hub that syncs with the devices and systems you want to control. Just connect the hub to your broadband wirelessly or by Ethernet cable, and you'll be communicating with your enabled appliances and electronics and conserving energy in no time.
Additional Ways to Go Green
Staples offers other eco-friendly options:
Keep the Environment in Mind
The products mentioned here are made with renewable resources, recycled materials and/or are third-party certified to validate their environmental attributes. Whether you opt for alternative papers, remanufactured toner cartridges, sustainable office supplies, eco-preferable cleaning supplies or green cleaning products, or some combination of all those things, youre helping to lessen your impact on the environment.