Monday, April 16, 2007

Are You Still Pushing Paper

The Benefits
A shorter paper trail. Offices use 1.5 lbs of paper per person per day - if you gotta use it, go for recycled to reduce your impact.
Premium quality. Most recycled paper products look and perform just as well as their non-recycled counterparts.
Client/staff satisfaction. Recycled options only cost a little more - plus, when your clients and staff see the recycled symbol they'll get all warm and fuzzy.
Personally SpeakingJen's passionate about paper recycling to the point that she nearly broke a leg falling down the NYC subway while taking recyclables home from her old workplace, which didn't recycle - but pretended they did.
Wanna TryCups
Ecotainer - biodegradable coffee cups with corn-based (rather than oil-based) lining. Available here (prices vary).
Greenware Cold Drink Cups - also biodegradable and corn-based, but for cold drinks.
Better yet, stock your office kitchen with reusable ceramic mugs.Copy/Printer Paper
PM Company Receipt Rolls - 100% recycled alternative for receipt calculators ($15/12 rolls).
New Leaf Paper - recycled and high-quality, available with matte, gloss or uncoated finishes (prices vary).
OfficeMax and Staples - even the chain stores sell recycled reams ($5-$6/ream).Envelopes
ecoenvelopes - easily reusable business reply envelopes, available in 100% PCW stock.Other
3M Post-It Recycled Paper Notes - everybody needs a sticky little reminder sometimes ($7-$18/12 pads).
File Folders - 100% recycled and letter-sized ($13/100).
Ampad Recycled Hanging File Folders - 100% PCW recycled ($12/25).
Rippedsheets Recycled Labels - recycled paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (prices vary).
Printing For Less - totally affordable light green printer used by The Bite.
Conservatree - an excellent online guide to choosing eco-friendly paper products.

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