Would you like to do your part to protect the environment? Read on for our favourite tips for making your office eco-friendly.
Of course you know all about the benefits of choosing recycled paper. Don’t limit yourself to paper though, but also consider choosing recycled cardboard, notepads, pencils, and many other things you use in your business, as you’ll see below.
In addition, you should also know that we are happy to pick up your waste paper to feed it back into the next round of recycled paper. Yes, it saves lots of trees… and water. We have a cool cartoon video about saving trees through recycling. Click on the link below to check it out:
Here’s the best part: using recycled paper is only the beginning. Also remember that there are usually two parts to the equation: using paper and other items made out of recycled material, and then returning them to the cycle by recycling them when you’re done with them. Oh, and of course you can also reuse some of them. That’s even better.
You’ll be surprised how many other things will help you be good to the earth. And you can do it all as a normal part of running your business:
1) Paper, Folders, Cardboard, And More
As we suggested above, start with paper! It’s the easiest to recycle, of course, and you probably go through lots of paper on a daily basis, so recycling paper will make the biggest difference if you choose to do just one thing. Once you’re done with your paper, shred the sensitive materials and recycle the rest. We’ll be glad to pick it up when we make our next delivery.
2) Ink And Toner Cartridges
Ink and toner cartridges are also easy to recycle. You can purchase ones with recycled parts, and we’ll take them back for recycling to give them many more go-arounds. You’ll even save money by choosing recycled or refurbished cartridges! And yes, they come with warranties, just like the new ones!
3) Desk Accessories
Consider all those gadgets you may have on your desk to keep you organised. Letter trays, sorting trays, magazine racks, pen pots, desk tidies, and much more. Guess what! We have entire lines of desk sets that are made out of recycled materials, either entirely or at least in part.
Some of them can be recycled again after use. You’ll find some of them on pages 5 and 7 of our electronic catalogue (and there are many more. Just search for “recycled”):
4) Promotional Products
When it comes to promotional products, you have another great opportunity to be good to the earth. You’ll be able to get the word out about your business while also letting people know that you do your part to protect the environment. We carry lots of items that are made out of recycled materials, either in part of in their entirety.
Among those products are pens, shopping bags, plastic mugs, yo-yos, button badges, ID card holders, and more. We even offer a 6-can cooler made out of recycled material. Other eco-friendly products are made out of biodegradable materials. You can easily find them on our promotional products site by searching for “recycled”:
5) Break Room Supplies
There are even more ways to protect the earth. Consider your break room supplies. You can easily choose paper cups and plates as well as other accessories that are made out of recyclable material – or at least biodegradable.
And don’t forget about recycling cans and bottles. Keep a set of recycling bins in your break room and ask your team to use them.
6) Green Cleaning
You surely know that many cleaners contain some rather toxic chemicals. If you want to go green, just seek out green cleaners that are biodegradable and won’t harm the environment. They’re easy enough to find. We label them clearly in our catalogue.
7) More Eco-Friendly Office Practices
There are many more things you can do to save the world’s resources. From turning off your computer and other office equipment at the end of the day to using energy saving light bulbs, there are many ways to conserve resources.
And every time you’re tempted to print something, ask yourself if you REALLY need that printout. Remember, you’ll have to file it too. Why not just save it in a folder on your computer.
Also consider doing business with suppliers who offer eco-friendly products. And last but not least, consolidate your orders to reduce the number of trips their delivery van has to make to deliver your products. That will save you money too.
Where Should You Start?
There are so many ways to protect the environment that you may wonder where to start. We’d like to suggest starting at number 1 on the list above and working your way down.
If you’re already using recycled paper and cartridges, consider adding another category or two to your eco-friendly practices list. And then add another, and another, until you’re doing everything that applies to your business.
Questions? Comments? Need anything? We’d love to hear what you think.
Simply visit our website at CraneBusinessSolutions.com, or give us a call on 0800 007 5566.