What green office supplies are available?

Green office supplies help the environment, save you money and improve your public image.  You can find a green alternative to almost any conventional office product.   What are green office supplies? There are many green office alternatives for almost all your current office supplies.  Some may be made from recycled products such as paper, … Read more

green office supplies

Green office supplies help the environment, save you money and improve your public image.  You can find a green alternative to almost any conventional office product.

 

What are green office supplies?

There are many green office alternatives for almost all your current office supplies.  Some may be made from recycled products such as paper, pens and pencils.  There are many of types of green office supplies such as:

  • Cups from corn-derived resin.
  • Non toxic cleaning products
  • Vinegar and coconut based window cleaners
  • Solar calculators
  • Refillable pens
  • Reusable envelopes

Some online retailers you should look at to give you more of an idea of the kinds of products are www.seventhgeneration.com, www.methodhome.com and www.thegreenoffice.co.uk.

 

Why use green office supplies?

The most obvious reason to use green office supplies is to reduce your impact on the environment. You will also reduce resource consumption, waste and pollution.

Green office supplies are also more economical.  They tend to be more durable and have longer life spans.  Some are also re-usable meaning you can save money by having to buy products less often.

You will be supporting the green supplies industry.  The more businesses that buy from these green supply companies, the more they can continue and develop more alternative products.

 

Types of office supplies:

 

Paper:

Paper is the most used office item.  You can limit your environmental impact by purchasing recycled paper.  There are many retailers who now sell green office alternatives.

There is a misconception that recycled paper is poor quality and expensive.  This is no longer the case.  You can find recycled paper that is actually cheaper than virgin alternatives.

 

Pens:

Just like paper you can buy recycled pens.  Plastic is easily recycled.  This recycled plastic makes up the body of the pen.  You can also get recycled paper and cardboard pens.

You will find they are durable and long lasting unlike many conventional alternatives saving you money.  There are also refillable options further reducing the need for you to buy more pens.

 

Staple-less stapler:

Green office supplies should limit resource consumption whilst still providing a professional service.  A staple-less stapler may seem strange.  However, you can save money by not having to buy staples.  Your paper documents will still look professional.

 

Binders and files:

You can easily choose green office alternatives for binders and files, as many are created by cardboard.  Sites like www.thegreenoffice.co.uk have many varieties.  The price of recycled binders and files are similar to conventional options.

 

The few options looked at on this article are mainly admin based green office supplies.  However, you should remember that there are green supplies for:

  • Cleaning
  • Kitchens
  • Furniture
  • Waste disposal

 

The easiest way you can decide what you need to purchase is to make a list of your current office supplies.  Then do some research and see if there are green alternatives you can buy.

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