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Think Green in 2013, Part 5

EON helps offices stay environmentally friendly with a large selection of green products and recycling programs.  “Greening” your office will not only help the environment, but potentially save money for you and your company. Here are some ideas for cutting down waste and saving energy in your office, as well as suggestions of eco-friendly products from EON.

BREAKROOM

Did you know that coffee is one of the most chemically treated and expensive to produce food products used in the US? Buying shade-grown coffee prevents tropical deforestation and choosing organic varieties will protect you from exposure to pesticides. A lot of coffee is grown where rainforest has been cut or burned- look for the green Rainforest Alliance Certified stamp on coffee products to be sure.

A little research goes a long way when it comes to making product choices. Companies like Keurig have a policy of social responsibility and their K-Cup packs that may seem wasteful at first glance can be recycled and their contents composted. They also adapt their packaging to have less environmental impact. Visit their social responsibility page to discover what Keurig is doing to cut down on waste and how you can help: http://www.keurig.com/social-responsibility.

When it comes to eating lunch, consider the amount of gas and waste packaging involved in getting takeout or leaving the office for lunch. Bringing lunch to work in reusable containers cuts down on waste and saves you money, and knowing what is in your food can help you make healthier choices. Especially in the case of beverages a reusable cup can cut down on the amount of Styrofoam and plastic that would enter landfills from disposable cups and bottles.

It is always best to buy food and beverages with the least amount of packaging possible. Try unwrapped candies in favor of individually packaged snacks. As with paper, keeping easily accessible and clearly labelled recycle bins for plastic and aluminum in the breakroom can cut down on the environmental impact of your office. Why not have a flip through our Green Catalog to give your break room a quick eco-makeover?

FEATURED PRODUCTS

3M Reusable 16.9oz BPA-free Water Bottle

SKU: MMMRB01MC022

Reusable, water bottles are exclusively designed for use in the 3M Filtrete Water Station (sold separately), a water filtration system. BPA-free bottles are dishwasher-safe and include a leakproof cap. Slim design allows the bottle to fit in most vehicle beverage holders. Each bottle holds up to 16.9 oz. (500 ml). Threaded, multicolored caps let you color-code according to use or individual.

Baumgartens Bamboo Coffee Station Organizer

SKU: BAU10650

Keep your coffee station neat, organized and clean with separate compartments for sugars, creamers, straws and stir sticks. Heavy-duty bamboo construction ensures years of high-volume usage while the sleek bamboo design adds beauty to your breakroom. Coffee Station Organizer offers three shallow compartments and three deep compartments to store your coffee essentials. Earth-friendly bamboo is a sustainable and renewable material.

 

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Think Green in 2013, Part 4

EON helps offices stay environmentally friendly with a large selection of green products and recycling programs.  “Greening” your office will not only help the environment, but potentially save money for you and your company. Here are some ideas for cutting down waste and saving energy in your office, as well as suggestions of eco-friendly products from EON.

OFFICE SUPPLIES & FURNITURE

Do you know about VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)? Many common office furnishings are made of pressed board, foam, or paint which contains VOCs- toxic compounds that are bad for the environment and potentially your health.  Make sure you buy green products from reputable vendors who can help you choose items that are SCS certified to protect your air quality. You can also find office décor and supplies made with high percentages of post-consumer content, which means those items are made from materials that would otherwise be in landfills.  Also, don’t forget about plants! They help clean the air and beautify your space as well as lifting your mood.

Disposable items like pens and tape dispensers take up space in landfills, so buy refillable versions and buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste. Just as you can promote recycling paper by keeping convenient recycling bins in the office, you can promote recycling of plastic by doing the same. Check regulations for your area before disposing of possibly toxic items such as ink cartridges and spent batteries- you may need to take these to a facility that will deal with this refuse safely.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Pilot Corporation BeGreen B2P Gel Pen

SKU: PIL31600

B2P BeGreen Gel Pen is made from recycled plastic bottles and contains a high percentage of recycled material. Vibrant gel ink delivers smooth, effortless writing. Gel pen has a retractable fine point and is refillable for continued use with G2 refills. Gel pen also earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal.

HON Unanimous 7602 Executive High-Back Chair

SKU: HON7602BW90T

Executive high-back chair offers high performance and comfort. Functions include pneumatic seat-height adjustment from 16-1/4″ to 20-1/4″ high, back-height adjustment, 360-degree swivel, tilt, tilt tension and tilt lock. Arms adjust in height and width. Outer back is upholstered. Executive high-back chair also offers a five-star base with casters for stability and mobility. Weight capacity is 300 lb. Seat size is 19″ wide x 20″ deep. Usable seat depth is 18-1/4″. Back measures 19″ wide x 24-1/2″ to 27-1/2″ high. The distance between the arms is 16-7/8″ to 19-3/8″. Chair is certified by SCS to be in compliance with specific indoor air quality emission requirements and meets or exceeds applicable ANSI/BIFMA standards. Chair is available in black frame only

 For more sticky notes on how to Think Green, click on the Think Green category under EON Sticky Notes to see all articles on conservation.

Think Green in 2013, Part 3

EON helps offices stay environmentally friendly with a large selection of green products and recycling programs.  “Greening” your office will not only help the environment, but potentially save money for you and your company. Here are some ideas for cutting down waste and saving energy in your office, as well as suggestions of eco-friendly products from EON.

PAPER

Paper has been around for almost 2,000 years and has revolutionized the way people spread information. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency has calculated that each office employee in the US generates on average over a pound of paper waste per day. This is a huge drain on the environment, from the trees used to create the paper to the chemicals used to treat the paper and the transportation required to ship it around the globe.

To avoid this unnecessary waste, only print when necessary- emails, notes, and forms are easy to store digitally and will keep you more organized as well. Try to never use two sheets of paper where one will do, such as omitting cover sheets for faxes in favor of a small label. Label sheets can also create a lot of waste, so if you end up printing a lot of them you might try a label printing machine that will align text properly the first time and print on a roll which is more economical. Used paper can be used for note taking, or consider using a dry erase board for notes and reminders- it’s reusable and harder to lose than a sheet of paper. When printing is a must, use both sides of the paper and recycle when possible by keeping easily accessible recycle bins at every desk. Paper can also be taken home to be used for composting, lighting fireplaces and grills, wrapping or cushioning packages, and much more around the house.

If you receive a lot of mass marketing by way of catalogs and mailings you can save paper and send a message by taking the time to contact those companies and opt out of their marketing programs. Most catalogs and coupons cannot be recycled because of how heavily coated in ink and plastic they are.

When purchasing office products, consider printers that print on both sides of the sheet automatically and either purchase paper that already has a high post-consumer content or paper that is unbleached and uncoated, which is easier to recycle in future. Some papers are made using toxic materials, so take care to research products that are processed in environmentally friendly ways. With just a few alterations to the ways you use paper in the workplace you can take large strides toward saving money and protecting this amazing resource for generations.

 

FEATURED PRODUCTS

 

Domtar EarthChoice Copy & Multipurpose Paper

SKU: DMR1842

EarthChoice 30 is a reliable multipurpose paper containing a high percentage of post-consumer recycled fiber and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). EarthChoice contains ColorLok Technology for more vivid colors and bolder blacks. Curl control means jam-free performance and less downtime. Recycled, 20 lb. office paper is engineered to run smoothly on a wide variety of printing equipment including all high-speed copiers, laser printers and inkjet printers. Use for everyday copying, high-speed volume applications and more.

 

Rubbermaid Deskside Recycling Container

SKU: RCP295673BE

The 28-1/8 quart deskside, recycling bin offers an easy, effective way to recycle paper. Ideal for gathering white paper for recycling. One side is marked with the chasing arrows, recycling logo. Sturdy plastic contains post-consumer recycled resin (PCR) exceeding EPA guidelines.

There are a lot of creative ways to conserve or reuse paper in the office. What are your ideas? Our next feature focuses on EON’s specialty- office supplies and furniture. Learn how to shop smart for the environment and your own well-being too!

 For more sticky notes on how to Think Green, click on the Think Green category under EON Sticky Notes to see all articles on conservation.

 

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