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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.

 

Think Green in 2013, Part 2

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.

ELECTRONICS

According to one source, “If every US computer and monitor were turned off at night the nation could shut down 8 large power stations and avoid emitting 7 million tons of CO2 every year.” You may be surprised to learn that even when electronics are in hibernation mode they continue using electricity, so turn devices completely off at night or use a smart power strip that can turn everything off at once.

Opt for buying office electronics that provide multiple functions because that means fewer devices to plug in.  Avoid having to replace these costly machines as often by researching their lifespans and purchasing longer warranties so you can maintain and repair them for free in the future.

Printer ink and toners are also items that create a lot of waste and expense, but through options like toner remanufacturing you can significantly cut costs on ink. Have you heard about solid ink printers?  These machines use solid, crayon-like inks without cartridges and are a technological breakthrough that will save you money and cut down on waste. Solid Ink generates up to 90% less printing waste because there are no cartridges to dispose of and less packaging to add to landfills. An added bonus of this process is prints that are glossy, slightly raised to the touch, and wont run when wet like inkjet printouts.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

 

Tripp Lite 12-Outlet Surge Suppressor

SKU: TRPTLP1210SATG

Want to save $40 per year on your energy bill? The TLP1210SATG offers reliable, green surge technology that protects your A/V installations, the environment and your wallet. The TLP1210SATG offers a unique Netbook switch that allows users to select wattage, making it compatible with all PCs, Notebooks and Netbooks. Energy-saving outlet configuration reduces energy waste (phantom loads) by cutting AC power to unused peripherals. The TLP1210SATG offers 3600 joules of advanced surge protection. Perfect for small-to-medium home/business theater installations: high-definition TVs, satellite and A/V receivers, DVD/CD players and more. 12 outlets (with transformer spacing and sliding safety covers), 2-line coaxial protection and 1-line tel/modem/Ethernet (100BaseT, high-speed) protection safeguard an entire home/business theater system. Includes two diagnostic LEDs and four status LED indicators, 10-ft. cord with a right-angle plug, 6-ft. coaxial cable and 6-ft. network cable.

 

Katun 37975 (108R00660) Xerox Compatible WorkCentre C2424 Solid Ink Sticks

SKU: KAT37975

Katun brand solid inks provide OEM-equivalent yields, outstanding print quality and color reproduction comparable to the OEM products. You will be impressed by the performance, reliability and true value of our new solid inks.

Our next feature in this series will offer tips on how to go green with office paper by using less, recycling more, and shopping smart! 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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