GreenBuying TV Show - meet Mickey the SpaceBuddy Bin
Interview with Mickey the SpaceBuddy which you must watch:
Posted 4 December 2013 | | 0 Comments
We're thrilled to announce that one of our principle UK based bin manufacturer partners has won an international award for its 100% recycled plastics bin, the 70L uBin which you can buy on our website!
Green Warehouse beat 150 European rivals that entered the annual recycled products award held by the European Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisation (EPRO).
The uBin was voted the “best recycled plastic product of the year” by the majority of 200 delegates that attended IdentiPlast, Plastics Europe’s recycling and recovery conference, held in Paris.
The uBin is made entirely with post-consumer plastic polypropylene and can be completely recycled. It was launched in the UK in 2012 and GreenBuying.co.uk started selling it soon afterwards as we love it too!
Said the bin's designer, “Most of the bins that claim to have recycled content are made with post-processed waste, materials that have never left the factory. But uBin is made with 100% post-consumer plastics – pots, tubs and trays.”
So what are you waiting for? Click here to buy one today!
by Matt Roper | 4 December 2013
Posted 11 November 2013 | | 0 Comments
GreenBuying.co.uk brings you 4 top tips to help you reduce your waste management costs.
1. Increase your recycling
It may be an obvious thing to say but separating more materials for recycling is the quickest and easiest way to reduce your waste management costs. Sending waste for recycling doesn’t incur landfill tax whereas sending waste to landfill incurs a specific tax that currently stands at £72 per tonne and is rising annually.
Can you start recycling? Can your staff recycle more of the same? Can you introduce recycling of different materials? Have you considered a zero waste to landfill solution?
2. Carry out a waste audit
When was the last time you looked at your waste management system? Organisations often overlook the process of waste management, seeing it as a non-critical activity.
Are you handling your waste efficiently? Are you using your waste containers to their maximum capacity? Are they always full when your supplier comes to empty them? Have the wastes you generate or where you generate them changed? A waste audit might not only identify waste handling efficiencies but help you ensure you are complying with complex waste management legislation.
3. Ask for a rebate
The increasing scarcity of raw materials has created a significant worldwide market for recyclables. If you generate large quantities of high value materials and separate these for recycling, they can be traded as a commodity. If you are not making money from your high quality recyclables, somebody else is likely to be so ask for a rebate!
4. Use raw materials more effectively
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) estimates that UK organisations can save up to £23billion through improvements in the efficient use of resources. Using raw materials more effectively and generating less waste in the first place doesn’t necessarily require huge investment but can result in significant cost savings.
How can GreenBuying.co.uk help?
In two ways. First, we sell a broad range of recycling bins which can help your staff to separate out different waste streams.
Secondly, Buying Support Agency (BSA), parent company of GreenBuying.co.uk and a procurement consultancy, can offer your organisation a more cost effective waste management solution. BSA has handpicked a highly respected and capable recycling and waste management broker with national coverage to help find the right solution for you.
For more details visit BSA website or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and mention that you seek further information about waste recycling and we will arrange for someone from BSA to call you to discuss how we can deliver better value for money.
by M Roper | 11 November 2013
Posted 2 October 2013 | | 0 Comments
It was great seeing so many childcare professionals last week at Childcare Expo 2013. It was great fun and allowed us to showcase the best of British manufacturers of eco friendly school and business supplies. We've had a lot of demand for our green products from nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and primary schools, and sourcing supplies from our website can help you to acquire and maintain Green Flag status.
Remember that all schools and nurseries in both state and independent sectors can enjoy a 5% discount off all items for sale on our site. And for the month of October only, we offer free logo engraving on our award-winning Broadleaf One eco computer.
by M Roper | 2 October 2013
Posted 23 August 2013 | | 0 Comments
If you're a nursery or primary school manager and you're attending this year's Childcare Expo at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on September 27th & 28th, please come and see us at stand A12. We'll be showcasing some of the Eco supplies, plus we'll give you the special 5% discount code to use whenever you buy products from GreenBuying.co.uk! And take part in our prize draw to win a box of Delphis Eco cleaning products. We look forward to seeing you there!
by M Roper | 23 August 2013
Posted 5 April 2013 | | 0 Comments
We think this short video clip should be seen by everyone, it is truly inspiring:
by Matt Roper | 5 April 2013
Posted 4 March 2013 | | 0 Comments
Are you a school looking to achieve Eco Flag status? Why not use our online webshop at GreenBuying.co.uk to purchase your eco friendly supplies, which will help support your drive to help the environment. Our most popular products with schools are recycled stationery supplies, non toxic cleaning supplies, recycling bins and children's outdoor playground equipment (made of 100% recycled plastic).
by M Roper | 4 March 2013
Posted 18 February 2013 | | 0 Comments
We are really thrilled at GreenBuying.co.uk to be offering a brand new range of recycling bins made out of 100% post consumer plastic waste - and what is more, the carbon footprint is lower as all of the waste materials come from the good old United Kingdom!
Called the Ubin, they are 70 litres in capacity and come as standard with an specially designed insert and WRAP colour coded sticker which displays the appropriate waste stream being collected. Waste streams covered include general waste, mixed glass, plastic bottles, mixed recycling, cans and paper and card. As a special introductory offer, we have priced them at just £59.99 (£44 if general waste bin which has no insert). So hurry whilst we keep these prices artificially low! Click here to see the range on our website.
by M Roper | 18 February 2013
Posted 7 January 2013 | | 0 Comments
Happy New Year from our team at GreenBuying.co.uk!
We've all suffered from terrible weather conditions over the last 12 months, with UK having officially the second wettest weather since records began. We all know that something very strange and troubling is happening with our climate with lots of extreme weather and that our purchasing behaviour around the globe is a major contributory factor.
Now we don't pretend that buying more recycled business supplies will make a huge impact, but to borrow a phrase from a well known supermarket, "every little helps"...so make this the year that you start taking steps to reduce your environmental impact - and what better than to re-direct your stationery and office supplies spend to GreenBuying.co.uk!!
Remember that unlike the vast majority of stationery and office supplies suppliers, we ONLY sell eco friendly products. We also care about customer service and work hard to ensure that your items arrive quickly and in the right quality. Plus we are determined to maintain very low prices.
So why not give us a try?!
by Matt Roper | 7 January 2013
Posted 11 December 2012 | | 0 Comments
I love Christmas - with young kids it makes it even more special. But if only children's toys weren't so over packaged. Plus wouldn't it be great if the vast majority of toys weren't made of non recyclable mixed plastics and shipped half way round the world!! I am also increasingly uncomfortable with the concept of sending out christmas cards in the post. All that paper and card, all that fuel in moving the cards around.
Now I don't pretend that I've never sent a Christmas card, and my kids will tell me I'm a fibber if I say I've never purchased a plastic toy from overseas (to boycott such things would deem me to be an unfit Dad!). But that said, I'm constantly on the look out for ways to minimise my carbon footprint at Christmas time. Here are some thoughts...
E-cards; recycled presents from charity shops; old scrap paper for wrapping presents with; recycled cardboard boxes from supermarkets to contain larger presents; selecting gifts which use least amount of packaging; making presents yourself or buy presents that have been made by local people which will in turn help local shops...
Please leave comments about your own ideas for reducing the carbon footprint this Christmas..
And finally, as a special gift of our own to everyone this festive season, simply add "TWT1212" into the discount field of our online shop to enjoy a 5% discount off items (this discount lasts until Father Christmas has done his rounds on Christmas Eve!)
Happy Christmas to all our customers, thanks for supporting GreenBuying.co.uk in 2012 and we look forward to helping you go green in 2013!
by Matt Roper | 11 December 2012
Posted 5 January 2012 | | 0 Comments
GreenBuying.co.uk, which sells thousands of eco friendly office supplies online, offers the following ten tips for a greener office.
“These are simple yet effective steps that every office should take to reduce its environmental impact. These tips carry additional benefits and will appeal to a financial or business director.”
Use less paper
Following the growth in the internet and email, the use of paper within offices has grown significantly. The ‘paper-less office’ that was predicted has not materialised as people print off every email, map and countless documents. Most documents have a life expectancy of less than one day and are then thrown away. By reducing the amount of paper used in your office you can cut both the environmental impact and financial costs of running your business. As a standard your office should switch to double-sided or ‘duplex’ printing. Those with good-reasonable eye-sight may also want to print two pages to a side as well. Other methods of reducing paper use include altering document design templates and putting a message in your email signature saying ‘do you really need to print this email?’
Switch to recycled paper
Using recycled paper uses up to 70% less energy than virgin paper and demands the use of fewer natural resources. The use of paper with recycled content typically uses less energy therefore helping to cut your offices carbon impact. A few years ago recycled paper was often sneered at as it was generally regarded as being of poorer quality than paper from virgin sources. Not any more. Independent surveys have proven that recycled paper is comparable to virgin sources in quality and performance. By switching to recycled paper in your office your organisation can make a significant improvement to safeguarding the environment.
Provide recycling facilities
According to a survey conducted by WRAP, 93% of companies who set up recycling facilities at work believe it's easy to implement and maintain. Evidence suggests it is simple to provide recycling points for common office waste sources such as paper, plastic bottles, drink cans and ink cartridges. Organisations can also look to recycle other types of waste such as light bulbs and tubes, IT equipment and furniture. With the UK landfill tax at £24 per tonne and set to rise for the foreseeable future, it not only makes sense for environmental reasons but it can also make good financial sense.
Reduce the number of waste bins in your office
Once you have provided recycling facilities, reducing the number of general waste bins is a great way to ensure people don’t throw away recyclable items. Taking away individual waste bins and locating them further away than recycling facilities is a great way of encouraging recycling. At first staff may complain that they have to walk further. However from my experience these objections will soon pass, as after a few weeks habits change.
Fit water saving devices
The Building Research Establishment has set a best-practise benchmark target for employee water consumption of 4m³ per year. To calculate your employee water consumption simply calculate your annual water use per employee:
Annual Water consumption / Number of Employees = Water Consumption per annum
If your water consumption is over 10m³ per employee you should consider having a water audit of your office. Alternatively switching to water saving devices in your office can help reduce consumption. With the increase use of water meters by water companies it also makes financial sense to fit water-saving devices.
Promote Sustainable Transport at work
UK Government figures show that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are a result of road transport. To help reduce your offices contribution to climate change it is important to look at how your employees come to work and take measures to help promote more sustainable transport patterns. By setting up a Green Transport plan to support and promote public transport, walking, cycling and car sharing your office can cut its contribution to climate change. Such measures can also encourage employees to become more active which carries a number of benefits to both them and your organisation.
Turn off the lights …and all non essential electrical equipment
Saving energy is one of the most effective ways to helping to reduce your businesses contribution to climate change. According to the Carbon Trust businesses are currently responsible for about half of all the UK’s carbon emissions. By turning off equipment that isn’t being used, such as air conditioning in the winter, your office could reduce its energy use. This can also translate into financial benefits - business profits can be increased by 5% by adopting energy saving initiatives.
Consider replacing inefficient office equipment
By purchasing new office equipment it is possible to make quick savings, both financially and for the environment with smart product selection. For example, photocopiers on the market can save energy with "low-power" and/or "off" modes after a period of inactivity. They can also print double-sided saving paper. Such smart purchases can result in significant savings in a short space of time.
Switch to renewable energy
The majority of the UK's electricity comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal and gas. This is a major contributor to climate change. Switching to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power to run your office helps cut your carbon emissions but also helps support the uptake of green energy which is vital in the move towards a low-carbon economy.
Run a communication programme
It is important that all members of staff are aware of the reasons for promoting environmental initiatives in the office. By running a positive campaign that is both engaging and fun it is possible to create a culture in your office that will provided added value.
by GreenBuying.co.uk | 5 January 2012