Category review: Stationery & Office Supplies
The problem with paper
In 1980 before the introduction of computers, world office paper consumption averaged 70 million tonnes a year. By 1997 it had more than doubled to almost 150 million tonnes. The idea that computers would pave the way for a 'paperless office' has not materialized.
Much of the paper consumed in the UK comes from Scandinavia. Paper is grown in a similar way to food crops. Forests are intensively managed and this leads to the loss of suitable habitats for wildlife.
Many office products are sold as low-price disposal commodities such as ink cartridges. In the UK 250 million cartridges have been dumped in landfill sites in the last decade. Such products may have a low initial cost compared to others on the market however the hidden costs that such products have add up. The cost of disposal and pollution means that the true costs of such products are much higher.
Many offices buy items on initial price only. However by purchasing more durable and re-usable products purchasing costs can be reduced. By using goods that can either be re-used or come from re-cycled material your business can help reduce the demand for new resources.
Remember to think of the sustainable purchasing hierarchy: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Please visit out recycled stationery section to purchase environmentally friendly stationery supplies.
Article Date: 11 February 2008