Green Office Products – Do you have something credible to back it up

Posted on Nov 22 2010 - 1:01pm by Peter Millikin

There are many green office supplies companies in the UK claiming to be the best, so what company do you choose for your office supplies?

If you have been searching for a dedicated green office supplies company then more than likely you have started online. Some office suppliers claim to specialise in eco product or products made from recycled materials. Others claim to have accreditation longer than your arm!

I start to shiver when I hear the word “green office supplies” as many suppliers have added words like this to their sales vocabulary tool kit without anything credible to back it up.

Some buyers wanting to go green don’t truly understand how much you can achieve working with the right suppliers. Being green isn’t just about what materials products are made from. Buyers don’t always know the ins and outs of what makes something sustainable or environmentally friendly, unless of course they have been on an environmental management training course.

Perhaps in our modern world clever marketing is making buyers think they are doing the right thing. To me, being kinder to the environment goes deeper than buying from a fancy looking website with pictures of wind turbines and recycling signs. You will have to do a little more research than that!

If you use an office supplies company that claims to sell only 100% recycled or eco friendly products together with a back up supplier for the items that aren’t available from them, you could be doubling your deliveries which would be more harmful to the environment than buying from a supplier who can offer both.

How far is the dedicated green supplier travelling to your office to deliver your goods? Are they delivered by a carrier, electric, LPG, diesel or petrol van?

These are the type of questions you need to ask your environmentally friendly supplier!

Can you use just ONE office supplies company?

Some office supplies companies are now able to offer more than just pens, paper and envelopes. Some can offer print management, office furniture, workwear, as well as file and data storage. By consolidating your supplies you would naturally reduce your administration costs and pricing structures, and would probably have a much lower carbon footprint.

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Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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  1. Ellie Cave December 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm -

    Office Depot has recently scooped top awards for their environmentally friendly policies.

    Christmas has come early for leading global provider of office supplies and solutions, Office Depot as it scoops top accolades at three different award ceremonies.

    Office Depot has been awarded a gold apple for ‘Environmental Best Practice” at the Green Apple Awards. This was for the innovative Cargo Cycle scheme which the company integrated into its transport fleet at the end of 2009. The cycles, deployed in postcode areas EC1, 2, 3 and 4 in London, enabled Office Depot to reduce its carbon emissions by around 80% within the Square Mile.

    The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance and protect the environment.

    The Cargo Cycle scheme has also led to Office Depot being recognised at the BOSS Industry Awards which recognise and reward those in the office supplies industry who demonstrate real excellence. Office Depot picked up the Environment award, along with the Technology award for its design and implementation of the business intelligence tool, Compass.

    Most recently at the National Sales Awards – the nation’s foremost awards programme for the sales industry – the company managed to beat off fierce competition, winning two top awards. Clive Tallon walked away with Field Sales Executive of the Year, whilst Shaun Duke scooped ‘Technology Implementation Project of the Year’ again for the use of Compass. The judging panel were also impressed with the company’s North East Field Sales Team and presented them with a highly commended achievement prize.

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