Use recycled paper

Of course something has to be done with all that paper that’s being recycled and the best thing is to turn it into new paper products. So to encourage recycling buy recycled paper and other recycled products.

  • The National Recycling Forum’s Recycled Products Database contains details of hundreds of products made from recycled materials, not just paper.
  • Recycled Paper Supplies is a specialist mail order supplier of 100% recycled stationery including quality recycled paper, card, envelopes and sticky labels.
  • Paperback is a paper merchant specialising in recycled papers. Run as an employee-owned company.
  • The Forest Stewardship Council website contains a section enabling you to find suppliers of products certified or from certified suppliers. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on a wood or wood based product is your assurance that it is made with, or contains, wood that comes from FSC certified forests, which are well managed.

If you are getting things printed, whether it is some brochures or complete books you can specify recycled paper. Talk to whoever does your printing. There are many sorts of recycled paper available, in different weights and qualities, at all prices. Beacon Press, is a printers which uses an advanced eco-friendly ‘pureprint’ production process. Their website explains this ‘does away with the use of precious water resources and banishes ozone-damaging isopropyl alcohol (and the unacceptable pollutants it produces) from the printing process. It is also just one part of a formally approved company-wide environmental management system which covers everything from the way we print to the way we dispose of our grass cuttings!’ A Local Printer emphasises its use of Forest Stewardship Council certified or recycled papers and vegetable oil based inks.

It is not just writing paper, card and envelopes that can be made from recycled paper. So can document wallets, files, storage boxes and much more. Find out from your suppliers which products are made from recycled – and recyclable – materials. Many of the above suppliers, and many other stationery suppliers, may be able to supply recycled paper and card products but the Green Stationery Company specialises in products that are environmentally benign or have environmental advantages over the standard office products. They aim to maintain business practices consistent with the goals of sustaining our fragile environment for future generations, within a culture that respects life and honours its interdependence. Their site has a whole section on how to green your office, with a simple practical seven step plan and five reasons to use green office products if your colleagues or superiors need convincing.


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