*NEWS*10 TIPS FROM O.DEPOT FOR EARTH DAY
*NEWS*10 TIPS FROM O.DEPOT FOR EARTH DAY
2007-04-20 at 12:21:00 pm #17870
Office Depot Celebrates Earth Day with Ten Tips for A Greener Worklife and New Green Website
Customers Can Choose From a Wide Variety of Environmentally-Preferable Products and Solutions for Home and Office
BEACH, Fla.–In celebration of Earth Day, Office Depot , a leading
global provider of office products and services, today released the
Company’s Top Ten Tips for A Greener Worklife. With the “widest green
product” assortment in the office products industry, a new green
e-commerce site (www.officedepot.com/buygreen), an independently
verified environmental stewardship report, a paper purchasing policy,
investments towards greenhouse gas and solid waste reduction, and
integrated recycling programs, Office Depot is committed to sustaining
its own environmental performance and to encourage customers to be more
environmentally conscious as well.”Office Depot’s environmental program
is structured around a vision to increasingly ‘buy green, be green and
sell green,’” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor for
Office Depot. “It’s important for us that our customers are just as
environmentally conscious. That’s why we’ve made being green simpler by
highlighting tips and key products that can help them achieve both
their business aspirations and environmental goals.”
Office Depot recommends these Top 10 Tips to help small businesses improve their environmental performance:
Go for “greener options” in the products you buy. Customers today can
choose from a wide range of products that are cost-effective, high
quality, and often result in lower waste, fewer chemicals, lower energy
use, and less materials. Today’s greener options go way beyond recycled
paper! Customers can choose from biodegradable packing peanuts, Foray
low-odor and non-toxic dry-erase markers, recycled scissors, and more
at http://www.officedepot.com/buygreen and through the Office Depot Green Book
catalog of environmentally-preferable products.
2. Recycle your
empty ink and toner cartridges. Almost eight cartridges are thrown out
in the U.S. every second of every day. That’s almost 700,000 cartridges
per day. Instead, recycle your ink and toner cartridges at Office
Depot. Customers bringing in a used cartridge for recycling will
receive a free ream of recycled paper, a $3 coupon, or the opportunity
to donate $3 to a charity for each cartridge.
remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. Office Depot brand
remanufactured cartridges cost on average 15% less than the national
brand equivalent and come with a 100% no risk quality guarantee. Each
remanufactured cartridge keeps approximately 2.5lbs of metal and
plastic out of landfills and saves about a half gallon of oil.
Use digital storage solutions to cut down on paper. New technology is
allowing businesspeople to store more information using less space,
less paper and creating less waste. Data storage devices such as CDs,
flash drives, and zip drives are great alternatives to paper. The Ativa
8G Flash Drive is equivalent to approximately 320,000 pages or 640
reams of paper.
5. Recycle, recycle, recycle. When using paper
in the office, print on both sides of the sheet and recycle the paper
when you are finished. Today, only half of the paper used in North
America is recycled. By recycling one ton of paper, you save 17 trees,
almost 7,000 gallons of water, and more than 3 cubic yards of landfill
6. Purchase Energy Star qualified products. Energy Star
computers, printers, monitors and other business machines can help
conserve up to 75% of your electricity compared to standard equipment.
By switching to “sleep mode” while not in use, these products can save
both energy and money!
7. Use compact fluorescent bulbs.
Switching from incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient compact
fluorescents can deliver up to 75% more energy savings and last more
than 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. Even better – these
bulbs fit standard fixtures and deliver great natural light.
Unplug technology off when it’s not in use. Up to 75% of the
electricity used to power office equipment is consumed while the
product is turned off but still plugged in. Avoid wasting power and
save money by plugging your office machines into an Ativa Power Strip
that can be conveniently switched off at the end of the day.
Buy Renewable Energy Credits to “offset” your energy use. By purchasing
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), businesses can now effectively offset
some or all of the carbon dioxide their company emits. For example, in
2006, Office Depot bought 76,000 megawatts of renewable energy (solar
and wind power), which is equivalent to 12% of the company’s annual
electricity use that same year.
10. Give reusable mugs instead
of disposable promotional items to customers. If just one customer buys
three cups of coffee a day, five days a week, for one year, that’s
equal to over 600 coffee cups that end up in the landfills. Help to
avoid that waste by giving away mugs that are reusable and take
advantage of the opportunity to display your company name or logo.