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Office supplies ‘key to reducing waste’

By Paperstone on February 5, 2008 in Office Supplies

Businesses should use more environmentally-friendly office supplies if they aim to cut down on waste, an expert has suggested.

In a guide aimed at changing views on green office products, Renee Thomas, director of field marketing at Esker, claims that the US uses eight million tons of office Paper – 3.2 billion reams – each year.

As a result, the environmental impact of constantly using office machines and office products could be huge.

Ms Thomas – who works for the business organisation company – stated that the average US office worker prints 10,000 total pages per year, which is more than a tree’s worth.

However, demand for recycled office supplies and printer supplies is expected to exceed 1.5 billion tonnes per year within the next ten years as environmental concerns grow around the world.

Writing for, Ms Thomas suggested that companies should be stricter with their use of office supplies.

"The best advice for reducing the use of Paper within an organisation is to avoid printing documents unless absolutely necessary.

"From a strategic point of view, those managing production environments should inspire several key changes in the way they run their departments."

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