Mission: Sustainability

As every facility manager knows, offices go through a lot of paper, from paper towels and facial tissue to bathroom tissue and napkins. This presents the perfect opportunity to buy products that support their companies’ overall sustainability missions while saving money.
Here are factors to consider when stocking up on sustainable paper for the bathroom and the breakroom:

Pre-and post-consumer content.
Many products are made with pre-consumer recycled content, utilizing wood scraps and other wood waste from manufacturing plants. Look instead for labels that indicate the levels of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content which is salvaged and recycled from used and discarded products like magazines and office paper.

Production without pollution.
In the case of recycled paper products, processed chlorine free (PCF) products contain recycled content produced without elemental chlorine or chlorine derivatives. These processes cut down on chemicals and pollution formed as a by-product of paper production.

Dispensing system.
Making your facilities eco-friendly is more than changing what you use, it can also mean changing how you use it. Save money and wasted product by installing dispensing systems that dispense a set amount of paper product.

Additional benefits.
In addition to saving resources and cutting down waste and pollution, the right paper products and dispensing systems can minimize germs and contamination and deliver significant cost-in-use savings

Did you know?
Not all green and recycled paper products are created equally, and just because a product is “recycled” doesn’t mean it’s the most sustainable option. Look for products with significant amounts of PCR content.

Schedule a site visit.
Staples Advantage Facility Specialists can provide you with the information, advice and products you need to put your eco-conscious paper program into action.

Call your Account Manager today for more information or shop our Eco-Friendly products selection on Eway.ca.

 

Making Sustainability Happen

At Staples Advantage, we strive to minimize our environmental impact on the planet and the communities we serve. So we are proud to share that since April 2013, our partnership with Bullfrog power has allowed us to greatly reduce our environmental footprint.

The Staples Advantage Canada head office is proud to be Bullfrog Powered with sustainable and clean electricity. Since partnering with the clean energy provider in 2013, Staples Canada has purchased 21,930 MWh of green electricity for Staples and Staples Advantage Canada head offices, 10 Staples stores and 4 Print & Copy production centres, displacing more than 4,870 tonnes of carbon emissions!

Below is an infographic on our cumulative green energy purchase over the course of our partnership with Bullfrog to date along with the emissions reductions associated with this and some equivalencies to help illustrate what they mean.

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To find out more about our sustainable and green initiatives, visit staplesadvantage.ca.

Camping With Staples Advantage

Here at Staples Advantage we take great pride in our sustainability initiatives and recycling programs – so we were thrilled when one of our empty paper boxes had been reused and upcycled into a camping oven to make cookies and pizza at a Girl Guides camp in Ontario!  Stephanie DeFazio, Non-Stock Procurement Manager at Staples Advantage (as seen below) shows us how it’s done!

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  • Line the box, including lid with aluminum foil (shiny side out)
  • Place a pie plate with hot charcoal briquettes in the middle of the box, and place 4 empty pop cans in each corner of the box (one per corner)
  • Place a wire cooking rack to sit on top of the cans
  • Place a baking sheet on top of the wire rack and close the lid

25 minutes later – everyone is enjoying freshly baked pizza and cookies!

Just a reminder to never leave cooking unattended and always ensure to provide adult supervision when kids are involved.

Go Green with Evergreen

Greener work places create greener learning spaces

How do your office product choices help create outdoor learning spaces? Filling your office with green supplies from our list of Eco Friendly products helps give kids more outdoor classrooms!

Staples Advantage is proud to partner with Evergreen for the fourth consecutive year. From April 22nd to July 30th, every $100 purchase of Eco Friendly products on eway.ca will help build outdoor classrooms with Evergreen. The money raised goes to Evergreen’s school greening program which helps schools create dynamic outdoor classrooms that provide students with a healthy place to play and learn.

Boy inspecting plants  Photos by Roseanne Berry (4)

(Photos by Roseanne Berry)

Evergreen is one of Canada’s leading funders of community and school greening projects. The Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds.

Explore our great selection of green products, from toner to cleaning supplies you’ll find everything you need for a more sustainable business.

Fifty Shades of Green

Is Your Company Sustainable Enough to Satisfy Your Customers And Employees?

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These days it seems so easy to be green. Many companies have made great strides over the years to recycle, reduce waste, and switch to energy efficient business practices, but in a recent survey by Staples Advantage Canada, we discovered that many people feel that more can and should be done.

The survey revealed that corporate social responsibility, recycling programs, and environmental impact rank high among qualities people look for when doing business with an organization. 93 per cent of people care about the impact their organization makes on the environment, and nearly 60 per cent believe their company should enforce greater sustainability practices.

In addition, over 95 per cent of survey participants said they would be willing to take part in an eco-friendly initiative at work if it required employee participation.

If your organization would like to do more, check out one of these 50 ways to be green at the office:

  1. Take part in National Clean Your Office Day on April 24th.
  2. Buy Green office products – Staples Advantage has over 2,000 to choose from!
  3. Use only environmentally friendly products for cleaning.
  4. Recycle or donate dated technology so it doesn’t end up in landfills.
  5. Develop programs that encourage associates to carpool.
  6. If you are in the business of delivery, look at eco fleet options to save on fuel and emissions.
  7. Provide employees with filtered water and reusable cups.
  8. Ban Styrofoam in the office.
  9. Shrink your packaging to the smallest size allowable when shipping.
  10. Lower energy consumption by installing sensor lighting.
  11. Trim C02 emissions by removing 1 out of every 3 fluorescent light tubes in the office.
  12. Give employees the option to work from home and trim real estate costs and C02 emissions.
  13. Provide an incentive program to employees to purchase hybrid automobiles.
  14. Set up clothing donation bins at the office to encourage associates to recycle.
  15. Start a green committee to manage sustainability initiatives in the office.
  16. Install PC energy management software to track the power-down of electronics.
  17. Use a ceramic mug for coffee or tea.
  18. Print double sided whenever possible.
  19. Install low flow faucets and toilets.
  20. Invest in solar panels for energy.
  21. Save energy by banning screensavers.
  22. Use recycled toner for printing. It’s cost effective without compromising on quality.
  23. Turn the heat down a degree in the winter and a degree up in the summer.
  24. Don’t allow your property maintenance company to use pesticides.
  25. Offer premium parking spots to associates who carpool.
  26. Consider moving everyone to laptops instead of desktops. They use less energy.
  27. Buy Energy Star fixtures.
  28. Develop partnership with environmental organizations.
  29. Ensure paints are no or low VOC when renovating.
  30. Implement a litterless lunch day at the office.
  31. Put a paper recycling bin at every printing station.
  32. Switch to LED or CFL light bulbs around office.
  33. Invest in office plants for cleaner indoor office air.
  34. Buy only chlorine free paper with a high recycled content.
  35. Provide air dryers in bathrooms and common areas.
  36. Offer bike parking and incentives.
  37. Buy your power from a green energy company.
  38. Lower the office temperature after hours and on weekends if no one will be in the office.
  39. Eliminate the use of PVC plastic.
  40. Hold waste reduction weeks at the office.
  41. Use Terracycle Zero Waste Bins to recycle k-cups in the office.
  42. Eliminate large garbage cans at work stations and provide smaller bins that only hold 2 cups of waste.
  43. Provide bins in all eating areas to segregate recyclables, organics and general waste.
  44. Green your rooftop.
  45. Buy multipurpose office machines.
  46. Set up an exchange of unwanted office supplies, furniture or equipment so they can be reused.
  47. Consolidate online orders to reduce the amount of packaging materials used and delivery trips made.
  48. Perform an energy audit to find areas for improvement.
  49. Put up signage by recycling containers to make it easy for employees to participate in your recycling program.
  50. Bring attention to your sustainability initiatives by holding events around national environmental celebrations like Earth Day.

More results from our survey:

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