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Home Office Supplies

The home office gives us an opportunity to choose nontoxic office supplies as well as use recycled office products. Most paper products today are available with at least some recycled content, or order on-line for high post-consumer content papers. Did you know that there are thousands of recycled office products available? When you start looking through the selection these links provide, you will find many, many, many more recycled products than are sold at your local office supply warehouse. Take some time to browse these, find the products you regularly use, and make a plan for ordering them in time--before you run out and have to run to the office supply store.


Resources

Green Seal Choose Green Report - Alternative Fiber Papers
Advice on choosing environmentally-friendly alternaitve-fiber papers from "an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment...evaluations are based on state-of-the-art science and information using internationally recognized methods and procedures...[their] only purpose is to direct the purchaser to environmentally responsible products and services." Their work includes development of environmental standards for products in specific categories and certification of products that meet these standards. This report gives specific brand recommendations for products that meet their criteria for alternative-fiber papers.
Green Seal Choose Green Report - Copy Paper
Advice on choosing environmentally-friendly copy paper from "an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment...evaluations are based on state-of-the-art science and information using internationally recognized methods and procedures...[their] only purpose is to direct the purchaser to environmentally responsible products and services." Their work includes development of environmental standards for products in specific categories and certification of products that meet these standards. This report gives specific brand recommendations for products that meet their criteria for copy peper.
Green Seal Choose Green Report - Office Supplies
Advice on choosing environmentally-friendly office supplies from "an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment...evaluations are based on state-of-the-art science and information using internationally recognized methods and procedures...[their] only purpose is to direct the purchaser to environmentally responsible products and services." Their work includes development of environmental standards for products in specific categories and certification of products that meet these standards. This report gives specific brand recommendations for products that meet their criteria for office supplies.

General


Dolphin Blue
"We deliver the highest quality, environmentally responsible office and business products attainable." Carries all recycled paper office products and tree-free papers, printed and unprinted stationary, and filing cabinets made with post-consumer recycled steel.

Green Earth Office Supply
Carries almost everything other office supply stores carry, except it's recycled or otherwise friendly to the earth. Here you'll find the 100% post-consumer recycled papers and tree-free papers as well as many more useful office items. They are adding new products all the time, so take a look.

Greenline Paper Company
Specialized in recycled paper products for business, home, and school.

The Real Earth
"Our full-line office products catalog contains over 3,300 recycled products and the list is growing, bringing more options for environmentally benign, high quality products at better prices." To find their recycled products, type "recycled" into the search engine. If you know what product you are looking for, type the product after "recycled" to get a shorter list. Not all products are recycled, but the ones that are are well marked.

Recycled Office Products
"We are a full line office products company that specializes in over 5,800 Recycled and Remanufactured products, ready for prompt delivery...We also offer printing services, custom binders and indexes all with Recycled stocks and Soy-based Inks...We only carry the finest products available from quality manufacturers around the country, and Canada. These products have the highest recycled contents and chlorine free qualities that we can find today." To find their recycled products, type "recycled" into the search engine. If you know what product you are looking for, type the product after "recycled" to get a shorter list. Not all products are recycled, but the ones that are are well marked.

Treecycle
Specializes in high post-consumer recycled paper products, including office paper, stationery, binders, notebook, writing pads, folder, tissue products, printing papers, bags and packaging, food service items, and envelopes and mailers.


Staples
A general office supply store that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for. Staples has a commitment to the environment that goes beyond other warehouse office supply stores. They consistently have products with recycled content and have recycling, energy conservation and renewable energy programs throughout their chain. " We now offer for sale more than 2,100 products with post-consumer recycled content, from 100%-recycled copy paper and recycled Post-it® Notes to remanufactured ink cartridges. We will continue to expand our selection of 30%+ recycled content products across all office supply categories." More about their environmental commitment.

DiscountOfficeSupplies.com
A general office supply business that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for.

Kramer's Office
A general office supply business that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for.

Office Depot
A general office supply business that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for. At my local store, if you bring in a printer cartridge for recycling, they will give you a free ream of recycled paper in exchange. Check your local store for this offer.

Office Max
A general office supply business that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for.

Office World
A general office supply business that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for.

Quill
A general office supply business that carries hundreds of recycled office products. Type "recycled" into their on-site search box, and you will get pages of recycled products. If you want to search more specifically, type "recycled paper" or "recycled clipboard" or "recycled file folders" and you will get exactly what you are looking for.

Recycled Products Cooperative
A national non-profit cooperative that sells over 3000 recycled and remanufactured office products--including recycled paper, desk supplies, filing supplies, calendars, and more. All they sell is green office products, so it's easy to find the products you want. By becoming a member (free) you'll save money as well as the environment.

Binders


Four Point Products
Recycled pressboard and recycled vinyl three-ring binders. Wide selection of colors. This company sells primarily to the educational market and can refer you to a store near you that carries their products for single purchases. Or, you can order printed or unprinted binders in quantity. Will accept quantities of old and used vinyl binders for recycling.

Sustainable Group
Innovative and clever binders, portfolios, and pocket dividers made from recycled paper. I have samples of these products and they are much high quality and more substantial that other similar recycled products. Contains some post-consumer and hemp fibers. Binder is fully recyclable and reusable--when the corrugated cardboard cover is worn, a new cover can be attached to the metal rings (comes in 1", 2" and 3" sizes). These products are sold only by the case, so share them with friends if a case is more than you need. Can also be custom printed for presentations.

Checks



Check Gallery
"The Environmental Check Company." Personal checks printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink. "We use 24 lb. MICR bond paper with 20% post-consumer fiber, the highest possible using today's technology." Large selection of nature-inspired designs as well as the standards. NOTE: This link goes to an umbrella affiliate page. Enter "recycled" into the search box to access these recycled checks.


Classic Checks
Printed on recycled paper with nontoxic inks. Most designs have wildlife theme and many benefit environmental organizations. NOTE: This link goes to an umbrella affiliate page. Enter "recycled" into the search box to access these recycled checks.


Message Products
"A wide range of colorful checks are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks. Royalties from every order go directly to the organization you choose." You can choose from a good selection of animal, environmental, and social organizations, or designs that do not benefit any organization. NOTE: This link goes to an umbrella affiliate page. Enter "recycled" into the search box to access these recycled checks.

PayItGreen
Information on how and why paying bills online, getting statements electronically, and setting up Direct Deposit can help the environment and reduce global warming. By switching to electronic bills, statements, and payments the average American household would, every year: save 6.6 pounds of paper, save 0.08 trees, not produce 171 pounds of greenhouse gases (equivalent to not driving 169 miles or preserving 24 square geet of forest from deforestation), not release 63 gallons of wastewater into the environment, and save 4.5 gallons of gasoline. If you have a computer anyway for other purposes, the environmental cost of paying bills electronically is only a minute amount of energy (and if you haven't done so already, you can make that energy renewable by purchasing renewable energy certificates).

Computers


Carrot Ink
Remanufactured cartridges, do-it-yourself refill kits, mail-away professional remanufacturing, and compatible and name brand printer cartridges. Plus..." Carrot Ink is committed to helping out the environment. Aside from the corn starch pellets we use to pack your order (which are biodegradable and thus do not sit in landfills), we actively collect empty inkjet and laser toner cartridges for recycling. So send us your empty cartridges - We'll even pay the postage." Due to design constraints, not all cartridges can be collected for recycling at this time, but they do accept quite a few brands.

Internet


Affordable Internet Services Online
"Web Hosting As Nature Intended". Their office and data center is powered by 120 real solar panels, not green energy certificates, solar tubes bring in natural light into the office during the day, and their AMD Opteron powered servers use sixty percent less energy and generate fifty percent less heat. Very affordable prices, too.

Paper Products


Conservatree
Because more than 90% of printing and office papers have no recycled content, Conservatree has dedicated themselves to finding and cataloging all the recycled paper products in existence. Their site has extensive lists of products made from recycled or tree-free papers, including writing papers, tissue products, newsprint, gift wrap, wedding invitations, calendars, all-occasion cards, stationery and notecards, school and office supplies, and packaging products. Recycled contents range up to 100% postconsumer fibers. In addition, there is much background information, too, on papermaking, paper recycling, and how to choose paper. This is the site to learn all about the best environmental options for paper.

Greener Printer
Full service printer using recycled paper and soy-based inks. Prints everything from business cards to booklets, posters, and folding cartons. Eco-audit statistics are calculated for each job based on the volume of your project and the recycled content of the paper you've chosen, so you can see exactly how much greenhouse gasses, water, energy, trees, and solid waste you've saved by using recycled paper.


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Really Green

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Legend
Gold Star = gold star
I've given the gold star to a handful of maverick office supply companies that are going the extra mile to find and offer the office products with the greatest envrionmental benefit.

Earthwise = earthwise
Office supplies are rated earthwise if they are safe to use and utilize organically-grown, recycled, or reclaimed materials. Office machines that are energy-efficient are rated earthwise. Also utilization of renewable energy.

Natural = natural

nontoxic = nontoxic
Office supplies are rated natural if they are safe to use and made from renewable natural materials.

fair trade = fair trade
Office supplies made from petrochemical ingredients are rated nontoxic if they are safe to use.

caters to MCS = caters to MCS

associates = associate


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Nontoxic Ink-Jet Printer Cartridges

Green Team

Memory foam in ergonomic office chairs

low EMF & nontoxic computers

office chair

Laptop worries

duplicate checks

Office Furniture and Equipment

Inkjet printer ink cleanup

Universal Inkjet Refill System

eco friendly laptops?

Workplace Fragrance-Free Policies



Read about toxic exposures from home office and art supplies and how to choose safer products, beginning on page 334



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