Office Depot used the occasion of Earth Day last month to remind businesses that going “green” is good for the planet and their bottom lines.
The office-supply chain is urging businesses of all sizes to go green in the office, as purchasing environmentally preferable products, utilizing green solutions, practicing greener habits and thinking “green” overall can reduce an organization's environmental footprint while saving it money and resources.
“We find that over a basket of goods, purchasing the environmentally preferable and greener option will often save you money — while reducing your environmental impact,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Office Depot's environmental strategy director. “Beyond that, practicing greener habits like unplugging your technology at night, recycling your old technology and printing on both sides of the page will further save your business money.”
A more comprehensive list of “Smart Steps to Green the Office” is available at www.officedepot.com/greenyouroffice.
In recognition of Earth Day, Office Depot also offered the following green solutions:
Office Depot's Energy Star-qualified, 14-watt compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), which were offered in a $3.99 three-pack chain-wide during Earth Week;
- environmentally sustainable paper, available in an assortment of 60 resume sheets, stationery and envelope styles through a partnership with New Leaf Paper;
- a new Office Depot seminar series, “Smart Steps to a Greener Office,” that will be held in various cities across the United States to help small to large businesses develop more efficient, less wasteful and healthier offices;
- $50 instant savings for customers recycling any printer and purchasing a new Hewlett-Packard, Brother, Epson or Lexmark printer for $150 or more during the week of Earth Day; and
- Office Depot's use of smaller-sized delivery boxes, which significantly cut down on waste.
Siddiqui suggested businesses begin “greening” their offices and operations by starting out small. “Start by making small changes to your everyday purchases and practices,” he said. “For example, buy green by seeking products with just a small amount of recycled content, or be green by turning off your light each time you leave your office or cube. By starting small, you can start to go green without feeling overwhelmed. And once your few small steps become habits, you can then think about additional steps.”
The chain provides a list of its environmentally friendly products at www.officedepot.com/buygreen.