What type of office supplies are you buying?

January 10th, 2011

Do you just buy toner because you need it or have you actually taken the time to look at more environmentally focused solutions?

It’s a safe bet that your company is using laser printers. You may even have a thoughtful blue paper recycling container near the copier or even near every printer. You may even use recycled paper. The next step is a logical one; use environmentally friendly soy based ink for your laser printers.

In our opinion, the two best environmental reasons to use soy based ink are as follows. One, soy ink does not emit VOCs or volatile organic compounds. Two, soy ink is not petroleum based.

If you still need more reasons to switch? Assuming that you are already recycling paper, you will be glad to learn that soy based ink is said to make recycling the paper quicker and easier. Also, this option opens you up to new sources of supply. The next time you run a reverse auction for toner, you will have more options, greater price compression and another notch in your environmentally friendly tool belt.

Now you need to brag about it so that others can take their lead from you including your suppliers and customers. If you have implemented the full array of green printing mentioned in this blog, you have earned the right. Your customers will be happy to hear that you have made the right choices.

If you would like to learn more about environmentally friendly practices for your business, please visit www.SafeSourcing.com and check out our blog archives and our sourcing wiki. You will find much more information there.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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