What supplies should be greener in the office?

At home, have you adopted new procedures to have a lower environmental impact? But what about your practices in the office? According to Ademe, we spend about 200 days a year at our workplace. For some people, their professional activity generates a great deal of waste. Still, according to Ademe, 120 to 140 kg of waste is produced annually by an employee in the tertiary sector. Three quarters of this waste…paper. Hence the importance of being aware of the source of your paper but also of taking care of the rest of your office supplies, which has a huge impact on the environment. But how do you make the right choices? Follow the guide.

Recycled paper and resources

EcoFolio, the environmental paper organization and Ademe explain it in a guide Recycled paper is better than any other paper.. Concretely, paper is a material that can be recycled “Easily”Underline the two organizations. “Up to 5 times per record”. After this cycle of 5 recycles, “Using virgin fiber is essential”. This is why Ademe and EcoFolio are so valued, Although there is no official definition.that’s a paper It cannot be considered recycled if it does not contain at least 50% recycled fibres..

The virgin fiber should then come from “certified forests”. It’s a guarantee Conservation of wood resources and prevention of deforestation.

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Once you know all this, how can you ensure your purchases of sustainable paper? Once again, Ademe and EcoFolio thought of everything. The two organizations explain the different labels and environmental labels used to identify the best products for the environment:

  • abor Created by the Association of Recycled Paper Producers and Users, this private label enables “To identify or promote the presence of at least 50% recycled paper”.
  • FSC® is the label that “Ensures that wood comes from forests managed according to environmental and social standards” Such as good forest management, minimizing environmental impact (this may relate to water, soil, biodiversity, etc.), conserving protected forests, as well as respecting the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • PEFC : Like writing Ademe and EcoFolio, “Products associated with PEFC or PEFC labeling provide assurance that raw materials come from sustainably managed forests.”. Here, too, social and environmental criteria apply to this classification, which is the most famous in the world, such as maintaining the health and vitality of forest ecosystems.
  • blue angel : If you shop or buy in Germany, this eco-label can meet your needs. The latter especially requires “Using 100% recycled fibres” And “Maximum 25% virgin fibres are allowed to be certified”.

To complete the origin of the paper, Ademe also recommends Pay attention to your printing and stationery practicesSome of them may have a negative impact on the environment. This is especially true for paper pulp bleaching. While some structures use chlorine gas and alternatives “more ecological” spread through “ECF” and “TCF” designations. Note however that these signs are the sole responsibility of stationery.

To learn more about paper-related labeling, feel free to consult the Ademe and EcoFolio guide.

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Say goodbye to disposable pens

Disposable pens are convenient, yes, but they’re not really a gift to the environment. In fact, these things are mainly made of plastic and cannot be recycled. Every year, one of the most popular brands on the market, on its own, produces “6.6 billion pencils, mechanical pencils, correctors and pens”Can we read in a surveyEnvironmental alternatives. The equivalent of From at least three Eiffel towers in potential waste. What alternatives should be preferred to reduce its environmental impact?

in the video , raw Offers some ideas:

  • Switch to refillable pens, such as ballpoint pens or mechanical pencils,
  • Choose pens made from recycled plastic

You can also choose the pencils (or wooden pencils) based on environmental labels, such as FSC®And “Without dyes or varnishes it can be a source of contamination”as advised geo. If you are a color lover, consider investing in colored pencils or markers Washable and non-toxic Instead of highlighters, are we still reading?

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Equipment that consumes less energy

As for working gear, Ademe again has valuable advice. Regarding a computer for example, it is better to invest in a laptop (refurbished or used for as long as possible). actually consumes 50-80% less energy from a stationary computer. Labels can also help you choose the right products. Ademe cites for example: blue angelAnd energy starAnd Total cost of ownership (TCO)And EPEAT And 80 more. In the event of a malfunction, you should also have a reaction to have your devices repaired. Extending the life of these digital devices remains essential to reduce their environmental impact.

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