Green matters


Staples unveils solar installation


Staples has unveiled a rooftop solar installation the size of three football pitches at its fulfilment centre in Maryland.


The 1.01 mW solar installation covers nearly 17,000 sqm of roof space, and was financed, built and maintained under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar energy services provider SunEdison.
Under the PPA, Staples will purchase the electricity produced for the term of the contract, initially 20 years.


Staples says that the environmental savings associated with the system will offset more than 20 million kg of CO2 over the two decades equivalent to removing CO2 produced by more than 4,200 cars driving 12,000 miles per year.


"The solar power system installed at our Hanover fulfilment centre is the latest example of Staples’ ongoing commitment to environmental leadership," said Mark Buckley, VP of Environmental Affairs for Staples.


"Through our relationship with SunEdison, we are able to purchase solar energy from our rooftop at a rate below or equal to the cost of electricity from the grid. This reduces our operating costs while freeing up more electricity during peak times for use by local homes and businesses."


Green buying still on the up


Green purchasing by companies is up in a down US economy with office products leading the way, according to a survey by Greener World Media.
More than 450 companies found that from October 2008 to October 2009 there was a 63 percent increase in green purchasing with office supplies leading all the product categories surveyed.


According to the survey, 78 percent of buyers surveyed said that they evaluate office products as part of their green procurement standards. Furthermore 53 percent of companies with revenues over $1 billion consider office supplies when sourcing greener products.


CEPI launches carbon footprint guidelines


CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, has launched a new set of guidelines for assessing the transport carbon footprint in the European pulp and paper industry.
The guidelines are designed to standardise the way pulp and paper companies measure the share of their products’ carbon footprint related to transport.


"We are creating these guidelines to help companies gain a better understanding of their environmental impact of both in and outbound transport," said Bernard Lombard, CEPI Trade and Competitiveness Director.
"The assessment will then help them devise ways to reduce the impact of transport."


The content has been assembled by CEPI’s Transportation Network and contributes to CEPI’s Framework for the Development of Carbon Footprints for Paper and Board Products, released in September 2007.


ISO standards for K2 Supplies


Used printer cartridge supplier K2 Supplies has achieved two ISO certifications.
The company has achieved both the ISO 9001 quality and the ISO 14001 environmental management systems standards.


"In working towards the ISO 9001:2008 award, we have analysed and challenged every aspect of K2 Supplies’ operations, involving our employees and a number of clients," said Paul Freshwater, Director of K2 Supplies.
"This has resulted in many improvements to both what we do and how we do it."


Freshwater added: "These two additional certificates are a welcome addition to our recently awarded Carbon Trust Standard and further demonstrate our commitment to both supplier and customer requirements."
K2 Supplies – a subsidiary of US company Environmental Reclamation Services – is a leading player in the sale, purchase and recovery of used printing consumables.


Electric vans for Lyreco


Lyreco UK has started using electric vans for deliveries in London.
The office supplier has introduced two electric vans on its London delivery routes following an extensive 12-month trial.


The vans – made by UK firm Modec – have the same payload as an equivalent Lyreco delivery vehicle, but produce zero emissions which, Lyreco says, will save over six tonnes of CO2 per year for the company.
The vans are also exempt from UK road tax and the London congestion charge.


Simon Stretch, Lyreco’s Logistics Director, said: "This a fantastic step forward for Lyreco in the UK and I am really excited to add electric vehicles to our next day delivery fleet of over 380 vehicles.
"I am confident the vehicles will meet our logistical needs and help to reduce our environmental impact, which the business is continuously working towards."


Lyreco has also reduced the format of its new 2010 catalogue launched last month in the UK and Ireland. The new catalogue is slightly smaller than the traditional A4 format and means that almost 70 tonnes of paper have been saved compared to previous editions.


Carole Keane, Lyreco UK’s Marketing Communication Manager, said: "We have produced our catalogue on 100 percent recycled paper for four years and were looking for a way to reduce the impact on the environment even further."


As well as reducing the paper impact, the new size also means that 20 percent less card was used in the production of the catalogue storage boxes, and the reduced weight and the increased number of catalogues that can be delivered in a vehicle has led to transportation savings too.


CarbonNeutral status for Integra paper


Leading UK dealer group Integra says that its own brand of office paper has achieved CarbonNeutral accreditation.
The dealer group worked with The CarbonNeutral Company to complete a comprehensive independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from the manufacturing, packaging, storage and distribution of its initiative multipurpose papers, PC2526 and PC2527.


To qualify for CarbonNeutral accreditation, Integra has signed up to a carbon offsetting programme and is contributing to two validated emission reduction projects in China.
To help its dealers generate awareness of the initiative papers’ new status, Integra has launched a campaign for customers to win shopping vouchers and is providing members with free promotional materials.


Sian Haskell, Integra’s marketing manager commented: "We felt it was important that we enabled our dealers to differentiate from competitors through offering a CarbonNeutral solution.
"This will ensure that they don’t miss out on important contracts or tenders due to their customers’ demands."


Green Award for Kyocera


The Nature Conservancy has accounced GreenLine Paper of York (PA) was a recipient of the 2009 Investing in Nature Award. The award acknowledges those business that model strong conservation practices to improve the health of our world and our economy. GreenLine received its award in Natural Resources Management category.


"I’m proud to say we had a very competitive field of nominees," said Bill Kunze, Pennsylvania State Director for the Nature Conservancy, "all of whom deserve our appreciation for their contributions to Pennsylvania’s economy and for their many initiatives that help us accomplish the mission of The Nature Conservancy to preserve the diversity of life on Earth."


GreenLine Paper Company has a sustainable product initiative, selling only earth-friendly products from recycled paper to compostable coffee cups. It serves as the local recycling drop-off centre and donates 1 percent of its after-tax profits to two non-profit organisations, Environmental Paper Network and Conservatree Paper, which advocate recycled paper and forest conservation.


Green boost for UTec


Chinese aftermarket cartridge vendor UTec says that its manufacturing partner has received China environmental labelling certification.


Zhuhai-based manufacturer Print-Rite Unicorn has received China Environmental Labelling for its remanufactured toner cartridges, meaning that over 150 UTec remanufactured cartridges are certified to carry the label.
China Environmental Labelling standards were adopted for remanufactured toner cartridges last year, with the methods and procedures based on ISO 14020 standards.


UTec says that the certification will give the company a competitive advantage in the Chinese domestic market where procurement laws are increasingly encouraging the purchase and use of remanufactured toner cartridges that are compliant with China Environmental Labelling standards.