Office supplies

Within an office, high volume purchases like paper and toner can have a significant environmental impact. Office supplies contribute to greenhouse gas emissions through the manufacturing, packaging, transportation, use, and disposal phases.

When purchasing office supplies, it is important to consider each phase of the lifecycle to ensure the product is less impactful on the environment. Reducing demand by printing less is the best way to save money and minimize environmental impacts. When purchasing paper and toner, opt for the highest level recycled content paper possible and remanufactured or high yield toner cartridges.

State contract specifications

  • Innovative Office Solutions (paper and toner): The state contract offers great pricing on remanufactured and high-yield toner cartridges and recycled content paper. Make sure to look for the green chasing arrows symbol to determine whether the products contain recycled content!
  • Ditch waste by eliminating bottled water. You can find point-of-use bottleless water coolers on R-640(5). For trainings and events, offer pitchers of water and reusable cups instead of bottled water.
  • Coming soon: Systems furniture and services.

Sustainability resources

  • The U.S. EPA has compiled a list of trusted products and services that meet sustainability criteria.
  • CalRecycle assembled an Index of Resources for reducing business waste! This index includes everything from reducing office waste to various case studies about this topic.
  • The Environmental Paper Network’s Paper Calculator is a useful resource for determining the environmental impacts of paper consumption.
  • The MPCA conducted a case study on the performance of remanufactured toner and found that purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cartridges can significantly reduce printing costs and save energy and natural resources. Remanufactured toner cartridges also perform on the same level as their OEM counterparts.