Programmable thermostats on 5 separate zones minimizes A/C and heating usage

Motion sensor lighting in rooms and the warehouse to keep lights off when no one is around

Reduced internal paperwork by 65% over the last 3 years

Efficient wind cowling on delivery trucks reduces drag and emissions

Re-use of corrugated boxes saves trees and energy

Using re-manufactured toner cartridges to help reduce landfill waste

ALL refuse is sent to Gulf Coast Recycling including cardboard

Efficient routing of delivery trucks reduces emissions and fossil fuel use

Free collection of old toner cartridges and sending to re-manufacturers reduces landfill waste

Energy efficient

Compostable or biodegradable

Contains recycled materials


Reusable or refillable

Is the product safe for the environment?

Is the product reusable or made from recycled materials?

Can the product be recycled at the end of its life?

Does the product conserve energy or water?

Is the product made from renewable plant-based raw materials?

Does the product meet third-party certifications for enviro-conscious manufacturing processes?

Combining order saves on paper waste and shipping waste

We'll deliver everything to you and that saves on gas consumption

Make your green plan. Map it, look forward and glance back to see your progress

Start. Anywhere is fine. Try something small and make it a pilot.

Adopt a mascot. Give it a name (a contest?) and keep it fun. Make going green something people want to do, not have to do.

Grassroots and management involvement. Encourage every department to pitch in; offer guidance; seek an executive leadership member as a sponsor. Change takes combined effort.

Lead it. Or better yet, co-leaders. Sustainability progress and maintenance takes work.

Track the dollars. And track the results. Saving money and reducing waste takes motivating.

Conduct a waste audit. Look at what's being thrown away and where energy is being wasted, and apply reduce, reuse and recycle principles. Consider less-obvious sources, such as idling vehicles.

Explore technology. From sensors to smart outlets, it can be easier to change behavior with help from technology.

Think Green

Whether you're furnishing an office suite, stocking a break room or outfitting a copy center, we've got everything you need to make choices that are as right for your company as they are for the environment. From green manufacturing processes, to the use of sustainable raw materials, to recyclable and reusable end-of-life options, inside our Greener Solutions catalog, you'll find thousands of Earth-friendly items specifically designed to impact our planet in a positive way. No matter what you choose, you're making the right choice.

Here are some of the steps we have taken at Bishop's Office Needs to help take care of our little corner of the planet:

On the pages of our Go Green Catalog, every product presented meets at least one of the following criteria:

When making purchasing decisions, it pays to consider:

Just what is "sustainability" anyway?

As the green movement has taken a firm hold, you've probably heard the word "sustainability" hundreds of times and heard it defined in as many ways. In short,it means living in a way that ensures our planet is healthy today and will be healthy in the millenniums to come. It means meeting our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations. Sound like a huge eco hurdle? It doesn't have to be.

Basically, it comes down to common sense and commitment. Commit to the idea that every choice we make really does make a difference, then use common sense to make those choices. From what we eat, to what we wear, to how we work, living sustainable is actually easier than you might think.

Shop smarter! We're one source for all your "green" business needs. When you shop from our Greener Solutions catalog, you're doing your part!

Be sure to tout your company's positive practices in all of your marketing materials, both internal and external. These messages build loyalty and promote your company's image as one that is serious about helping to save our planet.

Bragging Rights

Reduce Reuse & Recycle @ work: 8 TIPS


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