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A Greener Charlottesville: Eco-Friendly School Supplies

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

August 15, 2008

Every school year the list seems the same, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, paper, but this year Staples is making it a little easier to Go Green.

"Staples currently sells over 3000 eco-friendly products, and we have a top line of back to school products for 2008," said Staples General Manager, Walter Pond.

Staples boasts a new line of notebooks, writing pads, and paper made with a product called Bagasse, he plant fiber waste remaining after processing sugarcane. It is bleach-free and has an enhanced biodegradable composition, which makes recycling easier.

"I can't tell you how many sheets of paper are thrown out every day, but to recycle and reuse, that's what we are going to have to do," said Pond.

Look for new binders made from Polypropylene, which is PVC free, and post-it notes made from 30% post consumer content and recycled pens. Yes, pens.

"It seemed kind of weird to me at first but it's actually 54% recycled content by weight. Don't ask me how they do it, but they work great and we use them here in the store," said Pond.

So, as your searching the Aisles for school supplies, just look for green packaging or the green recycling logo.

"It's good for the environment and you don't sacrifice any durability or functionality," said Pond.

And when you are doing your back to school shopping, don't forget to bring your own shopping bag, so you wont have to use another plastic bag.

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