Recycled stationary could be a new way to reduce the impact of office waste, so why aren’t more companies making it?
We were surprised to discover a new range of recycled stationary products which are currently available in Lidl Ireland.
The range of highlighters, ballpoint and gel pens are all made from recycled material and come attractively packaged. Retailing at approximately €1.49 per packet, they’re not going to break the bank either.
We tested out the full range and will be stocking up even further, as they are comfortable, efficient and pleasant to use. They’ll definitely be replacing some of the other brands which we’ve been using in the office, so here’s hoping that they become a permanent fixture in Lidl stores.
In an analysis carried out by the Central Statistics Office (Ireland) it was observed that:
‘Municipal waste generated in Ireland peaked in 2007, when there were 3.4 million tonnes, compared with 2.7 million tonnes in 2001. It has fallen each year since 2007 and there were just under 2.7 million tonnes generated in 2012. Waste generated per capita fell from 800 kgs per person in 2006 to 587 in 2012.
Ireland had the sixth highest level of municipal waste per capita in the EU in 2014.The lowest level of waste generated per capita was in Romania with 254 kgs per capita, while Denmark had the highest level at 758 kgs per capita. The EU average for municipal waste generated in 2014 was 475 kgs per capita.’
Offices can be more environmentally aware by reducing unnecessary photocopying and printouts, as well as monitoring energy usage.
For more tips on how to reduce environmental impact in the office, check out this article from Science Alert.