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RE: [GreenYes] Fwd: "Green" office paper at Staples

While I agree with the statement that I want to spend my money at an
establishment that embodies my ideals ... I think it's more realistic to
support general economic ideal, rather than local (store specific) ideals.

Therefore ... while I abhor multinational politics, I support Nike in their
quest to coalesce with organic cotton growers.  While I abhor Mitt Romney, I
think that Staples' attempt at selling tree-free paper is worth supporting.
No one issue is  black and white, and neither is the world.

This is a fairly practically-minded listserve, so I hope you forgive my
ramblings on a slightly ephemeral note.  Is this too deep for a Tuesday

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf
Of Stephen N Weisser
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:10 PM
Subject: RE: [GreenYes] Fwd: "Green" office paper at Staples

I don't agree that Staples deserves our business, but I don't want to
discourage anyone from participating in both of these very worthwhile
promotions.  I am pleased that Staples has taken these steps.  I do,
however, see them as nothing more than steps to shutup the people and groups
who have been giving Staples heck over the past year or so.  It's great that
they're carrying recycled products, and it's great that they're carrying a
few more recycled products than they were before environmental groups and
individuals raised a stink...

But what I really would like to see, and haven't, is a ***commitment.***

For example:
-If I want something copied in the copy center I must bring my own 100%
recycled paper and I get charged as if they provided the paper to me.
-If I request the recycled paper they offer in the copy center, it's less
than 30% recycled.  (This does beat many competition, such as CopyMAX, which
offers NO recycled paper in their copy center at all.)
-I'm still trying to figure out if my local Staples store is recycling
office paper and cardboard generated in their store.  I think they may have
recently started to do so.  If not, this is a lack of commitment to
recycling, if so, I'm impressed that they're abiding by state law.
-Why is recycled (<30% content) paper available only upon request?  Why not
use paper that is AT LEAST 10% recycled content as a standard in the copy
-Why isn't Staples brand products recycled?  With the exception of their
copy paper (which is a very good small step!!) which is less than 30% (I
think it's 10%).

There are other examples...They could be doing much much better.  They
could, of course, be doing much much worse too.  I still continue to take my
business to GreenLine Paper 1-800-641-1117,
GreenLine is a company that truly DOES DESERVE OUR BUSINESS!  From their
catalog: "GreenLine pledges to meet the highest of customer expectations for
exceptional environmental products and practices.  We are dedicated to the
long-term success of paper recycling and supporting only those paper mills
that show leadership in utilizing recovered or alternative fiber sources and
minimizing pollution in their manufacturing process...we are dedicated to
selling only recycled and tree-free papers...we have found many products
that are brightened without chlorine...we reuse shipping new foam peanuts...cartons are packed with recyclable paper...only
post-consumer recycled or tree free fiber will be used for our catalogs or
any other promotional materials...we do not sell customer names...we do not
mark up shipping charges..."  I don't see Staples (or OfficeMAX) making
these commitments.  And, no, I don't work for GreenLine.

Steve Weisser
Lancaster PA

Stephen N. Weisser

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf
Of Gary Liss
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 3:33 PM
Subject: [GreenYes] Fwd: "Green" office paper at Staples

>From: "George Rutherford" <>
>Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 14:59:00 -0500
>Happy America Recycles Day [November 15th]!!!
>..below is another good promotion from an ARD National Sponsor...
>George Rutherford
>Co-op America / Fair Trade Federation
>1612 K Street NW Suite 600
>Washington, DC 20006
>Direct Phone   202/872-5315
>General Phone  202/872-5307
>Fax            202/331-8166
>"A ship is safest in the harbor,
>but that's not where it's meant to be"
>-----Original Message-----
>  From: Jason Holstine []
>Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 10:44 AM
>Subject: "Green" office paper at Staples
>FYI: Staples now carries Living Tree "tree-free"
>paper--it's 90% POST-consumer recycled content
>and 10% hemp-flax...meaning there is no virgin
>wood material.   It's 24 pound weight; 91
>brightness rating (bright white); acid-free;
>process chlorine free.  It's regularly $7/ream
>but on SALE THIS WEEK FOR $3.90/ream  (basically
>the same price as regular paper).
>This is a great way to personally reduce your
>tree consumption and it's a vote of support to
>Staples--which will be important to get them to
>keep carrying "enviro friendly" goods.  Your
>regular purchases of tree-free paper will
>protect our forests, which are critical sinks
>that absorb carbon and help control global
>warming.  In addition, there is less chemical
>processing (versus regular paper), avoiding
>significant emissions of air and water
>Also, this week, turn in a used inkjet printer
>cartridge to Staples and get a free ream of 10-
>30% recycled paper. Another great move by
>Staples that deserves our business.
>Jason Holstine
>Aurum SustainAbility
>voice:   +1.301.528.6354
>fax:      +1.707.598.0386

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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