MEDIA RELEASE 11 June 2009
Businesses switching to recycled copy paper
One of Australia's leading suppliers of business essentials Corporate Express,
says there has been a noticeable switch in use of office paper from all-purpose
to recycled paper.
Office paper is currently the largest component of solid waste generated by
offices. Australians use about 1.72 million tonnes of printing and writing paper
each year, which is the equivalent to more than 40 million trees.
"Copy paper is a very important product category for Corporate Express. Over the
past three years, recycled copy paper has been by far our fastest growing paper
category," said Jennifer Williams, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager with
"Our customers are conscious of their paper consumption and are looking at ways
to decrease it or make it more environmentally-friendly," she added.
Corporate Express contributed to the development of the fourth edition of the
Know your paper guide, an initiative from the Department of Environment and
Climate Change NSW to assist anyone wishing to purchase 80gsm all-purpose office
paper containing recycled fibre.
"It's important to understand the impact our consumption of paper has on the
environment and how we can reduce this. The Know your paper guide will help
businesses do just that," Williams said.
"The manufacture of recycled content paper can consume up to 50 per cent less
energy and 60 per cent less water compared to manufacturing paper from virgin
"Recycled content paper also helps lower the quantity of paper disposed to
landfill and consequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions," she explained.
In addition to offering a range of paper containing between 10 and 100 per cent
of recycled content, Corporate Express recently added to its range the Reflex
Laser Carbon Neutral paper.
"With the increased obligation of companies to report on their greenhouse gas
emissions, the carbon neutral paper can be a simple way to help reduce their
carbon footprint and a great way to show staff you're committed to
sustainability," Williams said.
Corporate Express offers a wide range of environmentally-preferable products
across all divisions of the business including office products, IT solutions,
business furniture, print management, canteen & catering, promotional marketing,
facility supplies and education.
Corporate Express was named Sustainable Company of the Year in late 2008 at the
8th Australian Sustainability Awards.
Corporate Express Australia, an ASX-listed company, is one of Australia's
leading suppliers of business essentials with over 50 branches around Australia
and New Zealand.
For more information about Corporate Express, call 13 26 44 or visit the website
Released for Corporate Express by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413