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7 ways Officeworks champions sustainability

June 28, 2018

The recycling station at Officeworks’ Chirnside Park store

As a new blog on Cartridges4PlanetArk reveals, the Australian company has seven different environmental initiatives to help boost sustainability.

Officeworks has a strong presence in Australia, with 166 stores, more than 7,000 employees, and a national call centre. In order to bolster sustainability and help make a difference, the company has come up with seven different initiatives aimed at helping the environment and society.

1.Recycling stations for customers

In partnership with Cartridges4PlanetArk and MobileMuster, Officeworks has made recycling a straightforward business for its customers, by setting up printer cartridge and mobile phone recycling stations at every one of its stores across the country. So far, the company has donated 9 million cartridges to Cartridges4PlanetArk. Meanwhile, at the Chirnside Park store, Officeworks has also now introduced battery recycling and soft plastics recycling options.

2.Improving energy efficiency

Officeworks is maximising its energy efficiency through LED lighting, currently used in 81 percent of its stores. Building Energy Management Systems have also been installed in 92 stores, “and the first solar panels were installed at the North Lakes store earlier this year.” As a result, energy usage has been cut by 11 percent.

3.Recycled paper

Officeworks “has a commitment that all paper products will be either FSC certified or made from 100 percent recycled paper by the end of 2020.”

4.Reforestation

The Restoring Australia initiative was launched in 2017, which “aims to plant two trees for every one used, based on the weight of paper products purchased by Officeworks’ customers.” Through its collaboration with Greening Australia, this initiative will help to restore degraded landscapes, “rejuvenate bushland”, and restore wildlife habitats.

5.Donating funds to disadvantaged children

Officeworks has formed a new partnership with MobileMuster this month, which will see “$2 donated to The Smith Family for every kilo of mobiles and accessories collected and recycled through Officeworks stores.”

6.Recycling e-waste

Through its ‘Bring It Back’ recycling program, the company helps its customers get rid of their unwanted electronics, 95 percent of which is recovered and recycled.

7.Recycled product packaging

The Australasian Recycling Label “has been applied to over 800 products to make it easier for customers to recycle product packaging.”

 

Categories : Around the Industry

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