Extending the Life of Stationery
Reuse large envelopes and boxes whenever possible.
Offices often buy supplies and then throw away the boxes they receive, placing a label over the previous one and securing it with tape the boxes can be used again. Large envelopes can be reused for internal mail.
Make jotters and scribbling pads from single sided printouts
Use rechargeable batteries for cameras and other devices
Although rechargeable batteries initially cost more, they save money in the long run because they last much longer and can be continually recharged.
Purchase “special offer” ink and toner cartridges
UK Office Direct do regular promotions on ink, such as Buy 2 Get 1 Free, These deals are fantastic at reducing your ink budget, especially if you have many printers to but for.
Keep an out for the exclusive emails that will give you a heads up on all the latest promotional offers and time you purchasing to take advantage of these special offers.
Recycle mobile phones
They can be reused as well as converted into new products. The precious metals in an old mobile phone have a lot of value. Other valuable materials in a mobile phone include silver, platinum and copper which can all be extracted from the old phones and reused.
Send your used writing instruments to TerraCycle
TerraCycle will provide a box, then, when full, up-cycle pens, highlighters and markers into new, innovative products. In return, you’ll receive TerraCycle points, which you can redeem for charitable gifts, products, or payments to a non-profit organisation or school of your choice. They also take coffee foils and refill pouches, as well as yoghurt pots and other items.
Tins and soft drink cans can make quirky pen and stationery desk top storage
Take the tops off with a tin opener and sand down any sharp edges with sandpaper. Wash and dry thoroughly before use.
While we are at it, you can cut clean plastic milk containers to the required depth to make handy compartments and pots to keep the inside of drawers and cupboards tidy.