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Do You See Yourself as Eco-Friendly?
How often do you consider the environment? Often, we make an effort to reduce our impact on the world around us whilst at home, but don’t carry through in our workplace purely because we’re not encouraged to. Why not be the instigator of change? It doesn’t have to be difficult – even simple things can make a big difference.

For example, did you know that by switching off you computer monitor at night, you can save enough energy to print up to 800 pages of Avery® Laser Labels? Or that 95% of the energy used by the UK’s mobile phone chargers is wasted energy? Only 5% is actually used to charge phones, the rest is used when the charger is plugged into the wall but not switched off at the socket.

Looking at the paper products you use can also be an easy way be support the environment. Paper made from material from well managed forests means that, not only are the worlds’ forests protected, but so too are the people that live and work within them. Bodies such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensure that all material coming out of forests under their certification scheme confirms to the highest ethical standards.

FSC material is used in numerous products which you touch and use every day - from Barbecue charcoal to sandwich wrappers - just look out for the “Tick Tree” logo. You’ll be amazed how eco-friendly you can be without even trying. Avery uses FSC material in our laser addressing, shipping, mini and removable labels, as well as in Paper Indexing products, so you can rest assured that you’re doing your bit for the environment by using them.

Sometimes, even the obvious solutions are missed. It’s surprising how many organisations don’t recycle! Avery products come in packaging made from recycled cardboard, which in itself can be recycled. And, to go one step further, why not recycle plastic drinks bottles and cups too? Recycling just one plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for 6 hours! Those recycled products can then go on to benefit you. Avery has a range of desktop office accessories manufactured using plastic which is made from 100% post consumer waste.

All the above activities are simple but effective ways of protecting the environment at home or the office. The rest is up to you!

How Your Choice of Labels Can Help

You only have to look at a stationery catalogue nowadays to see the vast amount of environmentally responsible office products available. Just by choosing these products you can start to make a difference.

Did you know that each person in the UK uses 15 trees worth of paper every year?

Avery has a range of labels which have full FSC accreditation, including QuickPEEL™ laser addressing, shipping, mini and removable labels. Not only are these labels kinder to the environment due to this accreditation but they are also fully recyclable (even the backing paper!).

Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 3.2 cubic meters of landfill space and 4,100 kilowatts of energy!

Avery also has a range of recycled addressing labels which are also fully recyclable. These labels make use of paper other people no longer need, a perfect example of sustainable manufacturing. In addition, all Avery packaging is manufactured using recycled cardboard.

A patch of ancient forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every 2 seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That makes an area the size of France and Spain in the last 10 years!

By supporting the FSC, Avery can ensure that only well managed forests are used to provide paper for our products. However, the environmental story doesn’t stop there. Avery runs campaigns based upon replanting trees on behalf of our customers. For more information on these schemes, look inside boxes of our products to see how you can plant a tree and help sustain our forests.

Having read the above, we hope to have shown you two things:

Firstly, that Avery takes its commitment to the environment seriously, not just with products, but also with packaging, manufacturing and sourcing of material.

Secondly, that it’s easy to make a difference and that you have that choice. The famous environmental campaigner Anita Roddick once said “Consumers have not been told effectively enough that they have huge power and that purchasing and shopping involve a moral choice”. Now you have that choice!

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