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Stationery and Office Supplies

1. Scope

These guidelines cover important environmental issues that should be considered when purchasing the stationary and office supplies listed below:

  • Office paper products (report paper, ledger paper)
  • Other paper products (notes and envelopes, etc)
  • File folders, binders, albums, and portfolios
  • Writing instruments, correction tools (pencils, ball-point pens, erasers, etc)
  • Glue, adhesive tape
  • Drawing/painting and calligraphy items (brushes, paints, cases, etc)
  • Seal and stamp items (seals, inkpads, stamp racks, etc)
  • Labels, organization and desk accessories, (name holders, stationary cabinets, bookends, etc)
  • Other stationary and office supplies (labels, scissors, staplers, etc)
  • Office appliances (overhead projectors, storage items, desk trays, etc)
  • Trash separation and collection items (recycle boxes, bottle and can crushers, etc)
2. Guidelines

When purchasing stationary and office supplies, the following articles shall be considered for purchasing products with as little environmental burden as possible:

General Guidelines

  1. Use of a large percentage of recycled material
    (Office paper products, other paper products, and labels)

  2. Meet levels of unexcessive brightness
    (Ball point pens, markers, correction tools, glue, adhesive tape, stamps/seals, and utility knives/cutters)

  3. Made from either replaceable or refillable consumable parts
    (Files/binders and albums)

  4. Separable binding equipment and covers to enable reuse

  5. Replaceable labels to enable repeated use
    (Adhesive notes/labels (tack seals)

  6. Without lamination resin

  7. Use of water-soluble, water-dispersible, or mildly alkaline water-soluble adhesives
    (Mechanical pencils)

  8. Items which utilize minimal length of remaining lead
    (Cutting mats)

  9. Usable reverse side

3. Information Requirements
  • Use of PVCs
  • Material Separation/Classification
  • Envelope window material(s)

*These guidelines are subject to change in accordance with new findings and changes in social conditions.