Earth Month

April is Earth Month, but here at Blaisdell’s we celebrate year-round!

What do Office Supplies and Earth Day have to do with each other? For us it means using sustainable supplies, from pens & paper to cleaning products; routing our deliveries as efficiently as possible to save gas while maintaining a Green Business status through the Alameda County Green Business Program to name a few.

The sustainable office supply category is growing to include almost anything one can think of; from remanufactured ink & toner cartridges to a new line of Wheat Copy paper made from wheat fiber instead of tree pulp!  Here are some of the personal favorites at Blaisdell’s :

Kari in Customer Service likes the FlexGrip Ultra ballpoint pen, made with 70% recycled plastics

Hoa in Accounting likes to use the Bic ECOlutions mini correction tape, made with 51% recycled plastics

Zack our Marketing Guru uses the Pilot BeGreen Precise V5 pen, made with 89% recycled materials

 Emily, Account Manager, loves her At-A-Glance Recycled Appointment book, made with 100% recycled paper

 Queen Bee Margee likes the Greenguard Certified Alera Neratoli chair in red, made from 30% recycled materials.  It’s very nice looking too!

 My favorite are the Earthwise file folders by Esselte, made from 100% recycled paper, and they come in great colors!

 We ALL love the Pilot B2P pen, made from recycled water bottles, perhaps some of you have received samples on Freebie day, or signed for your delivery with one!

B2P

 What’s your favorite sustainable office supply item?  Is your business Green Certified?  If not we’re happy to walk you through the process.  Tell us what you do around your office that’s Earth Friendly- we’d love to hear!!

Until next time,

Adrienne Quitugua-Hervin 🙂

Spring Has Sprung!

Welcome back Blaisdell’s Buddies!  Adrienne’s got something to buzz about this week – take a peek!

Spring is here!  It’s time to open the doors and windows to let the fresh air in!

But when the sun comes out, it sheds light on the dusty build up after those long winter months. Time for Spring Cleaning!! We all do it at home; doesn’t your workplace deserve the same?

Try to look at your work area as if it was not yours- does it look tidy and professional?  What impression do you think office guests get when they see your work area?

Career-Spring-Cleaning

A little organizing can go a long way; this is how I do it at Blaisdell’s:

  • Step back and look at my work area; what do I really need on a daily basis? Find a new home for those items that I’ll only use occasionally.
  • Remove everything from the desktop and dust (I love Swiffer dusters!) then wipe the surface & phone, keyboard and mouse (Seventh Generation makes a great eco-friendly wipe)
  • Replace and organize my desktop items, now is the perfect time to place my office tools in the right place and within reach.
  • Clear out underneath the desk; empty trash & recycling bins, sweep/vacuum.
  • Purge files; recycle what I don’t need anymore, use storage file boxes for items that I don’t need in front of me but want to reference later.

With the weather improving, being inside all day can be rough, but keeping a neat and clean cubicle (or corner office or workbench!) makes my workday better and more productive!

Speaking of productive, Blaisdell’s now offers Customized Coffee programs for your workplace- more on that next time so stay tuned!

Until next time,

Adrienne Quitugua-Hervin