The Green Stationery Company selects products that are environmentally benign or have environmental advantages over the standard stationery equivalents. We aim to maintain sustainable business practices within a culture that respects all life and honours its interdependence and ease our customers' path to a modern, low-impact office. We have a unique range of products; we are not a standard office stationer that just highlights some recycled paper products and proclaims themselves "Green". Many new green products are showcased by manufacturers in our green catalogue before they become available to the normal office supply companies. We also manufacture ourselves in the UK and import unusual or innovative green products from like-minded companies in the EU. We stock an extensive range of papers made from unusual fibres, including recycled brown kraft, coloured, textured, and watermarked papers. We supply long-life products built to last, and beautiful sustainable wood office accessories. We also have unique biodegradable packaging, and everything for the eco office: from recycled string to glue sticks made from almonds and potato starch. Our customers include big organisations wanting to run green conferences, small pioneering green businesses, eco-conscious home users, natural wedding planners and green pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels. We have over two thousand regular customers throughout the UK and some overseas, who all want to use their purchasing power to make a difference.
Who We Are and How We Work
The Green Stationery Company is a family-run pioneering environmental business. We began life in 1989 as a locally-based supplier of recycled paper called Bath Green Papers, and evolved in 1993 to offer a national service: the Green Stationery Company was born. We operate on the Schumacher Principle that 'small is beautiful,' keeping the company's physical size as small as possible so we can achieve the lowest ecological footprint. We have invested heavily in the latest electronic trading technology so we can provide the most efficient service to our ever-increasing number of customers, yet keep our business size relatively small.
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We use recycled and reclaimed packaging materials to protect our customers' orders, and many of these are sourced from local businesses. The only energy used in the office is renewably-sourced electricity (currently Ecotricity) and we produce minimal waste (only one black bin bag every two weeks), with all other materials being re-used. The diesel used by our couriers can be offset by our customers through Rainforest Concern's 'Forest Credits' scheme - community-owned watershed projects based in Intag in Ecuador, which provides both clean water to the indigenous peoples there, and reforests the Amazon rainforest. We also have an electric assisted peddle bike for small local deliveries.
We offer a competitive and friendly service where customers can always talk to a member of staff to clarify any issues. Our staff are knowledgeable and willing to give you advice on individual products and their wider environmental impacts.We are happy to look at customers' individual requirements and generally the company has a 'can do' attitude towards its service. We do the work of finding and supplying the best green office products available in the UK today: so when you order from us, you are ensuring the greenest possible supply chain. We offer the best prices and discounts on eco-friendly stationery, and do not charge a premium for green items. We are also a mine of information on the green office and we can untangle most of the competing environmental claims made by manufacturers. Green purchasing is an essential element in reducing the huge amount of waste generated by the disposable culture endemic in most offices. We are a certified supplier to The Vegetarian Society, Green Tourism, Considerate Hoteliers and The Good Shopping Guide. Our activities are also scutinised by Profit Through Ethics and The Trading Standards Buy with Confidence Scheme.
In the October 2010 edition of 'Office Dealer Support', the magazine's Green Dealer of the year 2010 says, "I have always been a strong advocate on getting a return on investment and I can't see any point in being green for green's sake."
This is how standard office supplies companies see green issues: not as worthwhile and important activities in themselves, but as a marketing opportunity that can grow profits. This comment was even reported by the trade magazine without any sense of disbelief. You could not make this up, most people in our industry seem to be on a different planet to us!
As environmental issues have become more mainstream, many companies are engaging in some form of environmental activity and claiming to be 'green businesses'. We believe to be a real green business, all the activities of a company should respect the environment and operate ethically. A recent Corporate Social Responsibility survey named British American Tobacco, Shell, Nestle and Xstrata Mining in the top ten performing companies. Jonathon Porritt called the inclusion of B.A.T. a sick joke. He pointed out that companies could spend a lot on environmental and social activities, while the business itself does not demonstrate any social or environmental responsibility at all.
At the Green Stationery Company, we aim to have the lowest environmental impact possible and make our activities socially and ethically sound. We publish information on everything we do through the 'Profit Through Ethics' scheme. The P.T.E. scheme enables people to make their own judgement about the working practices of businesses prepared to sign up and show they have nothing to hide. Many office supplies companies are now highlighting recycled products in their marketing and claiming to be green businesses, but this is just greenwash designed to exploit people's real concerns. We’ve noticed many of these companies, masquerading as environmentally-concerned businesses, appearing on the web. Profit Through Ethics is a fabulous antidote to greenwash. Visit http://www.profitthroughethics.com
We are a UK company based in Bath. Our VAT registration number is 601 2861 78. For EU orders, VAT is charged unless the customer provides us with a VAT number. For deliveries outside the EU, including the Channel Islands, no VAT is charged, as sales are classed as exports and the customer is responsible for paying any import duties.
Our registered address is c/o OCL 141 Englishcombe Lane, Bath BA2 2EL. Our company registration number is 02834890.