Posts Tagged ‘green office supplies’

It’s Good to be Green

I know I’m not alone in my obsession with office supplies, so I know I’m not alone in my appreciation of products that are polite to the environment. Shoplet.com, I curtsey you for making it easier for us to learn how to be green in the office with a quick click.

Shoplet.com’s latest initiative to provide more options for green supplies, includes a new feature on its site that suggests eco-friendly products in place of the products in your shopping cart, in case you’d like to make a greener swap. There have been so many times when I’ve shopped online and found out about greener versions of the same product later. Of course, I wished I would have known about the similar recycled items before making the purchase. Now, this new tool will make buying the greener versions of the supplies I love a cinch.

This feature is in support of Shoplet.com’s mission to carry out its moral obligation to the environment as it works to display corporate leadership in changing the industry one step at a time. My favorite part about their efforts is the ticker that calculates the progress we’re making as customers by buying green products. On this page, you can see the numerical tally that shows us how many trees, CO2, water, BTUs (heat) that we have helped save by buying for a green office.

Here’s a step-by-step walk-through on how to shop green on Shoplet.com:

Green your cart:

If there are alternative products that are green for the non-green products you selected, you can view the “See the Green Alternative” button in your shopping cart.

Once you click the button, it will take you to another page. You just have to click “Update Cart with Selected Items.”

Green Your Search

Type anything in our search query box. The “Green Your Search” green button will be available on the left side (1st screenshot below). Click that and it’ll pull up the same page except with only eco-friendly products, which you can identify with the green recycling symbol on the bottom right of each product image (2nd screenshot below).

There are over 8,000 green products on Shoplet.com, giving us plenty of ways to work in a greener office space.

What recycled office supplies do you buy? (Recycled paper, paperclips? Every little bit counts!)

 

Office Supply Review: Paper Made of Elephant Poop?

You heard that right. In light of Earth Day, this batch of green office supplies was sent to me from Roaring Spring via Shoplet.com and  included one 1-subject notebook, one 3-subject notebook and a poop product: Elephant PooPoo Paper. Lemme explain…

All three are note pads are made from recycled materials, which makes you feel a lot less wasteful when having to turn a sheet full of mistakes into a rim-shot in the recycling bin.

Still scratching your head about the title of this post? Here’s how Roaring Spring explains its tagline for its paper notebook product Elephant PooPoo Paper “We Take the ‘OO’ Out of POO!”:

Elephants eat lots of grass every day and they poo almost as much. Since their digestive systems don’t really break down the grass all that well, their poo has plenty of fiber. Seeing as though grass is fiber and fiber is the base material used in making pulp for paper, well, we figured Elephant Poo would be a great alternative fiber source for making our paper products!

Ah-mazing.

The images above are shots of the origami-heart bookmark I made following the DIY instructions of The Cheese Thief (highly recommend it if you’re a craft-lovin’ lady like me.) I used the Roaring Spring Elephant PooPoo Paper to create the carefully crinkled heart and used the Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 3 Subject to model its form.

The Elephant PooPoo Paper was the perfect size and texture for this project and would be the perfect addition to any desk, especially near the phone to jot down quick notes.

Contrary to what one might think, the pages smell like roses. :) The pages are also off-white, thick and sturdy to hold up to just about any project your little creative heart desires.

As for the notebooks, their bright colors and durability made them both pretty and practical additions to my desk drawer.

The Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 1 Subject (100 sheets) and the Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 3 Subject (120 sheets) are made of recycled color paper . They are 11″ x 9″ in size, have college rule perforated pages with margin and include one double pocket under cover.  The spiral is made of snag-proof wire.

The biggest difference between the two notebooks is that the pages in the 1-subject are all one color (in this case, purple, though there are other colors to choose from), while the 3-subject is divided by three colors: blue, pink and purple. The only downside to the notebooks worth pointing out is that I found the paper to be thinner than I anticipated and I would have preferred the Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 3 Subject to have actual dividers in between colored sections (dividers with pockets would have been a plus).

For you environmentally conscious gals out there, this set of is for you! Get your notebook online now.

Full Disclosure Reminder: These office supplies were sent to me for review by Shoplet.com. I was not paid but was given these amazing products to keep!

 

Office Supply Review: Numi Tea

Yes, just like coffee is considered an office essential to some, tea also has its place among office supplies to those who prefer leaves over beans.

I personally have always been more of a coffee fan (like this high-strung ProfessionGal needs the caffeine, right?! ;) ) But, I was SO excited to give these three Numi Teas a try: Breakfast Blend, Chamomile Lemon and Moroccan Mint. This is mainly because I’ve been really into yoga lately (well, I’ve been really into thinking I should start going to yoga class lately), and I figured this would add some Zen to my life.

With that said, I tried these assorted teas last week, starting with the Breakfast Blend on Monday to ease into my workweek, enjoying Chamomile Lemon on Wednesday since I was feeling a little under the weather and lemon sounded soothing for my throat and lastly, I ended the week with Moroccan Mint on Friday as a refresher to finish the week strong. (I think it worked.)

Before I review each, here are some interesting facts on all Numi Tea:

  • Numi Tea prides itself on using quality ingredients, blending USDA organic full leaf teas, fresh herbs and fruits to provide the freshest and most authentic flavors, unlike some of its competitors, which add oils and artificial flavors.
  • Numi Teas also known to support/create partnerships with farmers while also being environmentally conscious. Numi Teas use eco-responsible packaging that is recyclable like their cartons that are made of 85% post-consumer waste, and the tea bags, which are made of biodegradable filter paper.

Now, on to the tasting! Note: I did not add any milk or sugar to the following teas in order to provide the fairest review.

Numi Breakfast Blend Tea$7.22/box (18 tea bags), Higher Caffeine

This tea made me rise and shine like an alarm clock without the abruptly annoying and painful buzzing. It was more like a gentle shake of the shoulder as if someone was saying softly, “Hey there, just wanted to say hey, and by the way, it’s time to wake up.” That would be the perfect alarm clock sound.

This is how Numi describes it: “This complex blend of organic black teas – malty Assam, robust Ceylon, brisk Chinese Keemun and hints of floral Darjeeling – creates a hearty, balanced morning cup.”

I’d say that description is dead on.

Upon opening the packet, sweet honey hit me immediately, and after steeping for 4-5 minutes, the color matched so perfectly that it seriously looked like something Winnie the Pooh would fight me for. Simply a joy to sip as you slowly open both eyes only to stare at the computer screen. Gotta love Mondays!

What I liked.

While this applies to all Numi Tea, I really love how the level of caffeine in each flavor is categorized at the top of each packet, described as “Higher Caffeine,” “Caffeine Free,” etc… This helps you gauge which tea best suits you at that moment.

Regarding the Numi Breakfast Blend Tea specifically, I loved its middle-of-the-road stance among the variety pack, perfect for a Monday morning when you’re trying to ease into a hectic week after a slow-moving weekend. It wasn’t too mild or too intense. It had a familiar feel with hints of honey that easily turns this tea into your go-to cup in the morning.

What I didn’t like.

Can’t think of a thing. To me, it’s like the way most people feel about vanilla ice cream: sure, there are plenty more exciting flavors out there to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with a classic – you can always count on it to be just plain ol’ good.

Numi Chamomile Lemon Tea – $6.21/box (18 tea bags), Caffeine Free

I woke up on Wednesday morning with a sore throat, and I thought to myself, “Not gonna happen.” After downing some Emergen-C out of panic, I figured now was better than any time to try the Numi Chamomile Lemon Tea that sounded like it would be the perfect thing to soothe my throat (especially if I was planning to karaoke in Korea Town that weekend.) It worked like a charm. :)

As Numi describes it, this tea includes “Egyptian chamomile blossoms with Australian lemon myrtle leaves for a sweet organic brew that imparts a lingering calmness with citrus murmurings.”

Immediately upon opening the packet, this tea smelled like citrus, giving me a burst of energy with just one whiff. I steeped it for six minutes before sipping and typing at my desk. Yes, this goes against it’s calming claims on the packaging, but I’m a ball of energy anyway, and I was happy that the hot, golden  cup of  liquid sun was able to make me feel better by mid-day.

What I liked.

The adjectives that come to mind to describe my favorite tea of the bunch are: invigorating, comforting and crisp. I was sad that I didn’t have more, and definitely sat a little taller when the aroma of the tea reached my cube neighbors and they showered me with words of envy (we don’t have any tea in the office, only coffee). Though this may sound like a weird analogy, I thought the cup played like a flute with wonderful fruity notes with each sip. Definitely music to my taste buds.

What I didn’t like.

Absolutely nothing – this tea did the trick.

Numi Moroccan Mint Tea – $6.41/box (18 tea bags), Caffeine Free

I woke up on Friday screaming TGIF! I needed a breath of fresh air for a quick pick-me-up to get myself through, and based on Numi’s description, the Numi Moroccan Mint Tea was perfect: “Our organic Moroccan Mint, known as “nana mint,” flourishes in North Africa. With a flavor as light and lively as a newly picked leaf, it has a sweet spearmint flavor that is refreshing and soothing any time of day.”

As soon as I tore open the packet, it smelled like my favorite spearmint gum. :) The color of the tea was the most delightful part about it since I love green things: pistachio pudding, pastel green Easter eggs, my sorority Kappa Delta, etc…) It looked as cool and refreshing as it tasted.

What I liked.

By the time Friday rolled around, I felt (and looked) like a dead fish washed up on shore. I needed something refreshing to get me back in the sea of paperwork, making waves, when low and behold, I had my Numi Moroccan Mint Tea to enjoy and hopefully breath life back into me. I loved the clean and brisk taste that lingered after each sip – the way you feel after eating a dessert mint on a full stomach following a nice dinner – that feeling of feeling satisfied. You can’t beat it.

What I didn’t like.

I thought the mint undertone was too strong for me. I’m not a mint-flavor kind of a gal. I don’t like mint chocolate chip or peppermint patties, so to no one’s surprise I’m sure, it was my least favorite out of the three, but still, a fine tea.

Numi Chamomile Lemon Tea

Numi Breakfast Blend Tea

Full Disclosure: These office supplies were sent to me for review by Shoplet.com. I was not paid but was given these amazing products to keep!