We’ll be wrapping presents yo!

We were sitting around the table at our last Green Team meeting discussing ideas for projects we can take on. And idea popped in my head: Eco-wrapping. No, it’s not throwing down rhymes about the environment (though that would be pretty cool!) it’s about reusing materials for holiday wrapping to save a few trees.

I’ve done this a couple of years with a local charity – at malls and our local emporium where people buy their outdoor gear. I’ve wrapped snowshoes, canoe paddles, vases – all with kraft paper or recycled posters and paper rafia. And the best part is … no tape!

A lot of my Green Team cohorts were shocked when I told them this. Ya, it’s not pretty…but it makes for an interesting conversation piece under the tree or passed over glasses of rum and eggnog. How many of us wrap beautifully anyways? I know that even with the best paper money can buy and rolls of tape my gifts look like they have been wrapped by drunken elves with no thumbs.

Eco-wrapping is coming to a Softchoice branch near you! And if you want to bust a rhyme while we wrap the DVD box set of MASH you got your Uncle Herb, you might even get a discount off the fee (which will be a donation to Softchoice Cares.) Want to learn more? You can read “Eco-Chick’s” online post about Eco-wrapping.

Cut Your Costs Through Re-Using Supplies

A few weeks ago our office relocated an entire department to a different end of the floor. We asked them to pack up all their belongings and leave behind any unwanted items such as office supplies that they were not using. In the end, we collected enough supplies to fill up TWO HUGE FILING CABINETS. When you reuse office supplies, you not only save time, but you will also reduce the amount of fuel wasted on deliveries, items ordered and dollars spent. This process will ultimately reduce your companies carbon footprint AND save you money! Try this program at your office today and see how much you can save!