Racines Office & Art Supplies > GREEN POLICY
OUR GREEN POLICY ~ Environmentally
Safe Art Supplies
photo by Garth Hagerman
We live in such a beautiful, grace filled place. Folks here know how
durable AND fragile our environment is. Our economic base historically
has been commercial fishing and logging. Many factors have contributed
to its decline.
At Racines we realize
we cannot take for granted or show disrespect to
our planet and her resources. We also understand that
we do not live in a "paperless society".
I ask many questions and compare products before
purchasing inventory for the shop. Some manufacturers
have higher standards of environmental practices than
others. These are the companies I like to do business
with. I believe you don't have to comprise quality
when using recycled or remanufactured products, and
that is why we use environmentally safe art and office
As the demand for recycled products grows some manufacturers have responded.
Smead has been a leader in the office products industry, manufacturing
file products using post consumer waste since the early 90s. Stratmore
paper was one of the first art companies to come up with an art tablet
made from 30% post consumer waste. We are constantly looking for and
stocking everyday office and art products made from post consumer waste.
Our next consideration is how this product is manufactured. Does the
process use harmful chemicals in its production? Does it come from fair
labor practices? Does the manufacturer have a good record of environmental
practices?? While products with these characteristics are still not available
in many mainstream markets, I believe they will become available on a
routine basis, if the consumer demands it.
Check out your favorite pen. Is it refillable? It might be. Many stores
do not bother with stocking refills, or they chose to carry only disposable
pens. We have made it a policy to make available the refills for pens
we sell whenever possible. In our pen department we avoid purchasing
pens with shell packaging. We buy our pens in cardboard boxes and sell
the pens individually, thus avoiding the shell packs. The card board
boxes are then recycled.
We practice the 3 Rs. We have reduced our office paper use by using
both sides of paper. We use the envelopes enclosed from the many credit
card offers we receive whenever we can. In our shipping and receiving
we reuse packing material from our suppliers, or give it away to other
companies or customers. All our boxes (those not reused by customers)
are taken to the recycle center. Our building is energy efficient using
natural light from our skylights.