Staples Green Office Survey Results On Recycling and Energy Efficiency Lighting

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Staples did  a really cool survey on Earth Day. They did a poll on the greening of the office that they promoted via their twitter feed @staplestweets.

Listed below are the results.

Two observations stand out. One is that among those surveyed there is real evidence that offices are going green. Over 67% of those polled said their office was adopting green practices. 88% said they used recycled paper, almost 77% said they recycled their ink cartridges and 76% recycled plastic bottles. Interesting, using energy efficient lighting which is the number one green action item for an office in terms of saving money was only being implemented in a little over half of the surveyed offices (CLICK HERE to see a short video interview with Pam Evans of the Alameda County Green Business Program on best practices for going green and saving green in your office).

The other key observation is that price is still the determining factor in going green. 77% of those surveyed said that the price for going green had to be either at parity or better.

Here’s the survey results:

1) How “green” is your office?

We’re super green! Call us Al Gore! 7.4% (30)
We’re pretty green, but could always do more for the planet. 59.9% (243)
We recycle paper, that’s pretty much it. 28.6% (116)
Green? What’s that? 4.2% (17)
TOTAL 100.0% 406

2) What’s the extent of your office’s environmental efforts? Check all that apply:

We recycle paper. 88.2% (358)
We recycle ink cartridges. 77.6% (315)
We recycle water and soda bottles. 76.4% (310)
We print double sided. 56.9% (231)
We use energy-efficient lighting and water saving faucets. 42.1% (171)
We buy sustainable paper and cleaning products for our breakroom. 30.5% (124)

3) Which would you rather see at your office: green paper products and utensils OR environmentally conscious cleaning products?

Green paper products. They incorporate recycled content and support responsible forestry practices. 50.5% (205)
Green cleaning products. They make our workplace safer and our indoor air cleaner, and reduce the use of harmful toxins. 49.5% (201)
TOTAL 100.0% 406
4) When it comes to being environmentally conscious, sometimes it’s a matter of cost. How important is being green to you?

I’d be willing to pay more for green products and services. 22.7% (92)
If the price is the same, I’d choose the greener option where available. 71.9% (292)
Price trumps sustainability for me. 5.4% (22)
TOTAL 100.0% 406

5) We know that some people do their best to reduce their carbon footprint at home, but maybe their office hasn’t caught up. Which of the following best describes you?

I’m as green as they come! I recycle and use environmentally conscious products both at home and in the office. 29.1% (118)
I’m green at home, but my office doesn’t support the environment the way I do. 34.0% (138)
Thank goodness my company’s green, because my house sure isn’t! 7.1% (29)
I’m not really contributing much to helping the environment, regardless of where I am. 7.9% (32)
I work out of my house, so it’s easy for me to be green in both places. 21.9% (89)
TOTAL 100.0% 406

6) Your office may buy recycled paper, but what about the “other” paper? Does your office purchase eco-conscious paper towels and bath tissue?

No. I am not sure it will fit our needs. 23.6% (96)
Yes, we make a point to buy kitchen and restroom supplies made with recycled content when possible. 39.2% (159)
Not a clue — our cleaning company supplies it. All I know is its white, and comes in a roll. 37.2% (151)
TOTAL 100.0% 406

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017 that focuses upon the emerging smart, healthy and green economy. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, profiles best practices of businesses making money going green.

About Bill Roth

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017, author of The Secret Green Sauce and a nationally-followed contributor to Entrepreneur.com, Triple Pundit, The Green Economy Post and Media Post on best business practices emerging from the smart, healthy and green global economy. He coaches entrepreneurs, business and community leaders on how to grow revenues, profits and jobs by going smart and green.
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