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Ethical/Sustainable Office Supplies?

awilson from Fair Trade St. Michael’s College April 9, 2014

In an inquiry to OfficeMax regarding FT supplies for a congregation, we received this .pdf:
http://www.officedepot.com/speciallinks/us/od/docs/guides/supplier-guide.pdf

Their wording is very vague and their (mediocre) standards are not certified by a third party investigator.

Does anyone have suggestions or experience in purchasing FT or ethically/sustainably sourced office supplies?
Thanks!

Community Answers

  1. Hey Amy,

    I don’t know of any fair trade office supplies but I DO know that it is common for schools to purchase their coffee and teas for the break room and offices in conjunction with office supplies. OfficeMax offers fair trade Green Mountain coffee and Numi teas.
    Here is a link to their website: http://www.officemax.com/catalog/search.jsp?freeText=fair+trade+&search.x=0&search.y=0&searchText=Search+by+Keyword+or+Item+%23

    I hope that helps!

    Karine - 3 years ago
  2. For the big list of products that are eligible for a Fair Trade Certified label see… http://fairtradeusa.org/products-partners. Handicrafts are also eligible through Fair Trade Federation. But there is no standard for something like a pen or copy paper.

    scotttess from Champaign Fair Trade - 3 years ago

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