We’ve always been interested in the environment at My Nametags and have used recycled paper in our office since we started. We are now using a unique system, which means that every sheet of paper we use gets recycled at the same paper mill and comes back to us as a new piece! Also by using nametags you can help the environment…fewer items lost means less waste.
“We used recycled paper from the word go at My Nametags to the point that our printers kept breaking from recycling dust!” says Lars Andersen, the founder of My Nametags, who was determined to make every effort make it as green as possible. Now the company is using a closed loop recycling system called ‘yoyo’. All the waste paper from the My Nametags office is returned to the same paper mill and at the same time newly recycled paper is delivered back to us. “This way we can be sure that the paper we are disposing of is actually being recycled again and again as sometimes you do wonder what really happens to it.” Also by collecting the waste paper and delivering new paper on the same van, the yoyo service reduces the overall delivery miles, so cutting the carbon impact.
This recycling system is used by lots of businesses as well as schools, colleges and universities. “Schools love it because it’s easy to implement. It’s a true ‘closed loop’ system – you can buy the recycled paper that is made from the waste paper we collect from yoyo customers,” explains Jo Rutherford, Customer Segment Manager of the Robert Horne Group, the company that developed the yoyo scheme .
One of their customers, the University of Lincoln uses yoyo and now recycles 13 million sheets of paper per year that were previously sent to landfill. Placed end to end that’s enough paper to reach from London to Edinburgh ten times!
If you think your child’s school might be interested in recycling paper then you can get a free ‘paper recycling for schools’ pack from Robert Horne. Ring 0800 269 012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the yoyo system visit www.yoyopaper.com.
Labels cut waste
“Schools love it when parents use nametags as it helps reduce lost property and waste,” says Lars. So by using a My Nametags label on your child’s item of clothing or other possession you are doing your bit for the environment! “You can make a big impact simply by making sure a plastic lunch box or pair of trainers comes back to you because you’ve labelled them.” adds Lars.