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Xerox survey reveals top 10 environmental pet peeves

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

NORWALK, Conn., April 17, 2008 – Do you consider yourself environmentally aware? Are you the Chief Recycling Officer of your household? What about at work?

Results of a North American survey released today by Xerox Corporation to measure environmental consciousness in the workplace, found that work colleagues may have some strong objections to those who don’t walk-the-green-talk at the office.

Almost 40 percent of U.S. respondents said their number one office environmental pet peeve was mindless printing resulting in abandoned pages at the printer, followed closely by leaving the lights on in unused offices (37 percent).

A review of the other top office pet peeves included: lack of recycling bins (33 percent); excessive air conditioning or heating (29 percent); excessive use of paper products – like plates and cups (27 percent); coworkers who don’t recycle (27 percent) and coworkers who print single-sided instead of double-sided documents (24 percent).

“As we talk with our customers, we often find that environmental consciousness is left in the recycling bin that sits in employees’ garages. While they’re eco-friendly at home, the office is still breeding ground for bad habits,” said Patricia A. Calkins, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety at Xerox. “Yet, as this survey found, it takes a few small steps to make a big difference. Step number one: use the technology available in the office to cut back on paper use, reduce waste and reduce energy consumption. That can mean simply setting the office printers to default to two-sided printing, which cuts office paper use in half. Or, replace single function printers and copiers with multifunction systems, decreasing energy use.”

Gender and generations
The survey, which polled 1,569 office workers across the U.S. and Canada, revealed that U.S. women (91 percent) consider themselves more eco-conscious than their male counterparts (86 percent). Age had a noticeable effect on environmental consciousness too. Of U.S. workers aged 18-34, 27 percent ranked themselves as “extremely” or “very green” versus the next generation of employees aged 35-44 (17 percent).

    The Full List

The top ten environmental pet peeves among U.S. office workers:
1. Mindless printing resulting in increased waste (40%)
2. Leaving lights on (37%)
3. Lack of recycling bins (33%)
4. Excessive air conditioning in summer and heat in winter (29%)
5. Excessive use of paper products, like cups, plates, etc. (27%)
6. Coworkers not recycling (27%)
7. Coworkers not printing double-sided when they can (24%)
8. Too many cover sheets when faxing or printing (24%)
9. Having to store paper copies of existing, electronic files (24%)
10. Leaving computer on and not powering down when going home (23%)
For smarter ways to ‘green’ an office of any size, visit

About the survey
Harris Interactive conducted the survey of 1,569 adults aged 18+ working in offices in Canada and the United States from March 4 – March 9, 2008 on behalf of Xerox Corporation. Respondents were asked to rate their environmental consciousness and select which common office practices with negative environmental impact bothered them. The U.S. data were collected online and were weighted to be representative of the U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, annual household income, race/ethnicity and propensity to be online.

What happens to recycled vinyl banners?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

As we previously reported, Raleigh’s green printer is a collection site for old vinyl banners. But what becomes of them once we deliver them to Whole Foods for recycling? Inquiring minds want to know, so we talked with Carrie LeChevallier to find out what the latest use for them is. Turns out, Carrie has partnered with a local craftsperson to have them made into outdoor pillows!

The vinyl is nearly weatherproof and highly water resistant, so it makes a great fabric for outdoor cushions and pillows. The filling is a natural water-resistant material from Central America called “Kapok.” The plan is for the pillows to be available for ordering online and will range in price from approximately $50-$125, depending on size. Barefoot Press will keep you posted here when the site is up and running.

Bring your banners to our Pershing Rd. location any time – they can be left on the loading dock after business hours. Thanks to Carrie and Whole Foods for supporting green printing and eco-friendly re-use practices.

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