Environmental Excellence


Our history of environmental excellence

Environmental protection is stitched into the fabric of everything we do. It is who we are, it is our history our belief our everything. It is in the suppliers and partners that we work with, the products that we promote and in those that we quietly drop.  From our stringent environment policy to the products our team help you select you will see that everything we do is about bringing ecological excellence to office procurement in the UK. There is a reason why environmentalists call us the experts expert.

As a member you will receive a free carbon analysis of your office consumption and ongoing support for all your business needs.

Take a look at some of our first’s below and join us in helping create the greenest UK economy.


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2020 - Changing lives through lockdown

In our most active year yet we rose to the challenge of a global pandemic by supporting over 100 people into education, training, and new jobs. We gave out more than 2,500  reusable face coverings to rough sleepers, created 29 part-time jobs and supported 7 hostels.  We were also active in care homes giving away 523 dementia dolls to sufferers separated from their families and 1071 PPE packs to care homes across the country. While we were busy we were still careful to look after our planet too.  We provided recycling points for PPE, removed 67, 729 pieces of single use plastic, planted 864 trees, delivered 22,766 Carbon-neutral packages and removed 172 tonnes of CO2.

Signed over the company to the membership

At the board meeting on the 23rd of May, the decision was made to become a cooperative and give the company to the workforce, customers and stakeholders.

Wrote and Published EDM 1221

EDM 1221 is an early day motion that called on the government to use the opportunity of the credit crunch to build a green manufacturing economy. We drafted the motion and worked with the late Malcolm Wicks and Caroline Lucas to get it discussed in Parliament.

Banned PVC & Single-use Plastic from our Supply Chain

We committed to remove all PVC products from our catalogue and to look at single-use plastic and supply recyclable and reusable alternatives.

Published Independent White Paper on Paper Sustainability

Bruce published his first white paper on paper sustainability. This was the first piece of independently funded research on the subject written for buyers by us and contained meta-analysis of work that had been done by paper mills, academic sources and environmentalists. It marked the beginning of a tradition we continue to this day, putting independent cutting edge research into the hands of buyers to make informed choices.  It was also the moment we became known as the experts expert source of advice.

Achieved Carbon Neutrality

Following a review and independent audit, Bruce and Yasmin achieved carbon neutrality – the first stationery company to achieve it.

Created the first FM Social Enterprise
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