In 2004, Duke and Corporate Express developed a unique partnership in order to "green" Duke's office supplies purchases. Key project components:
- Identify and appropriately label environmentally preferable ("green") products in the Corporate Express catalog and Eway
- Educate end users about the environmental impacts of their purchases
- Develop an accounting system to track Duke's purchasing of green products
The results have been impressive. In the last half of 2004, purchases of products designated with the "EarthSaver" logo increased from 11.6% to 17%. A full 30% of contract office product items are EarthSaver products. Additionally, Duke has switched to remanufactured toner cartridges, which offer substantial environmental and cost savings.
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