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Pitney Bowes Focuses on Environmentally Friendly Solutions

31 Aug, 2004

Pitney Bowes Focuses on Environmentally Friendly Solutions

To help its environmentally conscious customers improve their business practices, Pitney Bowes has incorporated Environmentally Friendly Solutions into its Pitney Bowes Management Services (PBMS) standard service offerings. These offerings enable clients to sensibly and responsibly manage the flow of their paper documents, lower their document management costs, all while protecting the environment. Environmentally Friendly Solutions are centered around three core elements that include: procurement of recycled content paper; reducing the overall use of paper; and recycling paper and office wastes. 

“Because paper-based communication in the form of faxes, printouts, mail and documents continues to grow, companies need to consider how their paper usage may be impacting the environment,” stated Shawn Uleske, vice president, Product & Solution Marketing, Pitney Bowes Management Services. “While many of our clients look to Pitney Bowes to help them control costs, our new Environmentally Friendly Solutions offerings will help us create a document strategy that also captures the positive impact to the environment. Not only do these practices add to a company’s bottom line, it helps them feel positive about the way they are conducting their document management operations.”

Through the Environmentally Friendly Solutions offering, Pitney Bowes Management Services offers best practices to help businesses act in a more environmentally friendly manner that include:

Helping customers implement the use of recycled paper and reduce overall paper, toner and ink consumption.

Converting operations to print on demand so documents are printed only when needed.   Benefits include elimination of inventory waste and reduction of storage costs. 

“Rightsizing” office equipment including desktop printers, faxes and copiers that results in reduced energy, paper, toner and maintenance costs.

Digitizing records to eliminate the need for printing and storing paper.

Electronically distributing and managing documents that requires less space and reduces and paper use.

Estimates show that since one employee can generate as much as 15,000 printed pages per year, using recycled paper has a major benefit on the environment.  Using just 30% post-consumer recycled paper (PCR) delivers comparable performance results as virgin paper, but can reduce tree harvesting 30%, hazardous pollutants 27%, solid waste and water effluents 15%, and green-house-gas emissions 11%.  Utilizing technology that can print on both sides of a page, called Duplex printing, not only reduces upfront paper costs by 10%, but also reduces overall document weight and bulk that create savings throughout the value chain, including postage, and shipping costs.

Pitney Bowes’ Environmentally Friendly Solutions are finely tuned based upon research conducted by Green Order, a consulting and information services firm that improves the business practices for Fortune 500 companies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has recognized Pitney Bowes for its excellence in solid waste management for the past six consecutive years.  Pitney Bowes was recently designated as a WasteWise “Partner of the Year” in the Large Company category for its proactive solid waste management and recycling efforts. 

More Information about Pitney Bowes’ Environmentally Friendly Solutions is available at www.pb.com.

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