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Entries Tagged as 'Environment'

Charging for a plastic bag with the newspaper?

January 9th, 2014 · 26 Comments

I am contemplating introducing a 10c charge for a plastic bag for newspapers. While this would put me in the same league as Officeworks and Bunnings, I think it’s an important move. Shoppers who want to prove the purchased the item can instead get a receipt or a stamp on the paper. I’d donate 100% […]

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Magazine oversupply an environmental issue

October 31st, 2013 · 39 Comments

This photo showing unsold magazines from a regional newsagency yesterday is evidence of what I suspect will (or should) ultimately drive change in the magazine supply model. What is on show in the photo is waste - magazines that have been topped. This newsagency is not required to return full copies so they remove the cover, […]

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Tags: Environment · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

We might have a fast rail network by when?

April 12th, 2013 · 7 Comments

I was surprised at the news this week that we may not have a fast rail network established in Australia for thirty or more years. For decades, federal and state politicians have let us down on major infrastructure projects, very fast rail being just one of them. We ought to be ashamed that it takes […]

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Tags: Environment · Ethics · Social responsibility

Maped has a terrific range of green stationery

October 15th, 2012 · No Comments

Further to my lament about the challenges of creating a stationery department filled with green product, the Maped product range available in Australia is an excellent starting point. They have plenty of green products and their packaging is explicit as to the extent of greenness of a product. Maped is a range I wrote about earlier […]

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Tags: Environment · Stationery

Promoting the green stationery

October 12th, 2012 · 4 Comments

I saw this while overseas yesterday, a Treehugger I Was A Newspaper Pencil. The packaging and the display unit this and associated product was in had a clear pitch around recycling newspapers. The packaging has more details about what makes up the product. It also claims that some of the proceeds from the sale of […]

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Tags: Environment · Stationery

Does Officeworks profit from recyclable bags?

September 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Further to my post earlier this week about Officeworks not offering the LOWEST PRICES EVERYDAY, I was surprised at their twenty cent charge for a shopping bag when I purchased too many items to carry loose. When I queried the person behind the counter I was told it was okay because the money from the […]

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Tags: Environment · Ethics · Social responsibility

The businesses wanting compensation from a price on carbon should talk to newsagents

July 7th, 2011 · 18 Comments

The calls in recent days from various business sectors wanting compensation for the decision by the federal government to place a price on carbon are interesting.  Big business polluters want compensation for the impact of this policy decision by government.  They look set to receive this compensation. Newsagents were impacted by a government policy change […]

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Tags: Environment · Newsagency challenges · Social responsibility

Recycling merchandise units

January 24th, 2011 · No Comments

With the Darrell Lea Valentine’s Day merchandise unit late in arriving, our team has improvised by recycling a desk calendar stand and plaving it next to Valentine’s Day cards.  It’s working a treat – especially having it next to our Valentine’s Day card display.  While most of the Valentine’s Day business is done in the […]

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Tags: confectionary · Environment

Why is the Greens vote not reflected in magazine sales?

January 20th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Sales of G and other Green issue magazines do not appear to reflect the strong voter support for Green issues as seen in the recent federal election.  Data I have seen indicates little or no sales growth.  I expected to see something given the extraordinary vote surge between federal polls.  It makes me wonder if […]

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Tags: Environment · magazines

Italy bans plastic bags

January 1st, 2011 · 53 Comments

Plastic bags are banned from retail businesses in Italy from today.  Good stuff.  Now if only we had clear leadership on this issue here. 0 likes

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Promoting carbon neutral diaries for 2011

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments

We are continuing our environmental push with the active promotion of the Kyoto carbon neutral range fof 2011 diaries from Collins Debden.  Our push last year has paid off with customers coming in specifically to purchase a Kyoto diary from us.  It is good to see shoppers making such a conscious choice.  This year, we […]

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Tags: Diaries · Environment

Ecopolitan cards very popular

October 14th, 2010 · No Comments

The new ecopolitan range of cards from Hallmark is proving to be very popular with customers. Printed with a soy / vegetable based ink on 100% recycled paper, customers get the environmental message and love the cool designs of these cards.  The designs are from a US card company called Sunrise Greetings which Hallmark acquired […]

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Tags: Environment · Greeting Cards

Greener newsagents saving paper

October 12th, 2010 · 14 Comments

More an more newsagents are eliminating paper from their businesses by using devices such as the iPhone, Android based phones and even Apple’s iPad for tasks which would previously have been done using paper.  The Samsung phone in the photo is being used as an electronic newspaper home delivery run list.  This list is generated […]

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Tags: Environment · newsagent software · newspaper home delivery

Award for Thirroul Newsagency on ditching plastic bags

August 20th, 2010 · 13 Comments

Thirroul Newsagency has just been awarded a Healthy Cities Award for its pioneering decision to ditch plastic bags in favour of environmentally friendly paper packaging.  What a great story of leadership on environmental issues from a local newsagent.  Well done Thirroul Newsagency! 0 likes

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Office Depot rewards customers for green purchases

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments

US Office retailwer Office Depot is supporting Earth Day today is giving members of its Worklife Rewards® loyalty program 100% back on their purchases of green products. It’s a clever way to promote green credentials and drive business. 0 likes

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News Corp’s progress on carbon neutral plans

March 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Editor & Publisher published an update Friday on News Corp’s progress toward fulfilling the goal of being carbon neutral by the end of this year.  With many shoppers concerned about the environment, the information could be useful for newsagents and fit with a broader environmental strategy. 0 likes

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Great eco-friendly journal range

March 5th, 2010 · No Comments

The Last Diary Company has a good range of eco-friendly journals which our customers like.  The photo shows three of the journals, there are other items in the broader range.  They are part of our green stationery offer which also includes the O’Bon pencils, journals and folders about which I have written previously.  Sales of […]

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Tags: Environment · Newsagency opportunities

Encouraging product sampling

December 21st, 2009 · No Comments

We are encouraging shoppers to sample the O’BON pencils we have which are made from recycled newspaper.  By having test pencils and a sharpener, they can see the newsprint tightly rolled to make up the pencils.  This small piece of retail theatre makes the pencils a good performer.  It demonstrates the authenticity of the product […]

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Tags: Environment · Newsagency opportunities · Stationery

Eco friendly calendars welcome

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments

It is good to see more calendars promoting their green credentials.  We have a range printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper.  Customers like that we have this option available for them.  I am impressed with the designs in the eco friendly range – they cover popular calendar categories. Newsagents have an opportunity to own […]

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Tags: Calendars · Environment

Green magazine sales flat?

November 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Maybe it is just us but sales of green related magazines are down following a year of good results.  We created the green section in the photo in among our home and living titles, opposite our women’s weeklies section.  It has performed well until the last couple of months.  The performance of green titles is […]

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Tags: Environment · magazines

Green magazines doing well

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

The ‘green’ magazine section we created in our home and living category around two months ago is driving good sales.  Last week, we had one customer buy four of the titles we have on display.  Discussing her purchase, she made it clear that having the titles together and in this location were key factors in […]

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Tags: Environment · magazines · retail

O’BON journals drive sales

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

The O’BON journals, pencils and folders we have are selling well.  Our customers like the environmental story. The journals are made using sugar cane pulp and the pencils are made from recycled newspapers – yes, an excellent like to one our core products there! The good environmental story with O’BON is enhanced by excellent product […]

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Tags: Environment · Stationery

Appealing green stationery

May 24th, 2009 · No Comments

We have brought in a range of pencils, notebooks and other items with excellent green credentials. The pencils are made using recycled newspapers.  The paper in the notebooks is made from sugarcane pulp.  The manufacturer uses wasted pulp, a by product of sugarcane, to produce the paper in the notebooks. The design of each item […]

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Tags: Environment · Stationery

Promoting green magazines

May 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments

We have moved four magazines which always feature articles on green environmentally friendly living to a new location and created better retail story. We have placed Green Living, Green Smart, ReNew and G Magazine in our home, living and garden magazine section. While sales of green titles are not strong, I am certain that better […]

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Tags: Environment · magazines · retail

Carbon calculator for magazines

May 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The UK Periodical Publishers Association launched a carbon calculator for magazines at the Fipp 2009 World Magazine Congress in London yesterday.  This is an important move which facilitates publisher interest in environmentally aware publishing. 0 likes

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Tags: Environment