Conservation and sustainability encompass a fundamental belief in helping to make a better world. Those of us at Tallgrass Business Resources believe that a better world will come as the result of our careful consideration of how we can improve social conditions, create economic opportunity for others and ourselves, and live and work within our environment’s capacity to regenerate.
Some examples of how sustainability plays out in our real business world:
Easy return policy reduces waste: If you don’t need a product, return it for credit. Once back on our shelf, the item will then be available (without further manufacturing impact) for us to send to another user. This simple action will reduce the product’s footprint by half; good for the earth and your bottom line.
Choose quality over economy: By buying a higher quality item, whether it is a paper punch or an office chair, you lessen the long term impact on the environment. Both good and poor quality products have the same environmental impact during the manufacturing process, but the better quality products will not only last longer but be more enjoyable to use. By choosing something that lasts 3 times as long as a budget item, you have reduced the environmental footprint by two-thirds. Reducing waste yields long term benefits.
The companies that founded Tallgrass Business Resources – Frohwein/Matthews Office Plus and Pioneer Workspace Solutions – had a long history of being environmentally conscious. In 1992, the Iowa City Area Chamber awarded Frohwein a “Certificate of Commendation for Innovative Business Practices in Solid Waste Management” for our policy of picking up cardboard from our customers and recycling it with our own. This involved our collecting, crushing and baling several tons of cardboard. Tallgrass Business Resources continues to expand that policy with our customers to include white paper and toner cartridges.
Other steps we have taken to sustainability:
Our commitment to sustainability recognizes that all business activities are derived from, take place, and directly or indirectly impact our natural environment. We believe that sustainability and business success are not only compatible but are inextricably linked, and that by embracing both we benefit our company and our environment for the long term.