Recycle Ink and Toner

January 28, 2013

Recycle Ink and Toner Here.

Did You Know?

• Over 350 million cartridges are thrown into landfills every year. That’s over 29 million per month!
• Each discarded laser cartridge adds approximately 3.4 pounds of metal and plastic waste to our landfills – waste that will take as long as 1,000 years to decompose.
0% Landfill Policy-Nothing ends up in our landfills.
 Supply Brothers offers a FREE recycling program for ink cartridges, toner  cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics to help fulfill our No Landfill  policy.

How Do I Set up My Account? In order to set up an account, please email us. Please include a contact name, email, phone number, company name, and your address(s) that you would like us to pick up from.

How does the Program Work? Once your account is set up, we provide recycled boxes for inkjets, toners, cell phones, and small electronics. Each box comes with a prepaid UPS shipping label. Once the box is full, simply tape it closed and give it to a UPS driver or drop it off at any UPS drop off location. Once your account is set up, and you are ready to ship your used ink and toner, you can email us at http://www.supplybrothers.com/ContactUs.aspx for shipping labels and boxes. Please include “Send me Ink and Toner Recycling boxes” in the subject line. Or, you can use your own box and email us for a prepaid label. It’s FREE!!

What if I need a Pallet? For customers that have 100 or more cartridges to return at one time, we will schedule a pallet pickup. Our logistics team will provide all necessary documentation for the shipment.

How are used supplies handled? Your used cartridges are returned to one of our processing facilities where they are sorted and graded and kept out of landfills. For more questions or support, please email us today. http://www.supplybrothers.com/ContactUs.aspx

Write “Get Green with Ink & Toner” in the subject line of your email.

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Spilt Coffee on Your Computer Keyboard?

November 2, 2010

Typing on my computer keyboard with one hand and drinking a large coffee in the other hand. Racing to reach a 5pm deadline. I was on my way to the finish line. The light at the end of the tunnel was shinning brighter. As I was typing the last paragraph, someone shouted across the office. I jumped, along with my large cup of coffee. The cup hung in the air for a brief second and then a tsunami of coffee came falling down right on top of my computer keyboard. The liquid gushed over the sides of the keyboard, as the amount of liquid reached its capacity inside the plastic computer keyboard’s frame. My keyboard was fried like this morning’s eggs. I missed my 5pm deadline. Just borrow another computer keyboard you might ask. A room full of eager colleagues were trying to finish a 5pm deadline as well. Weeks later, I was talking with our supplier. I had mentioned the coffee incident. He had the solution. A forthright thinker had the genius idea of creating a washable computer keyboard.

Introducing the Washable Keyboard

Washable Keyboard, 104 Keys, Black

Pro Fit USB/PS2 Washable Keyboard, 104 Keys, Black


How can Visual Aids Help Improve Your Child’s Learning?

October 20, 2010

Recently, I was watching a manager explain a concept to a fellow employee. However, my fellow employee did not understand the idea he was trying to explain. Quickly, I pulled my manager aside. He scribbled some information on a dry erase board. Soon the light bulb went off. My fellow employee knew exactly what our manager was saying.

Many people are visual learners, especially children. Multiple studies have concluded that students and adults who study, according to their own personal preferences, excel higher than students and adults who do not. Visual tools, such as dry erase boards, can greatly improve one’s ability to understand and learn new information.

Are you, or your child, a visual learner? Use the below questions to find out if you are. If you answer yes to more than two of the following questions, than you are most likely a visual learner.

1. Are you good at spelling?
2. Do you like colors and fashion?
3. Do you have to think awhile after someone explains a concept to you?
4. Are you good at visualizing objects?
5. Are you an excellent organizer?
6. Do you dream in color?
7. Can you immediately notice when something is out of alignment

Visual learners, such as yourself and your child, can prosper greatly when using visual tools. Dry erase boards can greatly increase your ability to recall information and they are great to illustrate images and graphs. Assorted markers can also be used to enhance the learner’s experience, through color coding. Dry erase boards are also a great way to go green. You can easily write and erase information, so there is no need to use up valuable pieces of paper. In addition to using less paper, dry erase boards are much easier on the eyes than your traditional black chalk board. Dry erase boards can be used to train employees, teach students, and allow anyone to make a professional presentation more impactful.

Dry Erase Boards & Accessories:

Wall-Mount Dry Erase BoardsEasel Style BoardsDesktop/Portable Dry-Erase BoardsDry Erase Markers


How to Make Your Pet a Star

October 7, 2010

Enter Your Pet in our Picture Contest

Do you have a cute pet picture? If so, enter our “Supply Brothers Pet of the Week” contest. The winner will be selected by our staff on October 15th. If selected, your pet will appear on the homepage of our website for the entire week of October 18th through October 24th. Supply Brothers draws thousands of visitors per month, and your pet could be seen on our homepage!

To enter your pet, simply email us (news@supplybrothers.com) a photo of your pet before October 15th. Our staff will pick their favorite on October 15th and on October 18th, you can see your pet on our homepage Supply Brothers.

Don’t be discouraged if your pet does not appear at first, we will be choosing several winners and posting pet pictures for several weeks. All winners will be notified a day in advance.


How to Host a Football Tailgate

September 13, 2010
 

 

 

  

Football season has officially begun. Tailgate parties should be a combination of camping meets sports bar. Here is a checklist of the basic essentials all tailgates must have. 

 
1.  Portable grill, radio, and cooler. (You can usually find these at places like Wal-Mart, Target, etc.
6.   Napkins
11. Invite as many of your closest friends!
 
Once you have these basic essentials, you can start your planning your tailgate. The first step is find out the parking situation and guidelines at your stadium. Every venue is different.
 
Sending out invitations is easy. Using Evite, email, or facebook are just some of the ways to spread the word about your party. Let your friends know if they plan on attending, they need to let you know as soon as possible. Getting a proper head count is essential to knowing how much food and supplies you will need.
 
I am a firm believer that you cannot have enough food. Even, if you have extra, leftovers are great snacks and will give you a night off of having to cook dinner. Hamburgers and hotdogs are a must. However, do be shy and spice things up a bit with some other types of food. You can never go wrong with marinated meat and vegetables. My favorite tailgate food is deep fried turkey or chicken. If you don’t have a portable deep fryer you can ask one of your friends to borrow one.
 
Cooking and setting up your tailgate requires the most time. You should start your tailgate cooking and eating at least 3 hours prior to kick off. Clean up should begin about 45 minutes before game time. This will give you plenty of time to walk to the stadium, go through security, and find your seats.
 
After party is key. Once the game has ended, there is always a mad rush of cars trying to leave the stadium. My friends and I always like to fire the grill up for one last hoorah and enjoy some more eating and relaxation. It sure beats sitting in traffic.
 
Lastly, have a great time and be safe. Always have a designated driver, and never let you friends drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. 


Three Easy Purchasing Practices for any situation

July 26, 2010

Hoboken, NJ – Sept 17 2010 -The challenging economic climate has made the procurement department more important than ever. Purchasing practices have certainly changed over the years and this area is constantly evolving to become more efficient. Many studies have been published on this subject and extensive research has been done. We here at Supply Brothers decided to share these best practices with you in a manner that can be applied to your every day purchases. This article will help the average consumer and the seasoned corporate purchasing professional.

1. Develop strong negotiation skills: For some of us, negotiating can be a daunting and even intimidating task. Negotiating becomes more comfortable with practice but one key item can greatly help you. Planning is the key to a great negotiation. Research your purchase and make sure you are aware of key variables, historical prices, etc. For example, lets say you are buying a car. If you go in prepared, knowing the invoice price or the blue book value, you can stick to a number that you are willing to pay for the car, based on published values. Your negotiation becomes much easier now that you are armed with actual data to back up your offer price.

2. Focus on total cost: Everything has a cost. The time spent researching a product, the manner in which you procure a product, and many other variable factor into your total price paid. If you find an item you want but then drive hours to several different sellers to find the best price, you are essentially raising your total cost. Time spent, Gas, transportation costs, etc now become part of the equation. Be aware of these variables and control them. This brings us to the most important point, use technology to your advantage.

3. Using Technology: If you have frequent purchasing habits, or needs, try to automate with technology. Allow technology to streamline your research and help you make decisions. In addition, using the internet to make your purchases allows you to research deals and special offers in moments. Some sites online still offer free shipping. Before making your purchase, always factor in the shipping and handling costs. Be wary of merchants offering low prices but then making it back on high shipping costs. Compare Now and Start Shopping!

Sincerely,

Supply Brothers


Alternatives to Petroleum Based Products

June 28, 2010
Hoboken, NJ – June 28 2010 – This will be a 3 part series in reducing our use of Petroleum based products. Reasons to reduce our use of Petroleum are extensive. There are health, environmental, and political reasons. The spill in the Gulf has many people reexamining our dependency on oil.  Now there are certainly ways we can reduce our use of fuel, heating oil, gasoline, etc. This article will focus on additional ways we can reduce our use of Petroleum. We can reduce our use of Petroleum by first understanding common items that are made by Petroleum.
 
  • Plastics & Synthetic Rubber
  • Paint, paint thinners, lacquers, solvents, floor cleaners,
  • Petroleum (or paraffin) wax used in candy making, packaging, candles, crayons, matches, and polishes
  • Petroleum jelly – used in medical products and toiletries (lip gloss)
  • Polyester and other synthetic fibers.
  • Fertilizers, pesticides
  • Many more miscellaneous items such as hair spray, printing inks, asphalt

 1. Plastics and Synthetic Rubber: Today, there are many alternatives to utilizing these items.  Take plastic bags for example.  Many grocery and even clothing stores now sell reusable bags made from Corn or Hemp. Some local grocers also give discounts to people who bring their own bags.   

   

Even garbage bags have an eco friendly option. There are entire lines of disposable garbage bags that biodegrade. “EcoDegradable” bags now come in all sizes and strengths. (See here STOG2430W70)

 

Cutting down your use of plastic is even easier. Many manufacturers are using alternatives such as corn and vegetable plants in place of plastic! Take a look at these disposable knives, forks, and spoons, (ECOEPS001, ECOEPS002, ECOEPS003) all made from plant starch.    We also found disposable plates made from sugarcane (ECOEPP016, ECOEPP013, ECOEPP005, ECOEPBL12).   

 

PVC is one of the most widely used and potentially toxic forms of plastic.  Many manufacturers now make PVC free products. For example, both Avery and Wilson Jones make an entire line of PVC free binders and office products (AVE79699). 

 

2. Paint:  According to the EPA, indoor air is 3 times more polluted than the air outdoors. Much of this comes from the materials we use to build our homes and the paints and finishes we put on the walls. Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. Luckily for us, most manufacturers now make paints based from Natural products with less toxicity and even petroleum free alternatives.

    

Casein, a protein found in milk products is a fast-drying egg-based paint that has been in use for hundreds of years. Today, it is purchased in a dry and powdered form. The powder must be mixed with water and then used immediately (usually within hours to days) to prevent the paint from clumping. Milk, like clay, is intended as an interior paint and only comes in a matte finish.  

    

Another Alternative is Lime Wash. Limestone, a calcium-based mineral, is combined with water to form a natural paint. It can be used indoors or outdoors and forms a unique, glowing finish that comes in a variety of colors. Although 100% natural, limestone is corrosive to both eyes and skin, so wear gloves and goggles during application.  Ask your hardware store personnel for green friendly and petroleum free products the next time you shop for them.  

    

This concludes Part 1 of this article.  Join us for Part 2 (coming soon) of this article as we continue to explore ways to reduce our use of petroleum.