The 'Vegan' Office


Purple is definitely the new green here at Smart Business Supplies as we embrace Veganuary and explore more ways to meet the demands for a greener, more planet friendly office. Here are our top tips to help step into the new year with a cleaner carbon footprint:

  1. The obvious one here is to switch off lights in spaces that are unoccupied or if natural light is sufficient, but surprisingly there are numerous other ways of reducing your energy consumption. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be a very effective energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day ("standby" settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once.

  2. The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital whenever possible. Keep files on computers instead of in cabinets and letter trays (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office). Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters.

  3. Of course few offices can go completely paperless so where possible look for recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching. Print on both sides of the page when appropriate and use misprints as notepaper.

  4. Pens and pencils can also be made of recycled materials, and refillable pens and markers are preferable to disposable ones. Use biodegradable soaps and recycled paper or cloth towels in the bathroom and kitchen, and provide biodegradable cleaners. Recycling printer cartridges is free, and recycled replacements are cheaper than new ones.

  5. Buy in bulk so that shipping and packaging waste are reduced, and reuse the shipping boxes where possible.

Thumbs up to Pudsey Bear!

Did you know…

1. Children in Need was first broadcast in 1980, when it was hosted by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawler, and Esther Rantzen. The inaugural event raised £1 million for charity.

2. The first ever Children in Need charity single was ‘Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)’, performed by Clannad. It only made it to number 80 in the charts.

3. Children in Need mascot Pudsey bear was created in 1985 by BBC graphic designer Joanna Ball. Pudsey is named after Joanna’s home town in West Yorkshire.

4. In 2009 Pudsey introduced his new ‘best friend’ Blush Bear to the public. Blush, complete with pink cheeks and dotty bow, was designed by the charity to attract more corporate partners.

5. Since the first major appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £972 million to help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

Chocolate Week

Back in 2016 Smart Business Supplies celebrated chocolate week by listing the top 10 chocolate bars within the office at that time, with very few members of staff from that time remaining we wondered how different the list would turn out this year………


2016                                                                    2018

1.    Double Decker                                             Kinder Bueno
2.    Kit Kat Chunky                                            Mars Bar                                     
3.    Maltesers                                                     Flake
4.    Minstrels                                                      Maltesers
5.    Cadburys fruit and nut                              Double Decker
6.    Toblerone                                                    Twix
7.    Galaxy Ripple                                               Lion Bar
8.    Crunchie                                                      Cadbury’s Caramel
9.    Snickers                                                        Toffee Crisp
10.   Mars Bar                                                     Picnic



We also asked the team for their favourite chocolate ‘Spin Off’s some of the things that were said are

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Souffle

Strawberries dipped in chocolate

Chocolate Spread

Do you agree with the Smart Teams chocolate choices?