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Welcome to 4Supplies

 

Good to see you and welcome from all of us here at 4R Office Supplies.

 

As many of you will know, starting and running your own business requires a certain amount of resilience. That steep learning curve can feel more like a continual loop at times so we want to help.

 

We hope you share our values and decide to make a difference by making 4R Office Supplies your first choice for business supplies and services.

 

Here’s a little background to me and the business.

 

Thanks for visiting 4R Office Supplies & we hope to see you again soon.

Paul 

 


 

Before 4R

 

In 1997 I started what became more than 10 years working for a UK paper mill group who had just built a recycled fibre plant in Kent and this happy coincidence sparked my interest in sustainability.

 

As part of a small sales and marketing team we developed the market for our recycled brands Evolve & Ep4. We did OK.

 

Sales of recycled papers reached about 75,000 tonnes a year in the UK & it was made from fibres recovered from up to 180,000 tonnes a year of waste paper diverted from UK landfill. It felt like we were doing something positive.

 

My role involved liaising with businesses who were looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. What became clear to me from that period is that although profit was critical to these forward thinking businesses they also appreciated that to achieve long term success they needed to consider their impact on people and the planet.

 

Our Finnish owners got themselves into a right financial mess & tragically the mill & recycled fibre plant were sold which ultimately led to the demise of Evolve & Ep4. During one of the many waves of redundancies I left & 4R was born.

 


 

4R

 

4R aims to make it easier for UK businesses to manage their carbon footprint while potentially reducing their overall business costs. 

 

4R Office, our first venture has morphed into 4R Supplies to better reflect the broadening range of products we offer to every sole trader, partnership or company in the UK at prices normally reserved for corporates.  

 

  • We lead with competitively priced eco & ethical products
  • We make products and services normally reserved for corporates available to all UK businesses
  • We donate 2% of the value of sales to Pump Aid www.pumpaid.org 
  • We favour UK made products where possible


 

What does 4R stand for?

 

Reduce   

Reducing consumption is a fundamental principle in the fight against waste, landfill, use of fossil fuels and the resulting release of greenhouse gases in the form of methane and CO2.

 

The objective is to strive for a continual reduction in the size of our individual & collective carbon footprints.

 

Reuse 

If a product can be used again, either for its original purpose or for something different, then its useful life has been extended.

 

Recycle

Most products that have reached the end of their useful life can be recycled. These products provide the raw materials for recycling facilities and without a constant source of waste materials recycling is impossible.

 

Reorder

There are sustainable alternatives for many everyday consumer goods. Without demand for these products a key element supporting sustainability is missing. 

 


 

For Our Future

 

So there you have it. We hope you feel we have something in common with you and that with a bit of co-operation and mutual support we can make a positive difference and safeguard the environment for our future and generations to come. 

 

As a member of The Federation of Small Businesses (number 2133168) we recognise the collective power of a group with a common cause.

 


 

What do you know about your current stationery supplier? Find out here.

 

4R Environmental Policy

 


 

Together we can make a difference

 


 

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