Recycling The Office Walls And All

As the keeper of any office-supply closet can tell you, the workplace is a very wasteful environment. But now, as America prepares to celebrate the 23rd Earth Day, on Apr. 22, businesses are discovering that the three Rs--recycling, reusing, and reducing--apply to a lot more than copy paper and cans from the vending machine. "It has gone from a feel-good issue to a bottom-line issue," says Joel Makower, publisher of the monthly Green Business Letter (800 955-4733; $97 a year) and author of The E Factor: The Bottom-line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business. "If you minimize waste and maximize resource efficiency, you can't help but improve profitability," he adds.

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