Print This Post: Here’s How Using Paper Actually GROWS Trees (and Supports Our Economy)

Did you know, the average American uses nearly six trees worth of paper each year? And have you ever received an email with a note at the bottom, asking you to consider saving paper or “save a tree”, by not printing the email?

Yes, forests are vital to humans, filtering the water we drink and the air we breathe. Yes, forests are home to half the world’s species of animals. And yes deforestation and forest destruction is the second leading cause of carbon pollution.

Fortunately, paper is NOT the enemy of trees! And here’s why:

1. Most US forestland is privately managed and depends on DEMAND to continue operating.

More than half the forest land in the United States is owned and managed by some 11 million private forest owners. They provide over 90 percent of our domestically-produced forest products and support 2.4 million jobs primarily in rural communities.

If landowners can’t earn a living from these forests, they will sell the land off and/or convert it to farms, ranches or real estate development. Demand for forest products — including paper — means there’s an economical reason to keep preserve commercial forests.

You can learn more about private forest land on the US Forest Service website.

Who owns America’s forests? Forest ownership in the conterminous United States circa 2014: Distribution of seven ownership types – geospatial dataset. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research Data Archive. Source: Hewes, J.H.; Butler, B.J.; Liknes, G.C. 2017.

2. Reputable manufacturers use materials from “responsibly managed forests”.

Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo and/or the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) logo on the paper products you buy to identify a product that uses responsibly sourced forest materials.

These certifications give consumers the option to choose forest products, like paper, that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable manner.

3. Paper is the most recycled material in the US, perhaps the world!

Everyday use of paper makes it a recyclable product that keeps on giving. In fact, over 66 percent of all paper products were recycled in 2015, with a goal of reaching 70 percent by 2020.

4. Forest owners actually grow trees faster than we can use them!

Increased demand has NOT depleted forests. The number of timberland acres has remained stable, increasing by about 3 percent. Total inventory has doubled because growth has outpaced harvests. There are more trees in America today than there were 100 years ago!

So maybe that email signature should read, “Need to print this? That’s ok. Paper is recyclable, and made primarily from renewable wood fiber resources. Please recycle this document when it completes its useful purpose.”

The Dirty Facts: Why Floor Mats Are an Essential Part of your Facility

Did you know that 80% of the dust, dirt and grime in public buildings are “tracked in” from the outside? Entrance floor mats are the primary defense against tracking in dirt and moisture. Here are the three things entrance and floor mats should do that make them important in your office:

1. Stop Dirt & Water at the Door and Store it for Removal

  • About 1 out of 5 of Americans are allergic to some component of dust. Dr. Robert Pumphrey, Washington D.C.
  • Dirt and dust cause nine out of ten computer systems failures. Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
  • A buildup of .042 inches of dust on a heating or cooling system can decrease efficiency by 21%. Environmental Protection Agency

2. Minimize the Tracking of Soil and Water into the Facility

  • 3M Company estimates that without entrance matting, 1500 people can remove 42% of the finish from the floor.
  • 42% of consumers, when asked “What’s the first thing you look at when judging cleanliness?“, responded with “Floors”. CDI Research, 1991
  • 91% of shoppers select a store because of its appearance. Progressive Grocer

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3. Provide a Safe Surface that is Slip Resistant and is not a Trip Hazard

  • Over 30% of worker injuries are slip-related. Wausau Insurance Company
  • The average cost of slip-related injury exceeds $12,000. Wausau Insurance Company
  • Falls are the second leading cause of accidental deaths and percentage-wise, it is growing 3 times faster than any other cause. National Safety Council
  • In the U.S. each year, an average of 7.75 claims per 1 million supermarket customers are filed due to slips and falls. Foodmarketing Institute

Bonus: Your floor mat can even be a promotional tool!

  • Put a logo at your entryway to reinforce your brand.
  • Create a strong visual impression for visitors.

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Let Perry Office Plus point you to the floor mat, anti-fatigue mat, wiper scraper indoor outdoor mat that’s right for your front door, interior or facility. Call us at (800) 234-6605 today! We have been helping customers in the Temple, Belton, Killeen, Waco, and Bryan College Station Texas areas for nearly 100 years.

Paper Towels: Why they Beat Air Dryers, Hands Down, for Your Office Restrooms

There’s a debate over “air dryers versus paper towels” and we’re here to help set the record straight. While air powered hand dryers might make sense in ultra-large-scale applications — where it isn’t feasible to replace paper towel rolls fast enough to accommodate the crowd — in everyday businesses, a paper towel is the CLEAR winner for three simple reasons:

  1. More sanitary & effective
  2. Less mess
  3. Happier users

1. Paper towels are more sanitary & effective than dryers

While hand dryers were designed to reduce waste and be more sanitary, many studies have shown they can actually INCREASE the amount of bacteria on users’ hands. The Mayo Clinic found “hot air” dryers dispersed bacteria from hands and air, to within a radius of about three feet. “Jet air” dryers pushed contamination to nearly six feet. With paper towels, no bacteria dispersal was found.

Because the air inside of a jet dryer is not sterile, and with blasts of warm air up to 400 miles per hour, the research suggests that bacteria can be blown around the room, from hands to other people and surfaces.

Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection. Most people who have used an air dryer in a restroom can attest to it as a less effective drying method.

The Mayo Clinic recommends paper towels for use in locations where “hygiene is paramount, such as in hospitals and clinics.” It adds that providing paper towels may improve hand hygiene adherence among healthcare workers.

Blowing contaminated water and air around a room isn’t a great way to get hands clean.

2. Paper towels actually create less mess.

You might think paper towels would be a bigger mess because, well, once that trash can is full, those things are just everywhere… right? But it comes down to the lesser of two evils.

On one hand, you may have stray paper towels that need picking up, bagging, and removal. But how about the water that’s left all over the restroom from users who either choose not to use a dryer, or don’t find it effective? Wet floors are a slip hazard for your business.

And worse, some people will even resort to using wads of toilet paper to dry their hands when a dryer is the only option… and that can create even further problems and a huge difference in costs.

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3. Paper towels give users a better experience.

It would seem that users have caught on to the above facts, since a Cintas survey in 2017 found that nearly seven in 10 U.S. adults prefer paper towels over air dryers in public restrooms. Of the reasons cited most often, respondents said paper towels dry hands better  (70%) and faster (69%), give something to open the restroom door with (52%), and that air dryers blow bacteria (24%) and are too loud (22%).

Imagine being a guest in your establishment. Whether it’s a restaurant or healthcare environment, where cleanliness is always top of mind, or an office building where you want to make staff and guests feel welcomed and comfortable, a paper towel will never offend or leave them dissatisfied. Image is everything and the presentation of your restroom speaks volumes about your organization.

If effectiveness and cleanliness don’t convince you, perhaps your users will. Paper towels are what the people want!

Shop the Perry Office Plus website for a wide variety of towels to suit your needs. And ask us about our dispenser program! Call for details (800) 234-6605 or reach out online at

Branded Cleaning Products that will Promote Your Business for the Next Six Months

Health & safety promotional products are statistically kept by the recipient for six months. That’s six months of brand exposure for your business while being associated with a helpful, healthful item. These items are appreciated by germaphobes, parents, busy travellers, and professionals of all ages.

Here are three categories of cleaning and hygiene products that make great imprinted gifts and giveaways.

Household Tools

From a useful dish or veggie scrubber, to a handy duster, household and kitchen cleaning tools are popular advertising. Farmers markets love these, and tech and security companies can show clients how they can “scrub” data or “clean up” a network.

We love this Frizzy Hand Duster for a fun gift in bright colors. It’s a fun promo for professional organizers or cleaning companies. Even an accountant can help you “dust off the books” for a clean tax season!

You can even bundle items together for a real impact. The Clean Up Kit comes with a duster, scrubber, apron, and tote bag — all with your logo printed on them.

Tech Cleaners

You’ve probably heard about the studies that show our cell phones and devices are filthy and covered in germs like E. coli, influenza, and MRSA. Help your prospects and customers keep germs at bay with a handy promotional tech tool, such as phone sanitizer spray. A perfect giveaway for health professionals, tech companies, or sales teams.

For quick wipes, a full-color microfiber cleaning cloth is a great way to make a splash — you can make yours a map, a calendar of events, or just a beautiful photo. For on-the-go types, get a cloth kept in a convenient key tag.

At the office, a keyboard brush can be a handy tool and a way to remind your customers you’ll help sweep away their problems.

For intense cleaning power, a UV phone sanitizer makes a great high-end gift for your heavy tech users. It makes the perfect thank-you gift for top clients, sales reps, and partners.

Personal Items

Promotional personal hygiene and cleaning items are handy tools for almost anyone in your audience. Health professionals, eye care providers, and even laundry services can use these giveaways!

A simple lens cleaner spray is unique and helpful. A stain remover pen is something people will keep at the office or in the car.

Hand soap sheets are perfect for camping, hiking, and travelling — they create suds when mixed with water, without the hassle of a liquid — perfect for frequent flyers!


Need more ideas for putting a polish on your next promotion or event? With thousands of items available, our Promotional Consultant can provide recommendations that meet your timeline, budget, and audience. Contact us today: (800) 234-6605 or

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5 Promotional Product Trends for 2018

Our marketing team recently attended the largest promotional products trade shows in the state of Texas, and returned with a ton of ideas, samples, and trends to watch.

Here are the 5 that stood out:

1. Everyday promotional items get a texture makeover.

From denim-wrapped journals, to quilted tote bags and ultra-soft T-shirts, texture is the name of the game this year. We even saw hats with the feel of a jersey T-shirt!


Jersey knit caps have a unique, soft texture.

Inexpensive non-woven totes get a makeover with debossing and quilted textures.

2. Customization helps create a one-of-a-kind gift.

Being able to add individual names to a variety of items gives a personal touch that’s great for new hires, customer gifts, and more.

A variety of items are available for individual customization for an extra personal touch!

3. All-over print and dye sublimation give products a splashy, retail look.

You can print nearly anything on almost any material these days. From flashy backpacks with an edge-to-edge design, to caps with printing on the underside of the bill… it’s all up to you how you want your promotional items to look!

4. Augmented reality makes your branding interactive.

Items like customizable temporary tattoos, paper coasters, and more are available to create a fun experience for recipients. Check out this video to see them come to life!


5. Trendy colors take over.

Jewel tones and neon colors in particular were noticeable across many types of products.


These are all exciting promotional product trends you can incorporate into your 2018 marketing and advertising. Promotional Consultant Debbie Yearwood can help you find just the right item or help you create a program that fits your needs and budget. Call or email today! (800) 234-6605 /

What’s the Big Deal about Glassboards?

You’ve probably heard about glassboards as an alternative to white boards, but what is all the fuss about? Here are some basics:

PROS of Glassboards

Durability: Glassboards are made from a tempered glass so it’s much stronger than regular glass.

Customization: Make your glassboard “blend” into the wall with a custom paint color, or personalize it with custom graphics.

Simple installation: It’s not complicated and not much different than that of a traditional white board. A white board typically has a frame of some sort, where a glassboard usually is ‘frameless’, creating a cleaner look.

Clean-ability and Long-Lasting: Glassboards are super easy to clean, thanks to their non-porous surface, meaning no marker can stain or “ghost” the board, no matter how often you use it. A quality glassboard can last for years and years, where a white board might have to be replaced pretty frequently if it’s used a lot.

CONS of Glassboards

Cost: Really the only downside of a glassboard versus a traditional white board is that they have a much higher cost. However, if the above points — durability, customization, easy installation, and being ridiculously easy to clean — are important to your application, the benefits far outweigh the extra cost.


The Perry Office Plus preferred glassboard vendor, Clarus, makes fantastic videos about their products, if you want to see more.


This is a great demonstration of how clean-able their glassboard is:


Watch how easy it is to install a Clarus glassboard:


And thanks to the non-porous surface, a glassboard is even CLEANER than a white board… The results of this test will shock healthcare professionals:

And finally, to really see what goes into a Clarus Glassboard, they’ve created this hilarious video to show their competitors how to make one on the cheap:

Contact our Furniture Team to get more information about a glassboard that suits your space: (800) 234-6605 or visit

Germ Alert! Your Co-Workers Might Not Call in Sick [infographic]

It’s not just parents making their kids go to school — Americans are also shuffling off to work with heavy heads and red noses. Click to zoom in on this somewhat disturbing set of statistics about your under-the-weather office mates.

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