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The Recycled Products Cooperative is a nonprofit buying / conservation cooperative that helps organizations and companies buy recycled paper at reduced cost, making it competitive with virgin paper supplies.

The Recycled Products Cooperative

Recycled paper represents less than 5% of the entire market for printing and writing paper. Historically, its higher price had prevented widespread use. Because of these issues and seeing the need to help improve this situation the Recycled Products Cooperative was created in 1999 with two goals in mind:

(1) To leverage purchasing power of members to reduce pricing, and
(2) To educate buyers on the importance of using recycled paper and other products.

The Co-op is committed to bringing about transformations within the marketplace which conserve trees and other natural resources.

Purchasing Products through the Cooperative- Going Beyond Paper The RPC started out and has primarily concentrated on selling recycled paper. We've had such a positive response that we decided it was time to expand the Co-op into "other" recycled products. There are thousands of recycled and remanufactured products available—each one representing an environmental savings, and we've included over 3,000 of them in the RPC online store! Our online store is helping us expand our product and member bases by offering recycled content office supplies as well as recycled paper in small quantities. The online purchasing process is easy. Potential members ordering 10 cases of recycled paper at a time, and organizations considering bulk orders of other products should contact the Co-op in order to receive information on discounted pricing.

Recycled Office Products Sourcing

The majority of Co-op members switched to buying recycled paper and recycled office products through the RPC. They come from the public and private sectors and include: public schools, banks, service providers, retailers, manufacturers, hospitals, cities, counties, universities, non-profits and more.

The Solana Center is a non-profit organization based in Encinitas, California. For 23 years the Solana Center has been a leader in addressing and finding creative solutions to many of the environmental challenges both locally and globally. To find out more about the Solana Center and its other programs, visit

The Recycled Products Store is at:

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Recycled Office Products Co-op
Phone: 800-694-8355
Fax: 800-694-8344
137 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, California 92024

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