Can A Paper Shredder Really Be Carbon Neutral? Perhaps

When you think ‘carbon neutral,’ Costco is likely not the first name that comes to mind. The ultra-big box retailer is, however, offering a special promotion on what is presumed to be the world’s first carbon-neutral paper shredder, the GoECOLife 8-Sheet Diamond-Cut Shredder.

Yes, a carbon-neutral paper shredder? No, it’s not run on solar or made out of bamboo or anything. But this shredder does seem to come with a pretty legit pedigree, as it’s earned’s CarbonFree Certified Label, the world‘s leading carbon neutral product label, according to a release.


image via Costco

The GoECOlife shredder first gets carbon points for energy efficiency and elimination of vampire power when not in use. Beyond that, it went through a rigorous life-cycle assessment performed by WSP Group to determine its the carbon footprint, during both manufacture and regular use. GoECOlife then worked with third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects through to offset it’s remaining carbon footprint. $59.99 (online only) from Costco (after $20 rebate.)

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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  • Reply February 4, 2010


    Thank you for your acknowledgement of the strength of’s CarbonFree Label. We strove to create a transparent and credible label to help consumers make educated decisions about the climate impact of the products they buy. The CarbonFree certification means that a product has gone through a rigorous assessment of its carbon footprint and that the footprint is neutralized through internal and external reductions. We invite you to visit our main page describing the program to learn more:

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