The ultimate mission of the Recycled Products Coop (RPC) is to provide affordable recycled office supplies to the Oberlin community at large, specifically Oberlin College students and other interested parties, thereby stimulating the larger market for recycled products manufacture and development, while at the same time creating a sustainable, at-cost product option for all economic classes of office supply users.


What we strive to do

RPC also seeks to educate the community about the environmental benefits of using recycled office supplies over less sustainable products. Although the Oberlin College Recycling Program already serves to educate the campus community about recycling in general, RPC seeks to focus specifically on recycled-content consumer products and will be accessible to a broader community base as a resource.

How we plan to do it

RPC seeks to use the power of bulk purchasing strategies to lower the cost of recycled products, thereby increasing their affordability and eliminating the elite stigmatism which has come to be associated with "green" lifestyles and purchasing decisions. Products are offered to consumers at cost, to maximize the economic incentives for consumers to buy recycled products. No profits are to be generated and incoming funds will be used to maintain operation and inventory stock. No individual members of the organization are to receive personal income from RPC sales. RPC acknowledges the values and principles of Oberlin College, as expressed in the Oberlin College Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures Handbook, the Preamble of the Constitution of the Association of Students of Oberlin College and the Oberlin Statement of Goals and Principles in the Preface to the Oberlin College Bulletin. In addition, RPC acknowledges the Preamble of the Student Financial Charter: to establish and outline the financial system of the Association of Students of Oberlin College. The system shall regulate and administer the collection and allocation of the Student Activity Fee; this fee being designed for the creation of social, cultural, religious and educational activities for students; for the improvement of student life, and to augment the general student welfare.

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