To our customers and friends,
As an owner of a company that specializes in selling environmentally preferable products, I sometimes find myself wondering if all the effort we are expending makes a difference. As part of our year end wrap up process, I took a look at what our best selling items were, and then thought about what benefits came from the use of our “green” products versus the more traditional alternatives. Are we making a difference? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Here are some of the surprising things I discovered:
RECYCLED TRASH BAGS: We sold approximately 71 TONS of recycled trash bags. Assuming an average of 50% Post Consumer Waste content (which is conservative), this means that 35.5 tons of used plastic was made into a new, very useful product instead of heading directly to a landfill. By weight, that is the equivalent of about 12 Chevy Suburbans! And recycled plastic requires 80% less petroleum to produce than virgin plastic–Another huge impact!
NON TOXIC CLEANING CHEMICALS: We sold about 30 TONS of cleaning solutions, none of which contained any petroleum based ingredients or contained any cancer causing ingredients. When you consider that virtually every cleaning solution that is used winds up in our waters, that is a HUGE environmental benefit. An additional benefit is that all the people that were exposed to our cleaners in their school or place of business are better off than if traditional petroleum based cleaners had been used.
RECYCLED JANITORIAL PAPER: We sold about 18 tons of recycled paper towels and toilet paper. No telling how many trees were spared the axe, but I bet it was a bunch!
PRINTER CARTRIDGES: The compatible printer cartridges we offer are remanufactured from spent OEM or “name brand” cartridges. By reusing these cartridges we kept about 1,500 pounds of plastic waste out of the landfill system, and saved our customers a lot of money in the process!
DOG WASTE BAGS: We sold about 3.5 TONS of dog waste bags this year, and expect to sell a lot more than that this year. At the risk of grossing you out, this means that about 1.75 MILLION piles of dog poop were properly disposed of rather than washing into our waterways. That is a massive environmental benefit, and think of how much happier the neighbors are!
The point of this exercise is to illustrate that when a lot of people take small steps to reduce their environmental impact, it can add up to a huge improvement overall.
We are grateful to our customers who see the value in the products we offer and who helped propel us to a record year in sales. We look forward to helping you reach your sustainability goals in 2014!