The United States Postal Service is striving to make more eco-friendly decisions to help customers. USPS has everything from eco-friendly products and services, to ideas for recycling and ways to help marketeers create greener advertising. Now with their recent innovations, almost anything that can be done in the post office can be done online. Customers can now order packaging and shipping materials online through their green site, which charges to shipping. Nearly half a billion Priority Mail and Express Mail packages and envelopes now meet higher environmental standards, along with nearly 15,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions eliminated every year. Along with that the postal service also recycles more than one million tons of paper, plastic and other materials a year. The post office buildings are also being upgraded so that they can reduce energy by as much as 30 percent by 2015.
Since November 2007, Mannatech has been using recycled corrugated boxes, which has led to saving an estimated 4,000 trees, 980,000 gallons of fresh water, 735,000 kilowatt hours of energy and 610 cubic yards of landfill space. All of these resources would have been used to make non-recycled boxing. Mannatech uses more than twenty tons of packaging monthly by sending products throughout North America. In addition to its recycled corrugated boxes, Mannatech has also replaced its non-biodegradable plastic packaging cushions with paper packing materials made from post-consumer fiber. In their distribution center, Mannatech has replaced the metal halide lighting with 110 lamp fixtures which burn with new florescent technology that uses half the wattage. Also in the warehouses, Mannatech has installed new systems which regulate lighting, heating, and air conditioning in an effort to reduce waste. All of these changes have decreased Mannatech’s energy costs by approximately nine percent.
Jason’s Deli is committed to go green, and has recently opened its first Solar Deli in Beaumont. This is the first of 170 deli restaurants which are to be powered in part by solar energy, with more locations planned in the future. Jason’s new Solar Deli will generate approximately 6,900 kilowatts of power per year for the Beaumont location. This equals approximately 13,100 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to eliminating a days worth of carbon dioxide emissions from 400 cars. They have also opened their second solar powered store in South Austin which generates 7,500 kilowatts of power a year.
eBay announced its opening of a environmentally friendly building on its North Campus in San Jose. The building is the first of its kind to be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold construction standards for new construction which is the second highest rating a building can receive. eBay’s investment in its new green building is a reflection of its commitment to offer more ways for employees to incorporate green practices into their everyday lives. Follow eBay, SolarCity which provides solar panels for many new age buildings, has offered employees a discount for installing solar panels in their homes. Along with this eBay’s employees are also offered a carbon offsetting program which allows employees to measure their carbon footprint and purchase offsets to balance their impact. Being green is part of eBay’s DNA, because their original concept was built with an engine to reuse goods that everyday consumers use to have an impact on the environment. Since their company was launched, eBay has translated an estimated $100 billion in goods which were reused instead of being thrown in landfills. eBay has also incorporated workstations and furniture throughout their buildings which are “Greenguard” certified which means they emit a low number of particles to keep air cleaner.
JHG-Townsend has recently implemented a green program which helps employees save on gas and also many other environmental problems which seem to occur regularly. Retail gas prices are up approximately 10 percent from a month ago, and up nearly 20 percent in the past year. By introducing Virtual Friday’s JHG-Townsend the employees will be saving approximately 30 gallons of gas per week. Also, 420 gallons of gas throughout the entire summer. Along with that, 3.64 Metric tons of carbon dioxide will be saved by this new program of Virtual Fridays. JHG-Townsend’s chief strategy officer Elizabeth Estes-Cooper stated, “We know this is the right thing to do and now is the time to incorporate the power of technology and create a virtual workforce for the greater cause. If 10 San Diego companies of our size followed suit, we will save 4,200 gallons of gas this summer alone.” Townsend is also utilizing new technologies which have recently come into play. Townsend’s employees will now use tools such as WebEx, Skype, social networks to stay more connected. She also added, “Given that demographics have now caught up with technologies, as a new media agency we can practice what we preach, while making sure we continue to focus on excellent client service.”
Timberland has recently changed its ways and in an effort to reduce its energy demand and their contribution to global warming, they have stated that LED lighting will be replacing less efficient incandescent spotlights in 70 percent of its North American stores by the end of the year. Timberland expects to shrink its carbon footprint in United States stores by at least another 11 percent. Timberland has also introduced new clothing lines like the Earth keeper boots which are made from recycled materials and are also built to be recyclable as well. The Earth keeper boots are made from materials such as recycled rubber which is from tires. They have even gone as far as to put equivalent nutritional labels on their shoes and clothing to tell customers what the products are made from and what is inside.
Staples is a well known retailer that has drastically improved its performance by going green. They have saved $4.2 million on its bottom line by switching from three-amp to two-amp light bulbs. This is just one of the tasks that have been put at hand by the finance chiefs at Staples. Along the lines of saving money, Staples has also saved 540,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year by modifying their trucks to not be able to go over 60 miles per hour. This has saved them approximately $1.5 million in the recent year just because of the switch over from the old trucks. Besides switching the old trucks over, Staples has also installed twenty four rooftop solar panels. This new improvement for their stores was installed for virtually no capital, because of tax credits given to Staples. Staples also has a couple recycling programs. They most recently announced its recycling program for printers as part of its Earth Day celebrations and promotions. They have also gone as far as to offer rewards for customers who recycle their ink and toner cartridges. Staples also has recently began to sell recycled paper products and Staples brand coffee furniture which is made mostly from recycled steel. Their binders and organizers are all made of recycled plastic.