World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report

The report says “humanity will be using resources and land at the rate of two planets each year by 2030, and just over 2.8 planets each year by 2050.”

Cintas Corporation’s Paper Shredding Program Eclipses Earth Day Goals

paper recycling bale

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I’d like to see more of these types of shredding programs from Cintas Corporation.

Not only are they instrumental in protecting our privacy, they have the capability of being a community catalyst for sustainable practices. The education element alone could open the eyes of many a skeptic.

Take a look at these figures:

Cintas Corporation today announced it exceeded its goal of shredding 400 tons of paper in April by +55% percent, shredding a total of 618 tons of material through sponsored community shred events. Through these Cintas-powered events, the total amount of recycled material saved 10,506 trees, 1,854 cubic yards of landfill space, 2,427,000 kilowatts of energy, 1,236 barrels of oil and 4,326,000 gallons of water.


When we get to Austin, I’d like to get Cintas to sponsor a similar effort for some of the businesses around our neighborhood in Zilker. I bet there’s plenty of companies that would also donate used electronics or office equipment to combat eWaste abuse.

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Cardboard Box That Fits Anything

One of the latest iterations around efficient packaging was bouncing around the web recently. According to FastCompany, Patrick Sung’s Universal Packaging System has triangle patterns that adapt to the unique size of an “oddly” shaped object. Brilliant.


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UPS Leading The Charge On Efficient Packaging

United Parcel Service, Inc.

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I ran across this a few days back from UPS. They’ve started an earth-friendly packaging program encouraging efficiency and conservation.

Through its Eco Responsible Packaging Program, a new contractually based service the company is calling the first of its kind, UPS will evaluate a customer’s shipment packaging processes in three key areas — damage prevention, right-sizing and packaging materials.

I haven’t researched whether any of other logistics companies have similar programs, but it appears UPS is taking the lead so far. Like Wal-Mart and IBM, they have a chance to carry the torch and set some standards. Bravo.


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