Green Mail Delivery Saves Postal Service Millions

Green Schools For A Brighter Future

Naturally Green Kitty Litter

HABA Goes Green With Toys For Tots

Cardboard Bottle Wins "Greener Package Award"

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Green Mail Delivery Saves
Postal Service Millions

Alternative Fuel Use Increases 133 Percent

Delivering more than 40 percent of the world’s mail and reaching every business and residential address in America six days a week requires the dependable, ubiquitous vehicle fleet of the U.S. Postal Service. The world’s largest civilian fleet delivers more than 167 billion pieces of mail to more than 150 million addresses, along 230,000 routes, logging 4 million miles a day, with 215,000 postal vehicles, of which more than 44,000 are alternative fuel-capable.

“The Postal Service’s fleet of alternative fuel-capable vehicles is the nation’s largest green fleet, and uses a variety of alternative fuels including electricity, ethanol, compressed natural gas, liquid propane and bio-diesel,” said Dean Granholm, vice president, Delivery and Post Office Operations. “These vehicles allow us to deliver mail in a more environmentally responsible way.”

From fiscal year (FY) 2009 to FY 2010, USPS replaced nearly 6,600 older gasoline-powered vehicles with more fuel-efficient vehicles and increased use of alternative fuels in postal vehicles to 2.2 million gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE), a 9-percent increase.

“Green mail delivery methods helped the Postal Service increase alternative fuel use 133 percent from an FY 2005 baseline, well ahead of the goal of 10 percent by 2015,” said Thomas Day, chief sustainability officer. “The Postal Service has a long, proud tradition of testing and using more efficient methods of transportation, including the first electric delivery vehicle, in 1899. It’s all part of the Postal Service’s leaner, greener, smarter, faster sustainability call to action.”

A Fleet of Feet and Bicycles Help Keep Fuel Use and Costs Down

As suggested by the recently issued Choose to Walk and Ride a Bike Go Green Forever stamps, USPS delivers mail using nearly 9,000 “fleet of feet” walking routes and nearly 70 bicycle routes. Add to that 31 propane vehicles, 30 electric step vans, 13 three-wheeled electric vehicles, 5 electric long-life vehicles (LLVs) and 10 mules on one contracted mail delivery route in the Grand Canyon, and these green mail delivery methods help USPS avoid the use of nearly 18,000 gallons of petroleum fuel each day. With 303 delivery days a year, green mail delivery helps USPS avoid using nearly 5.5 million gallons of petroleum fuel per year, which adds up to millions in savings.

The Postal Service joined forces with the National Environmental Education Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the spring issuance of the Go Green Forever stamps.

“The Go Green Forever stamps reflect the Foundation’s commitment to minimize our ecological footprint, while also encouraging everyone to learn about the environment and how our daily lives can affect it,” said Diane Wood, president, National Environmental Education Foundation. “Many of our staff members walk or bike to work, and we also offer opportunities for the public to get active and be outdoors. We are excited about the Go Green Forever stamps which help raise awareness about our environment.”

Details of USPS fuel savings results can be found in the FY 2010 Annual Sustainability Report. For additional information about USPS sustainability initiatives and the Go Green Forever stamps, visit usps.com/green and the Green Newsroom.

USPS has won more than 75 environmental awards, including 40 White House Closing the Circle, 10 Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Partner of the Year, Climate Action Champion, Direct Marketing Association Green Echo awards, Postal Technology International Environmental Achievement of the Year and Climate Registry Gold Status Recognition.

USPS participates in the International Post Corporation’s Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System, the global postal industry’s program to reduce its carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 based on an FY 2008 baseline. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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GREEN SCHOOLS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Win a $65,000 Green School Makeover—Enter by 9/30/11

Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, healthy, free of harmful toxins and optimal for learning. Unfortunately, many schools across the country are subjecting children to unhealthy classrooms with poor lighting and inefficient energy usage, which costs most schools more money than they spend on books and computers. Global Green USA is working to change this by helping to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthier, greener school. You can help a school in your area by nominating it for a Green School Makeover.

Why Green Schools?

When a school goes green, children benefit – as well as the environment! Green schools lead to:

Improved Student Performance: When children learn in classrooms with natural daylight, improved sound quality and non-toxic paints, test scores can improve as much as 25%. Attendance also improves!

More Funds For Student Resources: When a school is “greened,” water and energy costs can be reduced by as much as 40%. These funds can be channeled back into resources that directly benefit students, such as textbooks, computers and other essentials.

Reduced carbon footprint: Greening a school significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming, which affects us all.

A Few Ideas for Your School:

  • Green school programs can include:
  • Create a recycling program
  • Healthy, organic or local food in school cafeteria
  • Conduct an “energy audit” to determine ways energy can be saved
  • Install energy-efficient light bulbs and solar shades to improve natural daylighting of classrooms
  • Switch to green cleaning products Replacing outdated or unsafe paints and carpets with new, non-toxic ones
  • Outdoor garden

Nominate A School in Your Area for a Green Makeover. Here’s how:

Step 1: Visit GreenSchools.Pureology.com

Step 2: Work with your school principal or school facilities administrator to complete the application.

Make sure to:

  • Think about the types of green upgrades your school needs, and why
  • Submit your application anytime between March 1 and September 30, 2011
  • Allow 6 weeks from the start of the application to completion

The contest is sponsored by Global Green USA and Pureology. For more information, rules, and application, visit: http://pureology.com/greenschools

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Naturally Green Kitty Litter
All-natural Purr & Simple™ delivers environmentally friendly function for the eco-conscious kitty

Founded in 1995, Eco-Shell Inc. had a vision of utilizing agricultural by-products to supply environmentally friendly products to a variety of industries. The family owned and operated farming operation continues to grow and is now on its third generation, supplying thousands of tons of green products domestically and internationally. Their reputation of "Quality & Customer Service" remains unmatched in the industry thanks to their regular product testing and evaluations for more innovative, green products. This constant search for a better way to do things has resulted in their latest discovery, Purr & Simple.

In recent years kitty and his litter have gotten a bum rap. But as the green movement grows, pet parents are becoming more conscious of the effect their pet purchases have on the environment. Leading the pack of green pet product options is Purr & Simple All-Natural Cat Litter. Founded on the mission to re-use, recycle and replenish, Purr & Simple focuses on utilizing simple, natural ingredients that come from the earth and can be safely returned to the earth. They even maintain a low carbon paw print by utilizing locally grown tree-nut shells, a by-product, to make the greenest litter possible.

Eco-Shell, the makers of Purr & Simple, proudly selected the tree-nut shell as their primary ingredient for it's reputation as a renewable resource. And to make sure they do their part to restore the tree-nut shell supply, Purr & Simple's team helps to plant new crops. When broken-down, the fibrous product provides twice the odor control, half the dust for minimal tracking and is 100% biodegradable. Who said kitty litter can't care? Purr & Simple's all-natural cat litter is made with kitty, consumer and the earth in mind.

And to protect the environment as well as feline community's health, Purr & Simple doesn't contain any sodium bentonite or other synthetic ingredients like silica-bases. Purr & Simple remains loyal to their grassroots formulation and is even non-food compost friendly, purr-fect for fertilizing neighboring trees, shrubs and flowers. Now that's a victory garden!

Find this eco-kitty litter by visiting Purr & Simple's store locator at www.purrandsimple.com/storelocator and shop their 8lb to 40lb varieties of the Pellet Formula and the new Kwik-Klump Formula. Retail prices start as low as $6.99 for the original Pellet Formula and $9.49 for the Kwik-Klump Formula. You can find out more about their natural initiative on their Facebook page and get the scoop on eco-friendly, Purr & Simple All-Natural Cat Litter. More information is available at www.purrandsimple.com.

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HABA Goes Green With
Toys for Tiny Tots

Babies aren’t discriminating when it comes to playthings. Whatever you put in front of them, they’ll probably goo-goo and gaa-gaa over. Parents, however, are more discriminating. They want the best for their babies. The latest products in HABA’s organic Pure Nature line are an easy choice for parents because they’re soft, snuggly, totally adorable and made of organic cotton that is completely washable.

The products in the Pure Nature line are made using high-quality organic cotton and washable Oeko-Tex Standard 100 polyester fillings. HABA first introduced the line in 2010 and is adding eight new products for late 2011.

Clutching Figures Bob Burrow, Lisa Long-ears and Freddie Frog
Adorable animal-shaped clutching toys are the perfect shape for babies to grasp and hold onto. Available in three pastel animal styles: Bird, Bunny and Frog. Ages 6 months+. $8 each

Musical Benji Bunny and Pudgie Puppy
A comfy pal and a soothing melody is the perfect combination to lull baby to sleep. Pull the string to play a child-favorite bedtime tune: Benji Bunny plays “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” and Pudgie Puppy plays “Hush Little Baby.” Each floppy animal stands approx. 8” tall and has a waterproof music box inside. Ages newborn+. $29 each

Mobile Little Friends
Two smiling Pure Nature animals look after baby as he drifts to sleep. Mobile plays “Au Clair De La Lune” as the two plush figures rotate slowly above baby. As a bonus, the Lisa Long-ears and Bob Burrow figures detach and reattach using strong cloth-covered magnets. The pastel greens, pinks and blues fit nicely with most nursery décor. Ages newborn+. $40 each

Guardian Angels Toni or Tine
The plush Guardian Angels Toni and Tine will watch over baby from birth to adulthood. Because they’re washable, the Guardian Angels stand up to the test of time, spit-up, dirt and ketchup! Both winged plush feature soft fabric accents and adorable smiling faces. Ages newborn+. $25 each

All visible fabric and threads in HABA’s Pure Nature line are made with the highest quality organic cotton that comes from controlled, organic farmers. The fabrics are produced in accordance with the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), which ensure safety not just for children but also for the environment.

Products are filled with an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 tested polyester filling. HABA chose this material over organic materials because stuffing made from organic materials because when organic materials are washed and not dried appropriately can get moldy and lumpy if introduced to water. The polyester fill in the Pure Nature line will last for generations, and is still an eco-friendly alternative to other fills on the market.

The Pure Nature products, like all HABA products, are tested by an independent CPSC accredited laboratory in Germany. Tests go above and beyond the required standards to ensure the highest possible quality.

HABA products can be found nationwide at over 1,000 U.S. specialty retail stores and in specialty catalogs and websites. Many of its products have been recognized with German and American awards including Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Center, Creative Child, Dr. Toy, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio and Parents’ Guide. HABA received Best Toys of the Year recognition from the TODAY Show Toy Test and has been featured in national magazines such as American Baby, Baby Talk, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, Parents and Working Mother.

For more details, visit HABA’s informational website at www.HABAusa.com.

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Cardboard Bottle Wins
"Greener Package Award"

The Greener Package Awards, which honor the top innovations in sustainable packaging, has recognized Oakland’s Ecologic Brands with its 2011 Environmental Impact Award. According to Greener Package, this year’s honors were bestowed exclusively to products that made quantifiable improvements in sustainable packaging that could be substantiated. Ecologic’s award was given in the Non FDA-regulated Products category.

Ecologic Brands’ new cardboard bottle was first introduced in March 2011 with the launch of Seventh Generation’s new Natural 4x Laundry Detergent. The detergent has cleaned up on store shelves, and is now the third best-selling laundry detergent in its category of 150 SKUs.

The bottle’s innovation comes from combining a molded-paper outer shell made from 70% recycled old cardboard boxes and 30% old newspapers. It has been certified by Soil Control Labs to be compostable per ASTM 6868 standards. Additionally, its thin interior liner uses up to 75% less plastic than other rigid plastic containers.

The package also offers greater carbon savings because its outer shells are tightly nested and transported flat. One truckload of Ecologic Brands’ packaging materials is equivalent in volume to up to nine truckloads of rigid plastic containers.

Company Founder and CEO Julie Corbett says, “It took three years to create an entirely new bottle that would make real environmental change. Seventh Generation was the perfect partner to make this bottle a reality. Creating change is always challenging, but this prestigious award affirms that this is the future of packaging.”

Says Greener Package Awards judge Jack DiMartino of Stonyfield Farms, "I love everything about this project; the amount of thought and consideration for its consumers and the environment puts Seventh Generation on a different level for sustainable packaging."

Ecologic is working with many large brands to create custom bottles for liquids, dry ingredients, consumables, and non-consumable product categories.

Since its introduction, Ecologic Brands has racked up a number of innovation awards, including the San Francisco Business Times Cleantech Sustainable Awards 2011, "Best Sustainable Product", The International Business Forum’s The Social Impact Award for 2011, and was finalist in the PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute), “Package of the Future” Competition in 2010.

Ecologic Brands' innovative new bottles are an eco-sensitive alternative to plastic jugs and non-recyclable containers. The Oakland, California-based company's goal is to finally give consumers and brands a sustainable choice in the packaging of everyday liquid products like detergent, household cleaners, milk and juice. Ecologic's hybrid bottle combines a rigid outer shell made from recycled cardboard and newspaper, with a lightweight inner pouch. The result is an outer shell that can be recycled with paper or composted, and a #4 pouch that can be recycled and uses less plastic. See the future of packaging at www.ecologicbrands.com.

For information about the Greener Package Awards, visit: www.greenerpackage.com/awards

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