Let’s Collaborate With USPS For Sustainable Practices
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Consider this post as a continuation from our previous post on “Holiday Elf at USPS & Holiday Alternatives“. Our USPS (United States Postal Service) has long been committed to various sustainable practices.
- Order eco-friendly packaging for shipments: In addition to having recyclable packaging, USPS offers eco-friendly packaging, meeting Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification standards. USPS also encourages packaging manufacturers to use the Cradle to Cradle certification standard (a life cycle assessment process for packaging). These practices help to extend the life of our precious natural resources and therefore reduce impacts on the environment. This means customers of USPS can send “greener” packaging across the country or around the world (and it doesn’t cost USPS customers any more). Order yours free from USPS online store HERE.
- Do more online: Almost everything you can do at the post office, you can do online. So, why not skip the trip and save your time and fuel cost. You may: a. print postage-paid shipping labels with Click-N-Ship; b. schedule a FREE package pickup (USPS is already on your street six days a week); c. buy stamps and order supplies online (they’ll be delivered with your mail); d. change your address HERE when moving; e. use USPS.com to put your mail on hold when going away.
- Buy stamps: USPS stamps are recyclable and its stamps adhesives are environmentally benign and recycling compatible. You may purchase these stamps online HERE.
- Ship green with USPS: USPS is already coming to your house/home 6 days a week, so it’s not an extra trip for USPS to take care of your package delivery. To learn more about USPS shipping services, please click HERE.
- USPS is also working on helping consumers to recycle used compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Sprint are using the mail to help customers return empty ink cartridges, cell phones, other wireless devices, old computers, and computer equipment.
Did you now that the wood and paper industry plants 1.7 million new trees every day (that’s over 650 million each year!)? Since 1987, U.S. forests have increased by 12 million acres up to 755 million nationwide (almost the same as 100 years ago). Did you know that USPS has the largest civilian fleet in the world–216,000 vehicles?
Recycle: The EPA (environmental protection agency) recognizes all mail as recyclable mixed paper waste, so be sure to add yours to the recycle bin when you’re done with it. Shipping material such as cardboard boxes (including shoe boxes) can be recycled in your local recycling program. Learn more about your local recycling programs HERE.
Reuse: I’d often reuse those shoe boxes as gift boxes and shred old direct mail and reuse these shredded mail as packing material to hold the gift inside of the shoe box. Think of different ways how you may reuse those boxes your ordered items from amazon (or other merchants) came in. Besides shredding and reusing old mail, you may also share magazines or catalogs with friends and family, or donate them to hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices for the waiting rooms, or to retirement communities, and to schools for use in art projects. For more ideas, please click HERE.
Reduce: Make sure you update your address when you move, so you will receive the mail you want and reduce waste. For change of address, please click HERE.
From packaging to postage, shipping to delivery, even recycling, the USPS can help you to save money while helping to save our environment. Please click Here to learn how.
~Let’s Help One Another~
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