Since day one of Filastruder, we have prided ourselves on being a company that is committed to limiting waste and giving back to the world. From this vision, we created three initiatives: Going Green, Giving Back, and Education. We have mentioned these initiatives before in newsletters, but we wanted to dive a little deeper to let you know how we are doing with each one. What follows will be a series of blogs -- one per initiative. Today, we are discussing Going Green.
Packing and Shipping
Our vision is to have as close to zero waste as possible in everything we do. We have taken several tangible steps to achieve this goal.
One of the first things we decided to do was reuse as much of our inbound packaging as we could, and we are excited to report 100% of all void fill packaging that leaves our facility is reused. Whether it’s styrofoam peanuts, air pouches or packing paper, we use all incoming void fill. We are also now able to reuse all the cardboard boxes we receive as well. About half of those are recycled and occasionally reused, but any box that can’t be used for shipping or storage is shredded and turned into void fill.
What all that means is we are able to ensure about 80% of our outbound packaging is comprised of reused materials. Just about the only thing that is not reused or recycled at Filastruder is packing tape and shipping labels. We’re still trying to figure out how to accomplish that one. We’ll keep you posted if we ever figure it out.
Here are some pictures of our packing materials:
We are also excited to announce we are officially 100% solar powered, using grid-tie roof mounted solar panel arrays. Going solar was something we talked about for awhile. It was one of the biggest ways we knew we could back up our talk of going green. It took more planning, research and patience than simply not wasting inbound materials. Truth be told, some of us weren’t sure we would really be able to make it happen, but once the panels went up and we started seeing them in action, we were all really excited to be solar powered.
For those interested in our set up, here’s what we’ve called the “nerd data:”
Below is a picture of some of the panels themselves:
Additionally, here is a look at our current carbon offset from the panels:
But we’re not done. We are constantly looking for new ways to continue going green. We are currently thinking through plastic recycling and carbon offsets for shipping. We’ll keep you posted on those. If you happen to have any thoughts on how we can do that, or any other ideas on how we can keep going green, feel free to slide into our DMs and let us know. Or, if you prefer, feel free to email your ideas to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!