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Yellow Pages, not so green.

Yellow Pages, not so green.

If you're like me, you have a huge pile of phone books sitting on a bookshelf because you don't know what to do with them.... read more

Companies Seek To Reduce Packaging

Some of the most obvious and low hanging fruit for companies going green is package design.  The reason is simply a push and pull dynamic.  The public right now is pushing for more eco-conscious design and corporate responsibility in relationship to sustainability.  At the same time a rise in raw material, energy, manufacturing and transportation costs are pulling the companies bottom line down.  So, why not simply cut costs and appear more green?

Well, we here at do not really care too much about the reasoning, but do care about actual results and not mere green washing.  This is what you get when you reduce packaging so we are all for this new corporate practice.  So, let's support those companies reducing packaging.


Microsoft reduced their packaging for their latest Windows update, Windows 7, by focusing on three simple elements: simple clean design, easy to open, and reduce waste.  The official company blog reports that new case protecting is lighter and recyclable. The packaging has a 37% weight reduction and the econometrics score has improved by 50% over it’s predecessor.

Microsoft Reduces Packaging


Manufactuers of power saving plug in devices that tackle the problem of standby power have redesigned their packaging.  The packaging is designed by a leading European design firm, is restriction of hazardous substance directive (RoHS) compliant, and is optimized for retail display.  The packaging will also reduce the amount of plastic used.



Walmart, the leading retail giant of the world, is developing sustainable solutions to product packaging. The huge company is seeking to reduce packaging by 5 perent globally by 2013, eliminate PVC from private brand packaging and become packaging neutral globally by 2025.  This is probably the most significant effort since Walmart can have an effect on their 66,000 suppliers.

These are just three companies and I know there are so much more.  So please help complete this post and comment below with more companies reducing packaging.... read more

United States Postal Service Greens Fleet

The United States Postal Service is taking the retirement of more than 6,500 traditional vehicles to further green their fleet, while also consolidating their vehicles.  In place of these traditional vehicles will be 1,000 E-85 ethanol-capable and 900 gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles.  These delivery fleet vehicles will be purchased by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Other vehicles being purchased in fleet replacement by the GSA will be fuel-efficient, four-cylinder vehicles.

This effort by the USPS is in line with a a greater strategy of greening the delivery of mail.  For example, since 2006 alternative fuel use has increased 41 percent.  The USPS also hopes to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent in the next five years.  In reality, it has been well known that the USPS is an advocate of environmental reforms.  The USPS has been the recipient of 70 major environmental awards, including 40 White House Closing the Circle awards for environmental stewardship and the 2009 Climate Change Champion of the Year Award for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... read more

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