BeGreenMinded

Green holiday shipping

The holidays are officially upon us, and many of us will be shipping some of our holiday presents. And even the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been getting in on the green movement!

The USPS has a Cradle to Cradle Certification for the environmentally friendly design of its stamps, Priority Mail and Express Mail supplies, as well as many of its ReadyPost products.

The Postal Service also has 43,000  alternative fuel-capable vehicles, including 3-wheeled electric vehicles with zero gas emissions that cost 2 cents per mile. They haven’t my area yet, but I know my 3-year-old would love to see that puttering around our street.

USPS has secure recycle bins in more than 10,000 of its lobbies. This makes it very easy for people with P.O. boxes to recycle their junk mail. Last year the post office helped keep 56,000 tons of paper out of landfills last year. 

I’ve always shipped with the post office for the convenience, but it’s cool to know about their green shipping practices.

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