Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.

I looked into two different companies to see what kind of environmental practices they used. The first was Tom’s of Maine, an eco-friendly cosmetic company. They start within their farms and factories using organic farming methods and 100% wind energy. They even take it a step farther recycling the cardboard shipping boxes, utilizing energy efficient lighting, They end up recycling about 300,000 pounds of aluminum, paper, and cardboard a year! Depending on which product the packaging is 100% post consumer recycled paper, recyclable, and the ink has a vegetable base. In addition to all their environmental practices Tom’s also does not test on animals, 10% volunteering and  known source of all ingredients. Wow. What a company. You can even buy their products at Kroger’s!

The second company was Hart Graphic based in Knoxville. They subscribes to the Rain Forest Alliance, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Forest Steward Council, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes. All of these initiatives help reduce and reuse and recycle the waste in print shops. They also ensure the sustainability of our national and international forests by means of replanting with strict cutting guidelines. Because this firm is so close I encourage you to utilize their products.

I decided to gander at the paper aisle while I was in target and I was surprised to see how many paper companies are gearing their products toward eco-friendly customers. Every brand in some way was trying to preserve the environment, whether it be sustainable forestry or post consumer recycling. I was pretty proud, although I know they could be doing even more; there were no soy inks.


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