United States Postal Service (USPS): An amazing & environmentally conscious Detroit treasure
Searching for a great place that sends letters, postcards, and packages while encouraging environmentally friendly practices at the same time? Then our United States Postal Service (USPS) is definitely the place for you!
The USPS has a wonderfully organized website which explains several of the environmentally positive activities that they are involved in every single day. Some of the examples, which I have decided to basically quote directly from their great website, include the following:
-“USPS is the first federal agency to publicly report its greenhouse gas emissions and received third party results verification!
– They use water based inks to print stamps.
– Because of The Postal Service, about 220,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans, plastics, and other materials were recycled through nationwide recycling and waste prevention programs.
– When you ship with or order items online using the United States Postal Service the carbon foot print is less because USPS already delivers mail items to our homes and business 6 days a week, therefore it is not an “extra” trip to deliver the packages!!
– The United States Postal Service purchases more than
$200 million worth of products containing recycled content each year. (Ex: Many of the containers, stamped envelopes, post cards, stamp booklet covers, and packaging materials they provide have the recycled content.)
– United States Postal Service has been using the green technology of electric vehicles for over a hundred years!!! The Postal Service has the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the nation and over 43,000 of them are alternative-fuel capable. This helps generate demand for alternative fuels nationwide! Some of their technology efforts include advanced diesel vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and electric vans which are recognized by the EPA as zero emission vehicles!!!!
– The USPS has reduced our carbon footprint by providing the capabilities to do almost everything through their online applications. This allows us to avoid extra car trips to the post office which saves fuel and time. For example, we can print postage paid shipping labels, schedule a free package pick up (Remember this is not an extra trip for our United States Postal Service!), buy stamps and order supplies that are delivered with your mail, change your address on line when you move, put mail “on hold” in case you go on a trip etc.
– Note: GM and the Postal Service worked together to test the GM HydroGen3 fuel cell minivan for deliveries making them the first to commercially use a fuel cell vehicle in the nation!!
– They have been upgrading their buildings to reduce energy use. They increase facility sustainability with features like high efficiency lighting and HVAC, recycled building materials, native landscaping, low water usage fixtures, and low VOC materials.
– Besides the United States Postal Services stamps being recyclable, their stamp adhesives are environmentally benign and biodegradable.
– USPS delivers the mail in the most energy-efficient way possible, a third of their deliveries are made on foot!!!
– Through various continued successful partnership, they have facilitated reuse or recovery of overstock and outdated electronic equipment, saving tons of potential landfill waste.”
WOW!!! The United States Postal Service is AWESOME!! Please remember that they are one of the largest employers of our wonderfully brave United State of America Veterans. (That subject could be a positive and full extra article all by itself!!)
Important United States Postal Service (USPS) Information:
Call 1-800-ASK-USPS® (800-275-8777)
Postal Holidays and/or days closed include:
New Year’s Day (observed)
Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (observed)
Washington’s birthday (President’s Day)
Veterans’ Day (observed)
Note: The author of: Purposeful (Not Random) Acts of Kindness (AKA Beginning Steps for Overcoming Spoiled Brat-aholism) (www.purposefulnotrandom.com)) gives an environmental rating of “A” to this company. Super job!!