Twelve ways they Preserve the Earth.
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How does Preserve work to preserve the earth?Here are their answers:
1. We use recycled and environment-friendly materials for our products and packaging.
2. We assess every component of our products, including the materials from which theyӲe made, the way theyӲe manufactured, the packaging in which theyӲe sold, and the distance they travel to get to our consumers. We pay attention to every step of this process and continuously seek new approaches to make it even more environmentally sustainable.
3. To date, our products have used nearly 100 tons of recycled plastic. By using recycled plastics we significantly reduce both the pollution emitted and energy consumed in the exploration, drilling, transporting and refining of oil into petrochemicals that are used to make new plastic.
4. We support the efforts of others to preserve the earth by reducing waste and using recycled materials. Specifically, we work to increase the demand for and create a better market of recycled #5 polypropylene plastic, a popular plastic of packaging for foods like yogurt, hummus and sour cream!
5. Our packaging is environment friendly. We use renewable or recycled materials whenever possible. We design our packaging to be reusable, like the Preserve toothbrushӳ travel case. In addition we choose packaging materials that are either recyclable in most towns or through our mail-back program.
6. We design and manufacture our products to last. And all of our plastic products are ultimately recyclable.
7. We do not use toxic, harmful chemicals.
8. We work with the safest plastics we can identify and steer clear of questionable plastics like #6 polystyrene.
9. Preservers tell us they love our fun, vivid colors and so do we. We work closely with our color supplier to make sure they do not contain any heavy metals or environmentally harmful additives.
10.We seek to make our products regionally. Preserve makes nearly all of our products in the United States, working with U.S. manufacturers. This practice benefits our local economy and also reduces the CO2 emissions that would be generated by transportation of products to the United States from other countries. Sometimes we need to extend just beyond the border to guarantee quality and environmentally responsible manufacturing, so the blades for our Preserve razors are produced in Mexico.
11.We have a no animal testing policy. Period. We support and have signed the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals.
12.Our office is powered by wind. We buy energy credits from American Wind to offset our office power. At our offices, we light our surroundings with the sun and dress for the seasons to keep energy consumption down.
Preserve Founder & CEO Eric Hudson answers frequently-asked questions.
Q: Why did you start Preserve?
A: I wanted to start my own business that developed creative ways to conserve and re-use the earthӳ resources. There was a lot of recycling going on back in the early ѹ0s and there werenӴ a lot of companies putting those materials back into new products. I saw an opportunity in that 45% percent of people recycled and I thought they would have an interest in products made from their efforts. The biggest opportunity was with #5 plastics. They werenӴ being recycled well nor reused well. And there you have it. I also wanted to start a company that I would feel good about coming to every day.
Q: What is Preserveӳ mission?
A: Simply put, to deliver consumer products that offer great looking design, high performance and are better for the environment than alternative products. We do this by using recycled materials for our products and packaging. To reduce the waste created by consumer products, we work with suppliers and other companies to reduce, recover, and reuse. We also have a commitment to support the recycling industry through our business practices and through volunteer, professional and community efforts.
Q: Were you always an environmentalist?
A: IӶe always loved the outdoors. As you get older, I think you learn to really respect nature. And when I was in my 30s, I felt I wanted to merge my professional life with the concern to reduce our impact on the earth. I mean, I grew up in the Berkshires and my family was a bit crunchy and have been known to literally hug trees, but it wasnӴ until the early 90s that I decided I wanted to marry my professional career with my love of nature.
Q: What was the first PreserveΠproduct you came out with?
A: It was a toothbrush. I actually had an idea for a toothbrush since I was a teenager. My dentist always told me to brush in a certain way, with a 45 degree angle, but the brushes out there just werenӴ made to do that. My Dad, who was an industrial designer of cars and boats, designed the first PreserveΠtoothbrush, with input from professional dentists.
Q: How do you decide which products to develop?
A: At first, we sought to come out with products that almost everyone used and were frequently thrown away for which we could come up with an alternative, a way to reuse and recycle them. As weӶe developed, weӶe come to seek to be a company that can offer more well-designed products that are environmentally friendly, made with biodegradable or recycled materials. Right now, we make personal care products, tableware, and kitchenware, and have a range of other products in the pipeline that offer solutions for every room of the home.