In today's culture of eco-friendliness, it's nice to know that Stampin' Up! is doing their part. Though there are many things that Stampin' Up! is doing to be environmentally friendly, I thought I would share with you how their products like wood blocks, paper, and rubber have been actively used and created in responsible ways.
Rubber: Rather than dumping excess rubber in a landfill, Stampin' Up! donates it to Courage Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides horseback riding therapy for physically or mentally challenged children. They take SU!'s ground rubber and sell it to groups and individuals for use in playgrounds and horse stables. The money they receive from the sale of this rubber goes to fund their programs. You can find more information about Courage Reins at http://www.couragereins.org/.
Wood Blocks: SU!'s wood blocks are not only created from a renewable resource, SU! engages in a sustainable practice to get those wood blocks. They work with a tree farm in which the maple trees are grown specifically for the purpose of harvesting wood!
Cardstock and Paper: If you've had items shipped directly to you, you might be aware that the packing paper used for shipping is 100 percent recycled. But did you know that SU!'s card stock includes recycled material? It’s true! SU!'s card stock includes recycled paper that’s left over from other paper runs, which would otherwise end up in a landfill. The darker the color of card stock, the more recycled material is in the card stock. Basic Black is actually their "greenest" color! In addition, SU! works with a paper broker who ensures that the mills they use for their Designer Series paper and card stock engage in environmentally friendly practices. Their broker is certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC). These certifications help them know that their paper comes from sustainably managed forests and mills that are taking steps to lessen their carbon footprint. One of their mills even generates its own power.