carolina fibre http://www.carolinafibre.com Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Why Recycling and Using Recycled Paper at the Office is so Important http://www.carolinafibre.com/why-recycling-and-using-recycled-paper-at-the-office-is-so-important/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:00:02 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=1300 There has been a lot of discussion about reducing our American workplaces’ footprint, but unfortunately, statistics show that U.S. companies continue to be huge contributors to environmental destruction. Pollution, climate change, waste in waterways, and deforestation are just some of the environmental degradation that comes from our corporations. Many of those contributions are in the form of discarded paper.

But why does saving trees matter, and why should American companies care? Let’s explore the many benefits of using recycled paper and how we can help our earth by initiating a paper recycling program at your office.

The benefits of recycling paper and using recycled paper.

When your office recycles and uses recycled paper, you help promote a more sustainable corporate climate and a healthier earth for decades to come. Among other benefits, recycling your paper and using recycled paper may:

  • Save forests and reduce environmental degradation.
  • Reduce landfill waste.
  • Reduce pollution.
  • Save energy.

Keep reading to find out how these can help your business and our environment!

Save forests and reduce environmental degradation. 

Recycling paper allows your used paper to be repurposed. This article from Small Biz Trends shows that paper products can typically be recycled into additional paper products seven times before the materials start to degrade. This highlights how recycling dramatically reduces the need for raw materials needed to make new paper products.

Many people think saving trees isn’t a huge concern since it’s always possible to plant more trees. However, not only is this a misconception, but healthy forest eco-systems are essential for preventing soil erosion, sustaining healthy waterways, and maintaining wildlife habits. Over-managing our forests disrupts these processes that are vital to our eco-system. Even when trees are replanted, it can take forests decades to recover.

Research shows that almost half of the trees cut down in the U.S. are headed for paper production. By utilizing recycled paper and recycling your office’s paper products, you can help reduce these numbers and maintain healthier forests.

Reduce landfill waste.

Our American landfills are growing every day. Because they are so full, they are taking up large parcels of land and destroying essential natural resources. Waste dumps are also significant emitters of methane gas, one of the primary gases proven to be responsible for climate change.

By using recycled paper and recycling our paper, we can help slow the rate at which our landfills are filling up and the number of greenhouse gases generated by them.

Reduce pollution

The paper production procedure is a crucial contributor to environmental pollution. While using recycled paper doesn’t completely reverse these effects, it does greatly diminish them. Recycling paper also limits the amount of pollution that ends up in our waterways.

Saves energy.

According to an article in the Printing News, the energy needed to produce paper from raw materials is almost double what it takes to make paper from recycled paper.

Supporting paper recycling results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the drain on energy resources.

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Recycling paper can save your business money!

On top of all the environmental benefits, recycling your paper and utilizing recycled paper can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

  • Investing in paper recycling may make your office eligible for tax credits.
  • Utilizing recycled paper can help your company gain approval among clients, who are demanding that brands take steps to limit their footprints.
  • Purchasing recycled paper drives up demand for these materials, which reduces the cost of recycling as the industry invests in the necessary infrastructure to meet demand.
  • Choosing sustainable options such as recycled paper will push down the cost of these goods. As resources grow scarcer, the price of paper goods will skyrocket. Investing in recycling now can help keep the cost of paper more reasonable over the long term.

How to set up a paper recycling program at your office. 

Now that you know all the recycling paper benefits, it’s time to put that new knowledge to good use by initiating an office paper recycling program. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Designate an office “green team.”
  • Use a waste audit kit to determine the volume of your waste.
  • Research collection options.
  • Identify what to collect.
  • Select appropriate recycling bins.
  • Use images to so your team can quickly identify each bin.
  • Contact a professional recycling company like Carolina Fibre! At Carolina Fibre, we offer extensive recycling services, including paper, plastic, and aluminum recycling, and confidential shredding. Our confidential shredding service ensures your company is protected against identity theft and the divulgence of private information by complete destruction of company records. Once the information is shredded, we send a certificate of destruction for all materials destroyed.

Not only does investing in recycled paper provide your office with some immediate benefits, but it’s also simply the right thing to do when it comes to preserving the natural resources relied on by everyone.

By knowing the facts, engaging your team in a recycling program, and investing in recycled paper products, your company can help make our future healthier and more prosperous for us all.

With the services and facilities offered by Carolina Fibre, it’s easier than ever for businesses to jump on board with green efforts here in North Carolina. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started on your company’s commercial recycling plan!

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The Many Benefits of Fiberon Decking http://www.carolinafibre.com/the-many-benefits-of-fiberon-decking/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:58:34 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=1294 Many companies worldwide recognize the many issues with the way we approach waste and recycling, so they are stepping up with innovative solutions. This new approach these companies are taking is pushing for positive change in their industries and inspiring hope for sustainability.

One company leading the charge of innovation is Fiberon Decking. Fiberon is a supplier of composite decking solutions. They design outdoor spaces that are not only created to sustain, but also to leave the smallest possible footprint. For almost two decades, Fiberon has been working to help those looking to create outdoor spaces, with quality and sustainable products made in the USA.

Beautiful outdoor spaces.

Fiberon takes great pride in creating outdoor living products that offer lasting beauty, maximum value, and easy maintenance.

Outdoor living is nothing without the outdoors and its natural beauty, so Fiberon incorporates eco-friendly materials and sustainable processes into everything they create.

Protecting the environment.

Fiberon’s amazing products are made from recycled materials, they source local recycled content, and utilize a closed-loop water cooling system for zero water discharge.

Their decking materials are made with locally-sourced recycled plastic, leftover sawdust, lumber mill scraps, and other materials. Each year Fiberon prevents more than 60,000 tons of plastic and other waste from ending up in landfills. Plus, Fiberon composites prevent further deforestation, do not contain the toxic chemicals often found in pressure-treated lumber, and are manufactured in a zero-waste process. Some other important facts about Fiberon and their processes include:

  • They are saving more than one million trees every year.
  • 100 million pounds of recycled plastic put to good use every year.
  • Manufacturing composite decking requires a constant source of water and they reuse almost all of it.
  • They reuse 98.5% of the waste from their manufacturing process.

Composite decking is cost-effective. 

While pressure-treated lumber may cost less initially, maintenance costs are significantly higher. Composite decking is a lot like prefinished flooring. It arrives as a finished product and never needs sanding, staining, or painting, just an occasional soap, and water cleaning. Wood needs to be finished after installation and then refinished every 1-2 years, meaning you’ll spend a significant amount of time and elbow grease maintaining that deck.

What’s more, wood decks are susceptible to mold, decay, weather elements, insects, and in general, have a shorter lifespan. Composites continually retain their good looks year after year.

According to Fiberon.com, maintenance costs with composite decking will be about $5-$15 per year, whereas wood decking will cost about $450-850 per year.

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Composite decking is safer. 

Wood-plastic composite decks will not splinter, split, crack, or rot, making your outdoor space safer for children, pets, and bare feet.

Fiberon decking looks just like wood.

Today’s composites genuinely reflect the organic beauty of hardwoods, complete with subtle streaking and wood grain patterns. And when it comes to color choices, you’ll find many more options to suit your tastes than with traditional wood.

As summer comes to a close, and the crisper temperatures creep into the Carolinas, start thinking about your outdoor space. Does it offer you the peace and joy that it should? If not, contact the experts at Fiberon today!

And for more tips on living green, whether outdoors or in, stay tuned to Carolina Fibre’s blog.

 

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Ten Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas http://www.carolinafibre.com/ten-eco-friendly-fathers-day-gift-ideas/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:00:27 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=1275 Father’s Day is just around the corner, and while we may have big things going on in the world around us, we must focus on a bit of normalcy.

Whether you’re ready or not, it is time to start thinking about dear old dad and what you want to give him to show how loved and valued he is. And while you’re thinking, remember that choosing an eco-friendly gift is not only thoughtful for Dad, but it is considerate of the planet as well.

Choosing a gift that is kind to the planet ensures it will continue to give long after the holiday is over. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are ten eco-friendly Father’s Day gift ideas to get you started.

Organic shirts and socks.

Dad will feel cozy and comfortable during these hot summer months with lightweight and breathable materials so close to his skin.

Find soft organic cotton that is gentle on him while being gentle on the environment.

Wooden fashion accessories.

Sunglasses are more than necessary this time of year, and what could be fancier than a premium pair of wood shades? Find a luxurious pair made natural materials for the perfect blend of style and sustainability.

Check out these from the Shwood Shop. Some other wood yet super chic accessories include:

Grilling sets.

Invest in some high-quality barbecue products this year so they can be reused rather than pitched once the season is over.

There are many eco-friendly grill kits available, including this set made from environmentally friendly pakkawood. Set dad up for a season of grilling and fun in the sun while taking care of our planet.

Homebrew kit.

There is no better way to be kind to the earth than to have dad brew all that beer he drinks. Not only will he stay busy, but he will be saving all those bottles and cans with a homebrew kit.

Water bottles made of sustainable materials.

This present is ideal for the active dad that needs a functional object to keep him hydrated. A collapsible water bottle is the perfect eco-friendly Father’s Day gift, as well as an ideal travel companion since it breaks down small enough to fit in a pocket. It is also perfect for eco-minded dads who want to save the planet from the plague of plastic!

Stainless steel mug.

If Dad is a coffee lover, a durable stainless-steel coffee mug is a must. It’s better than drinking it out of a disposable cup and can be used repeatedly, eliminating any extra waste.

Plant a tree.

Planting a tree in his honor is the perfect gift for dad this year. Trees are essential to our environment as they offer shade, produce fruit, and keep the air clean.

So, plant one for dad this Father’s Day and generations will enjoy it for years to come.

[Check out these other gardening tips here!]

Beach day essentials.

Gift dad these with these swimming trunks from Joseph and Alexander that are stylish and good for the planet. They are made from 100% recycled plastic so that dad will be styling and ecstatic that his shorts are helping to recover plastic from the oceans and put it to good use.

Some other excellent eco-friendly beach goodies that dad will love (and need) this summer in North Carolina include:

Recycled journal.

If dad has a creative streak and enjoys drawing or journaling, a recycled journal is perfect. Pair it with a pen, and he will love jotting down his thoughts — or his to-do list!

Snacks for days.

You can’t go wrong with snacks, so make dad’s day with a basket of his favorite organic snacks. There are many to choose from, but popcorn, nuts, dried fruit, crackers, and spreads are some options that are sure to satisfy his taste buds.

There are many eco-friendly gifts available to suit just about everyone. Give it some thought so you can give dad a gift he is sure to love, and the planet will appreciate it too!

Hopefully, you are inspired by our list and can find the perfect gift this Father’s Day. However, if you still have concerns about eco-friendly living, Carolina Fibre is here to help. Check out our blog for more tips or contact us today!

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Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day http://www.carolinafibre.com/go-green-st-patricks-day/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:50:50 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=865 March is the greenest month of the year thanks to St. Patrick’s Day, but Carolina Fibre knows how to turn the holiday into our own “green” celebration. Make St. Patrick’s Day one of the most eco-friendly holidays and check out some of our fun, go-green ideas.

Home Decor 

Recycled paper is key when it comes to decorating. Grab some stencils and cut out shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold to hang from the ceiling or tape to your windows. Instead of buying a themed wreath, make your own using old materials like green t-shirts, denim, curtains or tablecloths. The wireframe can be recycled after the holiday is over. The only tool you need to create your wreath is a pair of fabric shears. Simply cut up the fabric of your choice in strips, tie them to the wireframe and cover every last inch. The best part is that once the fabric is cut up, the project becomes kid-friendly as there is no hassle or mess from glue and paints. You can also brighten up a room by inserting lights into green beverage bottles or vases. Don’t have anything green? Use an eco-friendly spray paint to add a green tint your bottles or vases. Great Green Goods has some great ideas for fun and creative ways to make eco-friendly and recyclable wreaths for any occasion.

Festive Apparel 

Who says you have to buy what’s popular at the party supply and craft stores? Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by creating your own holiday wardrobe. Shop at local thrift stores and other retailers in which used items are sold. Create your own handmade bow ties or spray paint an old pair of shoes. Scan your closet for green t-shirts, dresses, socks and accessories. You can even take it a step further and wear eco-friendly clothing like 100% cotton shirts. Complete your festive look by making leprechaun-themed hats using recycled paper or fabrics. When it comes to dressing up, your eco-friendly options are unlimited!

Themed Foods and Beverages 

Bake your favorite St. Patrick’s Day dishes by cooking with locally-grown produce. Aside from the benefit of fresher ingredients, you’ll be supporting your local economy instead of corporate chain stores. Make baking fun for the entire family and use green food dye made from natural ingredients. Green Living Ideas provides step-by-step instructions on how to make any color dye for all holidays and events. If you plan on drinking beer, stick to locally-brewed beer or even organic beer. And always choose draft over a bottle if given the option. Not all bars and restaurants recycle glass!

Do you have any green tips for St. Patrick’s Day? Share your ideas below in the comment section or on the Carolina Fibre Facebook page.

 

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Five Tips for Giving Love Back to Mother Nature http://www.carolinafibre.com/five-tips-giving-love-back-mother-nature/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:23:11 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=843 February may be classified as the month of love, but it doesn’t have to be limited to your significant other. As a supporter of sustainability and an enhanced ecosystem, Carolina Fibre looks for ways in everyday life to protect the environment. We’ve made Mother Nature our valentine this year, and have laid out these five easy tips for “greening” the Earth.

1. Replace Home Appliances with Energy Efficient Models 

A significant portion of homes’ energy is dedicated to running appliances. Replacing them with energy efficient models can reduce emissions by up to 3,000 pounds per year. Today’s major appliances don’t use the same level of power as older models because they’re required to meet federal energy efficiency standards. Look for the Energy Star® label when choosing which appliances save the most money on your power bill. These models are the most energy efficient in any product category.

2. Purchase a Vehicle With At Least 30 Miles Per Gallon 

Specific brands and types of cars may be visually appealing, but lacking in fuel efficiency. Luckily car manufacturers realize the shift in consumers’ green views and are steadily producing and promoting high performing miles-per-gallon automobiles. A vehicle that gets at least 30 miles per gallon reduces carbon dioxide by approximately 2,500 pounds a year over a car that gets 10 miles less. Review the Environmental Protection Agency approval guidelines to find the best eco-friendly, affordable car for you.

3. Walk, Bike, Carpool or Use Mass Transit When Possible 

It’s more common than ever to see single riders driving to and from work. This may improve our self-sufficiency and independence, but the major increase in CO2 emissions from vehicles does not benefit the environment. Every gallon of gasoline saved diverts 22 pounds of CO2 emissions, and driving 10 miles less per week eliminates about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. If walking is an option, take advantage of the health benefits associated with it. Every mile walked burns about 100 calories—improve the ecosystem and energize your body for long-term gains.

4. Use Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Supplies 

There was a time when our world didn’t think twice about toxic chemicals found in cleaning products. As long as kitchen counters and floors shined, we were happy. But with evidence that older cleaning supplies negatively affect on our health, people are extremely cautious about what they buy. Seek out more natural cleaning products that contain organic ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, baking soda, citrus oil, vinegar and cleaning salt. Make sure to dispose of any harmful cleaning supplies properly following the Cleaning Institute® guidelines.

5. Request a Home Energy Audit to Pinpoint Energy Wasters 

An energy audit provides information about how much energy homes consume and suggests what can be corrected to improve energy savings. The average family in the United States pays over $3,000 in utility bills per year and a thorough audit can cut that price in half. Energy assessments include checking insulation, leaks, ductwork and appliances. Request an audit from a professional technician to maximize energy efficiency and start saving money!

Sustainability is all about changing our everyday habits we often don’t think twice about, whether it’s running the air conditioning 24/7 or avoiding taking the bus because we feel more secure in our cars. Carolina Fibre Corporation is a Greensboro, NC recycler, and we operate our facilities with a primary focus on sustainability.

 

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Save Energy and Stay Green Over the Holidays http://www.carolinafibre.com/save-energy-stay-green-over-holidays/ Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:11:42 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=839 Tis the season for sharing special time with family and friends—the indulgent and festive holiday parties, the gift-giving shopping frenzy and the sweet school plays and musicals. It’s also a time to reflect on decisions you’ve made throughout 2014—both business and personal—and regroup as you look ahead toward another great year. But more often times than not there is more rushing than relaxing, and with so much on your plate it can be hard maintaining that level of dedication to the environment. Let’s close the year on a good note and think green, together, throughout the holiday season.

When it comes to wrapping those white elephant gifts at work, consider natural, renewable materials over the glossy and metallic gift-wrap. Cotton, hemp, silk and wood are all excellent options that add character and a personal touch. Sift through your Sunday paper and find stories that resonate with each recipient: comics for the office personality, a sports story for the sports enthusiast. Grab pages from old, worn-out or damaged books for the writer in your group and various advertisements from an old magazine for the marketer. You can even take it one step further by adding some vibrancy and depth to packages with patterns and colors from old magazines. Old greeting cards also work exceptionally well for gift tags. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

According to one U.S. Department of Energy study, if everyone replaced their conventional holiday light strings with LEDs, at least two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity could be saved in a month. So it goes without saying: at home and in the office, make it a point to use LED holiday lights. They’re more energy-efficient and will save you money on your electricity bill.

Having a holiday party can be stressful in itself, and you want your guests to be as comfortable as possible. And while temperatures may dip down this holiday season, there are still ways to be conscious of your carbon footprint. Lower your energy consumption by lowering the heat a few degrees at night, and forego plans to up the thermostat during holiday get-togethers. More people in the area means more body warmth! Serve food in large containers and, if you can, provide bulk water, coffee and drink dispensers instead of individually packaged products.

When the holiday seasons is over, Marketing and Operations manager Aimee Chellew suggests composting your pine garlands, dried up wreaths and other flower arrangements.  “You can compost anything that has lived or grown recently, and it has a huge positive impact on the environment. Tis the season for giving, after all!”

What steps has your office taken to green the holiday season? We’d love to hear!

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Carolina Fibre Featured in Recycling Today http://www.carolinafibre.com/carolina-fibre-featured-recycling-today/ Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:14:25 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=834 Recycling builds more competitive manufacturing industries by converting waste into raw materials and adds significantly to the U.S. economy. Among many benefits, the recycling industry makes a vital contribution to job creation as well in their efforts to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

You’ve no doubt heard of Sonoco and Pratt Industries—both world leaders in recycling. But you’ll find Carolina Fibre headquartered in the same region as those leaders, doing well and serving its community by creating new revenue streams and sustainability plans; greening supply chains; optimizing product lifestyles; and minimizing environmental footprints. Services include paper recycling, plastic recycling, aluminum recycling, consulting services and confidential shredding. Carolina Fibre can even help you set up a Corporate Recycling Program.

But the thing that sets Carolina Fibre apart from the rest is their commitment to quality customer service, paying customers quickly and adhering to ethical business practices. Ayscue points out, “When you call our office, you will not get voicemail; you will get a live voice to help you with your questions.

“Our niche is customer service and timely payment,” Ayscue continues. “In a big company, turnover may be very high. People get lost in the system. For us, we make sure we provide one-on-one service. Our customers want their places serviced quickly and to get paid fast.”

The U.S., Europe, Japan and Hong Kong have been exporting raw materials internationally for many years. When it comes to China in particular, the U.S. would receive many shipping containers of imported goods and then ship them back empty.  It made sense for China to capitalize on the higher quality of cardboard to make better, more environmentally friendly packaging, as well as make money reprocessing and selling the raw materials. It was also a sustainability win for the U.S.

Operation Green Fence, implemented by China in February of 2013 placed restrictions on the waste in allowed into the country. Any shipment that has a single contaminant can be turned away. And according to the International Solid Waste Association, about 7,600 tons of material from the U.S. was rejected during the first three months of the initiative.

When it comes to Green Fence and China’s current economic climate, Ayscue said that Carolina Fibre has explored more overseas markets to “fill the void we are experiencing with the downturn in China.” He also mentions that they have been much more meticulous with “allowing export buyers on site to inspect material before taking orders for overseas shipments.”

The Recycling Today Media Group is the go-to publisher in the recycling industry, giving suppliers and companies the tools, resources and insight necessary to help sustain the environment for future generations. Suffice it to say, Carolina Fibre was thrilled to be featured as Recycling Today’s cover story earlier this month.

You can read the entire feature at Recycling Today.

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Carolina Fibre: Plastic Recycling http://www.carolinafibre.com/carolina-fibre-plastic-recycling/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:28:09 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=820 carolina-fibre-plastic-recyclingBuilding a reputation as an eco-conscious company carries a great deal of weight with today’s green-minded consumers. Carolina Fibre offers paper recycling, aluminum recycling, consulting services, confidential shredding and plastic recycling to help businesses become more sustainable. Plastic recycling is a budget-friendly, responsible way to dispose of post-industrial waste. Plastics are known as the largest contributor of waste in the world and take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

Plastics are sorted according to their resin identification, a method of categorization of polymer types, before recycling. We accept the following plastics at our facility:

Polythylene terephthalate (PET, PETE) – PET is used in synthetic fibers like beverage, food and other liquid containers.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) – HDPE is made from petroleum and commonly used in the production of plastic bottles. Some of its many common applications include folding chairs and tables, hard hats, plastic bags, plastic lumber and wood plastic composites.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – Just about half of the world’s polyvinyl chloride resin manufactured annually is used for producing pipes for municipal and industrial applications.

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) – LDPE is widely used for parts that need to be weldable and machinable, and for manufacturing various containers, tubing, plastic bags for computer components, and molded laboratory equipment.

Polypropylene (PP) – You’ll find PP in packaging and labeling, and things like textiles, carpets, stationary, and lab equipment.

Polystyrene (PS) – PS is unfortunately very slow to biodegrade and is often abundant as a form of littler in the outdoor environment. It’s the most widely us plastics and includes protective packaging, containers, lids, bottles, trays and disposable utensils. Discarded PS does not biodegrade for hundreds of years.

Other (often polycarbonate or ABS) – Polycarbonate is used for electronic applications, data storage, construction materials and eye protection. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is used for medical devices for blood access, enclosures for electrical and electronic assemblies, protective headgear. ABS can be recycled, but it is not accepted by all recycling facilities.

Plastics are not recycled as efficiently as they should be. And with the use of plastics increasing over the year—in everyday products, furniture, and appliances—it’s more important than ever for your business to conserve energy and reduce your own destructive waste output. Aside from the positive impact you’ll have on the environment, going green is good for your business. Carolina Fibre can help your organization with its sustainability efforts to lower operating costs, attract new business and reduce waste.

 

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Confidential Shredding and Your Business http://www.carolinafibre.com/confidential-shredding-your-business/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:11:02 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=803  

carolina-fibre-confidential-paper-shreddingA shredding service is not just for accounting firms—it’s a priority for all industries and businesses interested in protecting themselves from the increased risks of identity theft. New privacy legislation requires all companies to take reasonable measures to protect and safeguard all information deemed confidential—financial, medical, legal and proprietary documents. They all must be destroyed in a responsible manner to ensure that privacy is protected.

The following is Carolina Fibre’s Certificate of Destruction Process:

1. The date the load was shipped
2. The source of the load (one of our suppliers)
3. The booking number if available (client’s specific ID for the transaction)
4. The number of the vehicle that shipped the load to premises for destruction.

The above information is noted and documented in a letter including the following: “This letter certifies that your shipment has been received at our plant and all acceptable materials will be destroyed through our recycling process.” A security seal is then attached to the shipping papers, and the seal number is noted.

Carolina Fibre works with Confidential Shredding to ensure that all of its clients—large and small—are aware of how important it is to properly and legally destroy sensitive material. If you’re interested in learning more about Carolina Fibre’s confidential shredding services, please contact Carolina Fibre professional today.

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Going Green and Going Back to School: Tips for School Lunches http://www.carolinafibre.com/going-green-going-back-school-tips-school-lunches/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:56:16 +0000 http://www.carolinafibre.com/?p=774 There are so many small, simple changes we can make that will have a big impact on the environment. And back-to-school season is the perfect opportunity to think about safe, non-toxic and earth-friendly lunch ware for children. Here are some tips for “greening” your child’s school lunches.

Reuse Sandwich Bags

According to the Sierra Club, an estimated 8 billion pounds of plastic bags, wraps and sacks enter the waste stream every year in the US. And unfortunately, families spend roughly $85 annually on disposable plastic baggies. Despite the water cost, savings on raw materials, emissions from shipping, and landfill space make washing incredibly worthwhile.

An even better option would be opting for reusable sandwich bags that are dishwasher-safe, certified food-safe, quick-drying, grease-proof, moisture-proof, lead-free, bpa-free, and phthalate-free. They do exist! And can be used to replace hundreds of single-use plastic baggies.

Going Green and Going Back to School: Tips for School Lunches

Remember Cloth Napkins

The only con of a cloth napkin? Laundry. But you have to do it anyway! Look at these fun, reusable napkins for kids from MightyNest.

Say No to Plastic and Brown Paper Bags

According to the EPA, each child who brings a brown bag lunch to school every day generates about 67 pounds of waste by the end of the school year.

ECOlunchbox analyzed the amount of waste an American family with two children and one adult packing lunch 200 times a year generates annually. They found that the total amount of lunchtime waste generated added up to 4,320 pieces a year—and the thousands of pieces of throwaways unnecessarily cost the family almost $500.

If you must use brown paper bags, they may be recycled with other paper products. Or you can get creative: cover your kid’s textbooks with old paper bags or bring them back to the grocery story for your next trip.

Snag Some Reusable Utensils

It’s estimated that over 40 billion plastic utensils end up in landfills each year in the US alone, and bamboo is an earth-friendly solution. You can find many items like these at www.reuseit.com.

Pack Goodies in Reusable Containers

There are many reusable food containers and accessories that kids find exciting. Goodbyn, for example, helps children and adults see the value in healthy eating while solving the problem of trash created by one-time-use packaging.

Going Green and Going Back to School: Tips for School Lunches

Grab a Fun BPA-Free Drink Container

Juice boxes have always been popular among school-age children, and are very convenient for adults. But they have significant downsides: not only do they add more waste; they contain an unhealthy amount of sugar. Consider using a BPA-free reusable bottle—it’s better for you, your family and the environment. Using a reusable, eco-friendly water bottle makes drinking water more convenient wherever you go, and it reduces your carbon footprint.

Going Green and Going Back to School: Tips for School Lunches

Instead of bottled sweet teas, sports drinks and sweetened juices, give kids herbal fruit teas with added fruit like raspberries and honey or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. When they’re done, they can fill up their water bottle with water from the fountain.

Snacks In Bulk = Parents’ Best Friend

Did you know that packaging accounts for approximately 8% of the cost of food? And when you really sit down and think about it, most of your recycling is food packaging. Buying bulk, very aptly put by Earth911, “takes into account how the food gets to the store, how often you have to buy it and ease of disposal.”

Green Foods = Healthy Foods

The lunch you pack can be as sustainable as the box you pack it in—and what you pack is likely to be more nutritious than hot lunch served in the cafeteria. The Environmental Working Group has great tips and tricks for packing healthy lunches on a budget, including healthy snacking tips and kid-approved recipes.

Here at Carolina Fibre, we understand that recycling is about sustainability. And sustainability is about doing simple things we often take for granted—like thinking differently about our consumption habits, and how they impact our children’s decisions. Carolina Fibre Corporation is a Greensboro NC recycler, and we operate our facilities with sustainability as our main objective.

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