Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

Confidential Shredding and Your Business

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.

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

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
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.

Carolina Fibre: Strategic Sustainability Consulting

Companies that invest in sustainability are the ones that effectively withstand resource limitations. Earlier this month we discussed the vast and various benefits of integrating green habits and practices into your business. From reducing company costs, reducing waste and positioning your organization in the best light, maximizing your sustainability initiatives enable your organization to be profitable while helping people and the environment.
You understand the benefits: sustainable initiatives create fulfilling jobs, promote accountability and reduce natural resource dependence and pollution. But with so many different avenues to take and practices to implement, how do you decide which is the best, most effective route for your business long term?
Carolina Fibre guides organizations to actively manage their social and environmental impacts for a clear return on investment and profitable growth. The Carolina Fibre Strategic Sustainability Consulting approach is thorough and yields an in-depth understanding of how solid waste and recyclables are being managed in your business environment. We analyze and identify your impact, make recommendations within an extensive plan for your leadership team, and begin implementation upon approval. We perform monthly monitoring and report your savings and constantly adapt to make the most difference.
Some of the solutions we provide include:

  • A sustainability plan to align your bottom line
  • Green your supply chain and optimize your product life cycle
  • Calculate and minimize your carbon footprint
  • Plastic recycling, paper recycling, aluminum recycling and solid waste collection programs for hundreds of categories of materials
  • Hands on staff reporting

At Carolina Fibre, we are the drivers of change. Our sustainability consultants research cost-saving strategies and embrace and foster innovation and adaptation. We will provide you with the strategic insight and technical skills needed to improve your organization’s resource use and increase savings and performance through your new custom recycling program.