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Green Initiatives, a leading destination for any occasion gifts, announces corporate green initiatives. The top initiatives are listed below and only represent a small portion of the responsible actions taken by the company.

1. Recycled boxes are a must.
All boxes are made from at least 35% recycled material. Boxes are also re-used to ship items out to customers when available.  Customers will soon be able to select "Used Shipping Box OK" at checkout.

2. Using smart packing material.  
Biodegradable cornstarch packaging and re-used packing materials keep orders safe until they get to their destination.

3. Technology instead of cars.
All of our corporate office employees telecommute.  Major benefits:  Saves commercial lease prices, commuting woes (and pollution) in the SF Bay Area and gives our employees more home time.

4. Earth-friendly products.
A great way to care for the environment is to support designers that use materials that are biodegradable and that come from renewable sources; the company also does its best to work with vendors and suppliers that give back to environmental causes.

5. Shipping to business addresses.
Because it can be hard to catch customers at home, shipping services often have to make extra trips for home delivery which increases fuel use. Customers are encouraged to have deliveries sent to their offices which is greener since stop would be on set delivery route and more secure than a doorstep drop.

6. Small boxes are better. 
The smaller the box - the less waste in the recycling bin. We use the best box for the product(s) purchased.

7. Ground transportation is the preferred shipping method.
Shipping by ground instead of air saves customers extra cash and helps save the planet as well.

8.  A greener lifestyle.
Starting on February 1, 2017 each customer will receive a free organic cotton tote bag with any purchase of $50 or more to first 1,000 customers, perfect to re-use.

9.  Locally manufactured products.
Priority is given to products made in the USA when reviewing items to add to the collection.  Locally made products cut down on global shipping and ensure fair labor practices and environmental standards.

10.  Drop-shipping.  
This reduces a trip for many of our products by avoiding being shipped to our warehouse and then re-shipped out to customers.  Selected products ship directly from manufacturer.

Initiatives also include a ban on plastic envelopes to hold shipping labels.  Shipments go out twice a week to avoid excessive environmental damage caused by transportation. In addition, the company uses no logos on the shipping boxes they send because a plain box offers an opportunity for re-use by the customer for anything from another gift to storage. And, coming soon, product “Life Cycle” information will be included in ship confirmation email alerting customers if product and packaging are recyclable.

We know that in the retail industry ‘being green’ is hard to do – but we are certainly trying to make shopping a much greener experience.