Lanyard Store Goes 100% Trash-Free
February 21, 2011
According to the Clean Air Council, about one-tenth of all
garbage in the United States gets recycled. Lanyardstore.com, a lanyard
manufacturing and printing facility in Los Angeles, wants to help reduce
this number. The company has officially refreshed into completely trash-free warehouse,
recycling every single item they use.
Company President Augie Pella claims that it's wasn't as
difficult as one might think. "Americans have become complacent about throwing
everything into one trash can, but recycling is by far the best bang for the
buck if a company is looking to go green."
The Lanyardstore.com's 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse would
normally produce a lot of trash as a byproduct of manufacturing and
ID badge holders and other disposable ID products. In addition to these
ID products, they also manufacture and print low cost strap products such as
straps, all of which would typically produce massive amounts of waste.
The company set up recycling bins for every category of
item they use. "We don't have any trash cans; we have scratch paper piles
and recycle bins," explains Pella. "We also save money by using shredded office documents
instead of Styrofoam peanuts."
The Lanyardstore.com did encounter a few obstacles while
transitioning into a trash-free warehouse. Items were being thrown into
the wrong bins and the warehouse became infested with ants from food-related
trash. "We solved those problems and once we ironed out all the 'bugs,'
things have gone smoothly," Pella says.
In relation their eco-friendly efforts, Lanyardstore.com
has initiated the "Million
Lanyard Give," program, through which they donate extra and overrun lanyards to
non-profit organizations. They also use excess ink to print lanyards for
Surprisingly, the company has made a much larger impact
than you might think. The Clean Air Council reports that just one ton of paper from
recycled pulp saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,000 gallons
of water, 390 gallons of oil, and enough kilowatt hours to heat a home for a
Pella hopes that other companies will follow
Lanyardstore.com's example. He points out that recycling offers financial
rewards too. "We save about $1400 a year in trash collection costs right off
the top. In addition, every two weeks, someone in our office pockets an
extra $100 or so by taking the bins to the recycling facility, which makes
To learn more about recycling in your area, visit
earth911.com. Schools, churches or other non-profit organizations may sign
up for Lanyardstore.com's
Lanyards Donation program by visiting their website.
About the Printed
Lanyardstore.com began selling lanyards in 1997, and shortly thereafter
formed the website
http://www.lanyardstore.com, which sells personalized lanyards and other
ID products, printed neck wallets, custom badge holders and retractable
badge reels. The online company also prints custom shoelaces, pet collars,
dog leashes and child safety straps.