Do you recycle?
At Baisch & Skinner, we're always looking for ways to become more green. It seems ironic that the original green industry needs to find ways to become more environmentally-aware, but the fact of the matter is there are always more efforts that can be done. Shipping the freshest flowers from around the world to our coolers in the quickest time possible isn't easy. We've decided to focus our efforts on the packing materials used in the shipping process - specifically the boxes that are used to hold all the flowers.
In an economy that presents many challenges and opportunities, we feel there is great strength in numbers - and that's why we are looking for ways to partner with our customers like never before. It's no secret, our customers' success translates directly to our success. So to that end, we've created our Baisch Box Recycling Program to directly help our customers' bottom lines.
To find out more about this new initiative, click on the link below:
Baisch Box Recycling Program
Other ways Baisch & Skinner is Going Green:
Realizing that our warehouses and offices do not need to be cooled and heated when we are at home, thermometers set to a timer were installed last year, bringing our utilities bill down 15% from the previous year.
We have begun partnering with other delivery services in the Midwest, taking vehicles off the road, as well as creating more efficient routes.
We have begun a recycling program with the help of Blue Skies Recycling (blueskiesrecycling.com). We not only get to recycle paper and glass, but organics as well. This food and plant waste is shipped to an off-site composting facility. Through this we were able to cut back from 18 yards of dumpster space to one 2-yard dumpster that gets picked up once a week. We had been landfilling approximately 87.72 tons of garbage annually, and are now down to 9.87 tons, achieving an 89% recycling rate in our first year.
We also have an ongoing program with our customers called the “Baisch Box Recycling Program”. A normal cardboard box that our flowers get shipped out in costs us $4.50. With the recycling program, our customers get a $2.00 credit for every box that is brought back. Based on its quality, it is either reused or recycled. A win-win for the company and customer!
We have had an ongoing annual savings of roughly $10,000.00 for recycling all heavy cardboard that we send directly to the recycling plant…( $2500.00) per truck load…
We also average 40 semi loads of plants from Florida of which we have been working more closely with the growers by special forms of stacking formations which saves us the cost of cardboard by pure means of just elimination.
The staff at Baisch & Skinner not only encourages the business and its customers to be greener, but other staff members as well. A few of our staff members ride in a carpool to work.
All of these efforts have helped us to grow a more green business. With the help of the staff and our customers, we get closer every day to helping our future generations live in a healthier world.