Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recycled Boxes

Because Sunday was Earth Day we want to talk about our cardboard boxes today.

FACTS ABOUT CARDBOARD (according to EARTH911.com):

  • Cardboard is used to ship 90 percent of all products in the U.S.
  • Most cardboard waste comes from big companies, such as department stores and supermarkets.

  • We're not one of the big companies but we do use a lot of cardboard; we use cardboard boxes to pack our product everyday.  We know it would look better if we ordered fancy customized boxes with our name & logo printed on the sides but we thought that was sort of wasteful considering there are plenty of perfectly good boxes out there that are made by other companies and then not used.

    Did you know boxes get custom made and then don't get used and are ultimately thrown away?!

    Well we buy them up. Our customers often receive their deliveries from us in boxes that other companies discarded - it reduces the carbon footprint and it saves us money, which we then pass on to our customers! 

    This one is from BIG TRAIN COFFEE

    On the outside it says "Sterile Solutions" but on the inside NUTS & BOLTS.

    Arg! Unfortunately you don't know what you're going to get.

    Every day is Earth Day at Freeway.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    More Andrew Myers

    Our friend Andrew Myers & his friend have made a video sharing his process and thoughts, and we want to share it with you. We're huge fans of his and we think you'll see why.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Riveting Titanic Information

    Nuts & bolts - and rivets (!) - are so important to how our world is held together. To demonstrate the severe importance of this is an article about how poor workmanship and missing rivets contributed to the chain reaction of events that eventually brought down an unsinkable ship one hundred years ago this April 14th - the Titanic. 

    A review of scientific evidence was published April 2nd in Physics World that basically said the following:
    • Three million rivets held the ship together
    • Poor-quality rivets meant part of the hull that hit the iceberg was weaker than the rest of the vessel
    • Weak rivets meant air compartments ruptured

    Because the vessel was rushed out to be ready for its maiden voyage the workmanship and quality was compromised; rivets were placed unevenly and they did not use the best iron for each rivet but substandard material, which underpressure caused the rivets to splinter.  James Cameron, in his movie Titanic, displayed what probably happened with spot-on accuracy.  There is a moment in the film that shows the rivets popping like champagne corks...followed by the unthinkable.

    This thursday marks 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. The ship continues to be a great reminder that we cannot compromise our standards, especially when our safety is at risk. It pays to have knowledge - and quality is paramount.

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Happy Springtime Everybunny!

    How cute is this?!
    We found this adorable bunny made out of junk
    at the blog of Frugal Dr. Mom
    With both a slotted & a phillips drive screw she managed
    to convey sweetness in those eyes...adorable.

    Happy Hopping!

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