Go Green to Save Green

Posted on Mar 21, 2018 1:37:31 PM

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Going green can seem totally overwhelming, not to mention expensive. If you break things down, little by little converting to an environmentally friendly household is not as tough as you think. In addition to being environmentally friendly, going green is also a friend to your wallet. Earth Month takes place every April, and Earth Day 2018 is celebrated Sunday, April 22.  There are many ways you can save energy, reuse household items, and go green. Here are some tips on how you can go green, to save green.

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  • Opt out of disposable plastic bags, and reuse the ones you have on hand. Invest a few dollars into canvas reusable bags for grocery trips. They are sturdier, hold more items, and are more comfortable to carry. Have a stash of plastic bags at home? Reuse them as a small garbage can liner, a car trash bag or to pick up animal waste.
  • Give up the use of plastic water bottles. On average, 30 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the US, and less than 20% are actually recycled. Switching to a stainless steel reusable water bottle could save up to $200 a month on water.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper. Not only are they more durable, they will actually help reduce your trash output, and save you money over the years. Plus, cloth napkins add a nice touch to any meal.
  • Grow your own food. It is not nearly as complicated or as time consuming as it sounds. Cherry tomatoes, salad greens and green beans are the most cost effective vegetables to grow in a garden. Simply growing herbs such as basil or mint on your windowsill can still save hundreds in the long run.
  • Line dry your clothes. Clothing dryers use more energy than most appliances in your home. Pick up a clothing rack, set up a drying line outside, or just hang wet clothes on hangers around the house. They will be dry in a day without spiking the electricity bill.

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Going green can easily be implemented into daily routines, and can help save money while improving quality of life. Something as small as reducing your use of plastic, or hanging your clothes up to dry can get you on the right path to a green life. It just takes time, and dedication. With the right alternatives and transitions, anyone can make their lifestyle a sustainable one.

Topics: Earth Day

Green Living

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 11:11:03 AM

Going green means much more than choosing the paperless billing option. Although that is a huge first step to making an impact, there are many ways you can go green in your daily life.  Most ways to live a green lifestyle are simple to implement, cost little to no money, and can have a huge impact on natural resources and the environment.

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The average person receives 69 pounds of junk mail to their home each year. According to the EPA, over 50% of junk mail is not recycled. It also takes an average of 4,000 gallons of water to produce one ton of paper, and the junk mail industry uses 10-24 billion gallons of water each year. Putting an end to junk mail will save more than trees, it will also save water, fuel, energy, and many other resources. It is simple to unsubscribe from junk mail.  Contact the company via phone or email and ask to be removed from the mailing list. Until the opt-out starts working, here are some creative uses for junk mail.

  • Recycle It: 50% of junk mail is not recycled, be sure to place yours in a recycle bin.
  • Compost It: Most paper and ink is non-toxic, put it through the shredder for use as compost.
  • Packaging Material: Shred or crumble it to use as sustainable packaging material.
  • Animal Bedding: Shred it and use it on the bottom of a hamster or bird cage.
  • Crafts: Recycled papers are great for collages, paper Mache and much more.water.jpg

    Another easy way to go green is to give up the use of plastic water bottles. On average, 30 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the US, and less than 20% are actually recycled. Switching to a stainless steel reusable water bottle could save up to $200 a month on water. Stainless steel water bottles hold up better, and longer than disposable or reusable plastic bottles, which can crack easily or damage in the sun. Plastic also contains chemicals such as BPA, giving up plastic water bottles can eliminate any health risk.

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    Green transportation is another affordable way to implement sustainable living. About 30% of vehicles do not have properly inflated tires, which can increase fuel costs by 10%. Tires with low pressure can also reduce the life of the tire by one year, and can increase the likelihood of damage. Checking for proper inflation on tires is good for the vehicle, and the environment. 

    Living a car-less lifestyle is another way to reduce environmental impact and go green. If living car-less is not a feasible option, try living less-car. Living without a car in rural areas is more difficult than urban settings, but there are many alternative modes of transportation. Carpool is a great option for transportation to work and school. This can help save on emissions and gas. Public transportation is almost always an option, from busses to trains or zip cars, many cities and towns offer group transportation options. Riding a bicycle is one of the quickest modes of manual transportation. With streets lined with bike lines, most cities are biker friendly and offer routes just for bicyclists.

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    Going green can easily be implemented into daily routines, and can help save money while improving quality of life. Getting rid of junk mail, water bottles and alternative modes of transportation are a great way to implement sustainable living into daily life. With the right alternatives and transitions, anyone can make their lifestyle a sustainable one.

Topics: Earth Day, Sustainability

Go Green with OnTrac During the Month of April

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 11:32:33 AM

ontrac-tree-in-a-box.pngAlthough National Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, many companies and organizations celebrate the entire month of April making it Earth Month. At OnTrac, we do our part every day to take care of the environment and we hope you are too. Being a SmartWay Transport Partner is one of the ways we reduce our footprint and act as an example within the logistics industry. Over $24.9 billion dollars in fuel costs have been saved through this program and the 3,000 SmartWay Transport Partners who participate.

Another way that we at OnTrac are celebrating Earth Day every day is through our PDF invoicing. All of our customers are encouraged to Go Green with OnTrac by switching to PDF Invoicing to no longer receive invoices by mail. OnTrac offers PDF Invoicing in a new, easy to read format. It’s extremely easy to switch by calling the Billing department at 877-227-5139. We hope that all of our customers take advantage of this opportunity to reduce waste and elect PDF Invoicing.

Not only is April Earth Month, it is also National Volunteer Month, which are two themes that go great together. As stated in the Huffington Post, there are more than 62 million Americans who donate about 8 billion hours of their time a year to the causes and organizations that mean the most to them. Based on scientific research, volunteering is good for maintaining physical and mental health, with benefits such as lower blood pressure, less stress and living longer lives. Not only should we celebrate those who volunteer, we should also volunteer ourselves. Perhaps participating in an organized cleanup event at your nearby park interests you.

For more information on switching to PDF Invoicing, click here.

Click on the links for more information on National Earth Day or Earth Month.

For more information on National Volunteer Month, click here.

Resource: Huffington Post

Topics: Earth Day, Go Green, SmartWay Partner, PDF Invoicing,, National Volunteer Month,

Blue & Gold Saves Green. OnTrac & the SmartWay Transport Partnership

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 1:15:00 PM
earthDay finalgraphicEarth Day is just a few weeks away, and it's a great time to explore how OnTrac is doing its part to reduce transportation-related carbon, energy use, and air emissions.

Trucking companies are responsible for 84% of the commercial transportation industry–about 5% of America's GDP. Truckers log about 93.5 billion highway miles per year in the US, enough to circle the globe almost 4 million times! Ground transportation is a core part of our economy and way of life, and it needs to be done responsibly. 

Queue SmartWay 
SmartWay is a voluntary program developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasses. Since 2004, actions taken by SmartWay Transport Partners have saved over 120 million barrels of oil, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for an entire year! 

"SmartWay offers shippers and their carriers a win-win-win situation," SmartWay Logosays
Casey Chroust, former Executive Vice President for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). "The reason is very simple. It reduces transportation costs, it increases supply chain efficiency, and it reduces the environmental footprint." 

SmartWay Transport Partners 
More than 3,000 shippers and carriers including OnTrac are active SmartWay Transport Partners, and have contributed to lowering CO2 emissions by 51.6 million metric tons. That's the same as the amount of CO2 emitted from burning 276,000 railcars full of coal. 

Companies use reporting tools developed by the EPA to archive their environmental efficiency, and adopt new and SmartWay-approved technologies and practices to save money and the environment. When it comes to Ground shipping, OnTrac and other carriers have added some of these great features to their fleets: 
  • Newer tractors with lower emissions and better fuel economy. Tractor models are 2007 or newer, and their engines are designated to meet U.S. EPA NOx/PM emission requirements. 
  • Low Rolling Resistant (LRR) tires. Rolling resistance is the force a tire needs to keep moving down the road; the lower the resistance, the greater the fuel economy. LRR tires can improve fuel economy by 3% when properly maintained. 
  • Aerodynamics. Tractors and trailers have fairing, or panels, that reduce drag on the fuel tank, cab roof, and below the trailer. Mirrors and bumpers also have aerodynamic designs. 
  • Idling Controls. Tractors have sources of auxiliary power, such as a generator or battery, to operate heating, cooling and electronic equipment. No need to keep the engine running. 

The Fleet of Tomorrow, Today 
Equipment performance guidelines are only a part of what OnTrac and other SmartWay carriers are doing to improve sustainability. Technology continues to play a big role in the supply chain as carriers use things like GPS-enabled trailers and route optimization software to reduce empty and partial miles, making every line haul count. 

Responsible shipping is important,  SmartWay Environment Guidelinesand SmartWay Transport Partners like OnTrac recognize that sustainability impacts more than just the environment. Newer equipment means fast and reliable ground delivery. Greater efficiencies directly impact our ability to offer more affordable ground shipping rates. And affordable shipping rates allow companies to give you the best deal possible. Now that's a win-win-win situation.

Topics: EPA, Earth Day, Ground Shipping, SmartWay Partner

Go Green with OnTrac and our Customers!

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Today, more than ever, there is a focus on the need for “Going Green” at the corporate level.  OnTrac Customer, C.W. Driver, understands the need for social responsiveness and sustainability as it relates to building and construction.  This focus results in many adaptive re-use, renovation and modernization techniques on smaller, new construction projects.  C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western United States since 1919, has established a Special Projects Group, Driver SPG, in order to become a player in this expanding market.

Historically C.W. Driver has not targeted these projects, specializing instead on large-scale new construction and project management.  However, with the rising focus on sustainability, C.W. Driver and Driver SPG are capitalizing on this opportunity to stay at the forefront of these efforts.

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As leaders in General Contracting and Construction Management services, they remain on the cutting-edge across a broad spectrum of industries including education, healthcare/biomedical, entertainment, retail, tenant improvement, and hospitality. Landmark projects, historical renovations, and occupied campus programs have distinguished C.W. Driver as leaders in their field.

Driver SPG is a standalone company headquartered in Anaheim, California and serves all of C.W. Driver’s key regions: Los Angeles, Orange, Ontario, Ventura, San Diego, and the Inland Empire.  Operating with less overhead, Driver SPG provides cost-effective project delivery without sacrificing the high level of quality and service that has made C.W. Driver the leading construction firm in Southern California.

Driver SPG clients benefit from enhanced efficiency and flexibility.  OnTrac understands the importance of these standards and is willing to go the extra mile for our customers like, Driver SPG. 

Cecilia Ulloa, Office Manager for Driver SPG, shares, “We have been using OnTrac services daily for over a year and are very happy with the service.”  Ulloa boasts, “OnTrac has been wonderful for all of our shipping needs!”

Driver SPG has access to C.W. Driver’s advanced technological resources including Building Information Modeling (BIM), and proven cost and time management systems.  

“We are a business that also believes in using environmental safe products and have a recycle bin,” Ulloa states.  “Until OnTrac, I had not found anyone else who would recycle these for us.”

OnTrac offers a recycling program through our supplier, Canyon Computer Supplies, which allows our customers to recycle their empty printer cartridges.  Customers can send their empty cartridges directly to OnTrac and, in turn, Canyon Computer Supplies will pick up these empties to be recycled. Another option is to go directly to http://tonerrecycle.net/ where customers can select a recycling option that best meets their needs.

OnTrac recycles with Canyon Computer SuppliesRemanufacturing toners keeps more than 42,000 tons of plastic, metal and toner out of the waste stream. For every cartridge that is remanufactured, a “core,” or spent cartridge is reused. Each core is made of approximately two and a half pounds of plastic, and without remanufacturing, that core would end up going into the waste stream.  The plastic used in a typical cartridge is industrial-grade and does not begin to degrade for at least 10 centuries, or 1,000 years.

The vendor supplies from Canyon Computer Supplies are environmentally friendly too. They conserve nature's resources by reusing non-wearing plastic shells and metal components from spent OEM cartridges. Canyon Computer Supplies and their vendors are proud to manufacture more than 80,000 environmentally conscious toner cartridges every month in addition to providing recycling services for OnTrac and other companies.

Using Remanufactured Toner Cartridges benefits all of us:

• Substantial fossil fuel and energy savings (generally, 95% of the energy used to make OEM cartridges)
• Reduction in pollution associated with extraction of virgin resources
• Each remanufactured cartridge lifecycle saves as much as one pint of oil
• Reduction in pollution associated with manufacturing new, OEM products
• Reduction in landfill-destined waste

Earth Day Recycle with OnTrac

 

OnTrac is proud to create programs that help our customers continue be eco-friendly.   

Ulloa adds, “Thank you for making recycling easier and more convenient!”  Help us preserve our environment for generations to come. Please reduce, reuse and recycle.

Topics: Earth Day, Go Green, environment, OnTrac