In case you haven't heard, we manufacture our products in the USA. Because we make our products from raw materials, we are responsible for managing the manufacturing waste, which included: paper or chipboard scraps, foil (from imprinting), ink canisters, and even shipping supplies like plastic film and pallets.
So what's an American manufacter of promotional products to do?
We take recycling seriously. What we send to our various recycling facilities each week varies depending on what we are currently manufacturing.
According to paperrecycles.org, it is estimated that every ton of paper that is recycled saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
So how much landfill space does Warwick not fill up by recycling? In any given month, we can generate up to 40,000 pounds of recyclable material (or 20 tons). That's a lot of weight—and a lot of landfill space that isn't being filled.
Three times heavier than an African elephant.
Three times heavier than a T-Rex.
40 times heavier than a grand piano.
That's a lot of volume recycled from just one manufacturer—
and it's a lot of waste that has been diverted from the landfill.
There are many reasons why manufacturing from raw materials is good for business.
The main reason?
If we see too much waste being created, we figure our how we can maximize each sheet of paperboard so that we cut out all that we can on each piece—thus creating less waste.
Because as much as we enjoy recycling, using more of the raw material to make products instead of sending it off as manufacturing waste is our ultimate goal.
The first part of this answer includes a history lesson.
We started off as a newspaper publisher in 1881. In 1926, as the presses were sitting idle, Paul Paschal decided, "Why not use these machines to make calendars?"
And that's why we started making promo out of paper: utilize the equipment and materials we already had to increase revenue.
Which brings us to the second part of the answer, and it's a pretty simply answer.
Promotional products made out of paper have a pretty circular lifestyle. Here's how: it's easy to regrow the tree that makes the raw material (paper), and the end result is recyclable and often biodegradable.
And paper recycling is so easy to do! Roughly 66% of all paper products are being recycled.
So that brings up the question: why not make promotional products out of paper? It's been a sustainable solution all along.