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BuzzMug.com works hard to be green and be friendly to our environment. Many products we sell are designed to help reduce the environmental impact. Below are some methods in which BuzzMug.com helps reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce:

  • Packing Peanuts: Our packing peanuts are environmentally friendly. The peanuts inside your packages contain degradable, reusable packing peanuts. These peanuts safely cushion your items just as well as polystyrene peanuts, but do not have the negative environmental impact. Our packing peanuts are:

    • 100% biodegradable
    • FDA approved
    • Water soluble (a little water will dissolve them right in front of your eyes!)
    • Safe and easy
    • Durable and lightweight
    • Suitable for composting
    • Reusable (you never have to send them to a landfill)

  • Brown Packing Paper: In some cases we will pack your order with brown paper. The paper we use is carefully chosen and is:

    • Made from 100% recycled material
    • Is reusable
    • Is 100% biodegradable

  • Travel Mug Products: By purchasing and using reusable travel mugs, you will be reducing your footprint on the environment. Considering how big the coffee industry has become, it's difficult to determine just how many disposable coffee cups get used annually. According to Rob Martin, the Vice President of Merchandising and Production for Tully's Coffee, Americans' consume more than 16 billion paper cups every year!

    • By using a reusable travel mug, that you can use to fill up on coffee at your favorite coffee shop, convenience store or gas station, you are doing your part to reduce the amount of cups that go to the landfill.
    • In 2006, it is estimated that paper cups accounted for 252 million pounds of garbage resting in landfills.
    • Paper cup use in 2006 also accounted for 4 billion gallons of water wasted, 6.5 million trees cut down, and 4,884 billion BTU's of energy used.
    • Generally, manufacturing reusable cups creates a bigger environmental impact than that of paper cups. However, that impact lessens over time as the reusable cup is reused. A study conducted by Sustainability Engineer Pablo Paster shows that after 24 uses, a stainless steel mug breaks even with paper cups. Considering that most reusable mugs are designed to be used for 3000 uses, the positive environmental impact of reusables can be enormous.
    • In 2003, Starbucks found that coffee drinkers used reusable cups an estimated 13.5 million times, which kept 586,800 pounds of garbage out of landfills. In 2006, this number increased to 17 million and an estimated 674,000 pounds of avoided waste.
    • Waste, natural resources, and damage done by green house gases are all decreased by reusable cups after only 24 uses. As an added bonus, reusable cups help cut supply costs for coffee houses. That discount is often passed on to consumers - saving everyone money.
    • Information courtesy of Sustainablityissexy.com

Reuse:

  • Packing Materials: BuzzMug receives merchandise from our distributors and manufacturers on a regular basis. We put a lot of effort in trying to reuse the packing materials that our merchandise arrives in.

    • Boxes: We save many boxes in which we receive our goods (depending upon the condition), and reuse as many as possible when shipping items to our customers. Each time we do this, we get one more use out of a box created from our natural resources. Then, when our customers save and reuse these boxes, the positive trend continues.

    • Packing Materials: BuzzMug.com attempts to reuse packing materials too. From packing peanuts to bubble wrap to packing paper, if we can reuse it, we will!

  • Scratch n' Dent Items: Occasionally we receive returns of items with small blemishes. Or, we will receive blemished items from our manufacturers.

    • Instead of disposing of these, we will sometimes offer them for sale at reduced prices.
    • The reason for this is NOT profit. The reason is that by doing so, we can reduce the amount of non-biodegradable items going into our landfills. Other than cosmetic blemishes, these items are otherwise in perfect condition.
    • NOTE: We will ONLY offer these items if they are safe, unused and in otherwise good shape (again, we are referring to cosmetic blemishes, and not mechanically defective items).

Recycle:

  • BuzzMug.com pays a monthly fee to have our recyclables transported to an appropriate recycling facility. We recycle all applicable boxes, paper, catalogs, plastics and other items that can be recycled. It's a cost of doing business that is very well worth it to us.

Community Involvement:

  • In an effort to support health and environmentally sustainable transportation, we sometimes sponsor events related to bicycling and running. Some of these events and methods of support are:

    • Go! Off Road Duathalon - Ride and run in Prescott, AZ during the Ides of March in the GORD! This off road duathlon will have a 1.5 mile trail run, a 8.1 mile mountain bike, and finish with a 2.2 mile trail run. Click to see more on this event

    • Whiskey Off Road - An endurance mountain bike event in Prescott, Arizona. This event attracts hundreds of mountain bike riders from all over Arizona and the Southwestern United States. This is one of Northern Arizona's highest profile bike events. BuzzMug.com is proud to be an underwriter of this event. Click here for more info on the Whiskey Off Road event.

    • One Street - One Street serves organization leaders around the world because in order to increase bicycling worldwide, all organizations working to increase bicycling must operate at the highest level. We know that increasing bicycling will solve many of the world's problems and aim to guide these organizations onto the smoothest path to prosperity. BuzzMug is proud to be a top supporter of One Street.

    • Groom Creek Community Classic - BuzzMug is a proud sponsor of this annual 5k and 10k run event held in Prescott, AZ. BuzzMug assists with the online marketing for this event. The Groom Creek Community Classic raises funds for worthwhile charities and organizations. These organizations, such as the Yavapai Humane Society, the Red Cross and the Arizona 100 Club give a lot back to our community.
 
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