Happy Earth Day!
Today is about celebrating the beauty Earth has to offer and realizing that we can all make a difference when it comes to preserving and taking care of the environment we live in. Did you know that the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year? In fact, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times.
To prevent ACK from contributing to all this waste, we’ve implemented streamlined warehouse processes including the eco-friendly mobile technology and our Ugly Box initiative to re-use old boxes (like Girl Scout cookie boxes!) and greatly reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. We also keep recycling bins throughout the office and encourage all our employees to utilize them when they can. If we all took a little time to reduce, reuse, and recycle the things we use every day we can work in cohesion to keep our world fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping and traveling ready for generations to come. So in honor of Earth Day today I thought I’d share 10 fun facts about this amazing planet we call home.
10 EARTH DAY FACTS
- The first Earth Day was April 22nd, 1970
- Over 75% of waste is recyclable but Americans only recycle around 30% of it
- Earth is the only planet known to support an atmosphere with free oxygen, oceans of liquid water on the surface, and life.
- Depending on where you are on Earth, you could be spinning through space at over 1,000 miles per hour
- We have 3 deadly lakes: the Nyos, Monoun, and Kivu. All are located in Cameroon, which borders Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each are crater lakes that release carbon dioxide explosions causing passersby to asphyxiate on the poisonous gas
- Oceans cover some 70% of Earth’s surface
- Antarctica contains about 70% of the Earth’s fresh water and 90% of its ice
- The Great Lakes of North America- Michigan, Huran, Erie, Ontario and Superior-contain 21% of the world’s freshwater supply
- The lowest lake in the world is the Dead Sea. It is 1,371 ft below sea level
- The highest lake in the world is the crater lake of Ojos del Salado at 20,965 ft above sea level
Now get outside and enjoy some sunshine on this beautiful Earth Day!
If you’ve purchased products from AustinKayak.com within the last several months, you may have been surprised when your order arrived, by what appeared to be a box of Girl Scout Cookies. However, after spotting the ACK “Ugly Box” sticker and shipping label, you quickly realized it was not a box of tasty cookies but rather the products you ordered from us. Fact is, most products small enough to fit into those boxes were and are still being shipped in those boxes so we thought it might be a good idea to give you a little insight as to how all this came about.
At ACK, we strive to do our part when it comes to sustainability and are always looking for new ways to improve upon this. In 2009, ACK was awarded the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services WasteSmart award for workplace accomplishments in reducing waste, re-using packaging and buying recycled products. You’ll find we keep very few trashcans in our warehouse. Instead, you are more likely to find labeled boxes that contain plastic bags, foam, paper and plastic sheets, stacks of cardboard and boxes, rolls of bubble wrap and a variety of other materials that can either be reused or recycled. It all starts when we receive inbound shipments. We make sure that we are able to save as much as possible so that we can reuse those materials for shipping your orders.
Amongst this plethora of reusable materials are mountains of those Girl Scout Cookie boxes. This all started about two years ago when we were running low on shipping boxes and Amy, ACK’s Office Manager, brought a load of boxes that her troop had been collecting. The following year Amy asked the service unit and council if they’d like to donate all leftover boxes and they happily agreed, especially since they promote recycling and sustainability to their scouts. It was a great fit! Amy offered to pick up the boxes but many were folks were so happy to learn about the program that they just started bringing loads of boxes to our warehouse. Amy’s 11-year old daughter was central Texas’ top selling scout with over 3,000 cookie boxes sold, congratulations Isabel! With that kind of volume you can imagine the amount of reusable boxes that were delivered to us over the course of the season.
So, next time you get a Girl Scout cookie box, don’t worry, you won’t need to figure out how to hide them for yourself, its probably just cool outdoor gear from ACK!