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Our Environmental and Community Commitment
Safety Emporium Is Powered 100% by On-Site Solar Energy
Safety Emporium is proud to announce that effective mid-July of 2011, 100% of our electric energy needs are being fulfilled with solar power.
We achieved this goal using an on-site photovoltaic (PV) array rather than taking the easy way out and purchasing "green" power credits produced elsewhere. The picture shown on the left is part of the array that is installed on our roof. This system powers everything from our lights to our web servers.
Of course, PV arrays don't produce energy at night, so we have to draw power from the grid from time to time. But the power we produce during the day exceeds our consumption and that excess is fed back into the grid during the time of greatest demand. The State of New Jersey's net metering program makes this all possible.
The net effect is that we produce as much (or more) solar electricity than we consume, and we are reducing the need to construct additional fossil fuel power plants and suffer the ecological damage they cause (black lung disease, mountaintop removal, strip mining, heavy metal emissions, smokestack pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, toxic fly ash disposal etc.).
This move is part of Safety Emporium's commitment to maintaining our environment and a sustainable future. Some other examples of our leadership in this area include:
Packages that leave our main facility utilize 100% re-used internal packaging materials (foam peanuts, paper etc.). Reuse is even better for the environment than recycling as it requires no additional resources or energy.
Cardboard boxes that come into our main facility are retasked for outbound shipments or sold/given to others for reuse. Boxes that are not structurally sound are recycled.
We recycle 100% of our office paper and consumer wastes (plastic bottles, aluminum cans etc. generated by our staff).
We ship many items direct from the manufacturer. This saves on fuel and other resources that would ordinarily be used to ship goods to us before shipping them to our customers.
We seek out domestic manufacturers whenever possible. This eliminates the energy spent shipping materials from overseas, and helps ensure that our products were produced in compliance with US environmental, consumer, and health/safety regulations.
Supporting our Community
ILPI believes in giving back to our local community. We focus our efforts on areas in which we can contribute expertise and manpower. To this end, we support our employees with full pay while they participate in Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity's efforts to provide a hand up (not handout) with safe, decent and affordable housing in our local area. Instead of going to work, employees may choose to spend up to one work day each week working with Habitat.
This ongoing commitment means our employees may participate in Habitat builds two mornings a week and on Saturdays. Don't be surprised if you call or email in the morning and find out that most of our staff is on a work site rather than the office. But don't worry, we will always be available to take your calls, emails, questions, and orders no matter where we are!
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