US Postal Service goes green, saves customers cash

WASHINGTON (WMBF) - It is no secret that the holidays are a busy time for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and this year green is more than just a seasonal color.

The USPS is helping shippers go green while saving their own green by sending holiday gifts and shipments in eco-responsible packaging.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve the USPS will deliver more than 18 million cards, letters and packages with nearly 214,000 vehicles, according to a press release from the USPS.

"The Postal Service is one of the greenest mailing and shipping companies in the world," said Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day. "We offer more than a half-billion eco-responsible mailing and shipping supplies, free package pickup, and almost everything you can do at the Post Office, you can do online. So skip the trip and save fuel this Yule."

The USPS does what they can in their power to help reduce carbons with green packaging, green postage, green shipping and green delivery as well as recycling.

When the USPS uses packaging with recycled content they reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the environment.

Some of these mailing supplies, such as Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging are free and can be ordered online for delivery.

The green efforts don't stop when packages leave the post office, but continue with delivery.

"The Postal Service's 'fleet of feet' delivers mail the greenest way possible, by walking," Day said. "More than 8,000 of our carriers will be delivering holiday mail on foot this season."

With the green efforts made by the USPS, shipping a present to someone else this holiday season also gives back to the environment.

To learn more about how the U.S. Postal Service's sustainability efforts click here.

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