Here’s a bit of ironic news: the U.S. Postal Service — the organization that creates tons of emissions by flying and driving packages all over the country — is releasing a series of stamps to teach the population about the importance of lowering their carbon footprint. The Go Green stamps feature 16 actions that show consumers ways they can make a positive impact on the environment. If you are a collector of philatelic products, they can now be ordered online at usps.com/green.
The Go Green collection was announced by the Deputy Postmaster General at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, which is located a few steps from the largest garden in the Washington D.C. “We’re creating a culture of conservation at the Postal Service that will have a lasting impact in our workplace and our communities,” said Ronald A. Stroman. “The Go Green stamps carry 16 simple, green messages that have the power to help make the world a better place for us and future generations.”
“With these Go Green stamps, the Postal Service is reminding us of the important steps we can take each day to have an impact on the world around us,” said Jackson. “These stamps demonstrate individual actions — from saving energy or water to reducing waste — that add up to a big difference for our health and our environment.”
Despite the large amount of paper that is used by the company, the USPS is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose stamp products and shipping supplies have earned Cradle to Cradle Certification, meaning they meet established standards for human and environmental health and recyclability. The USPS has tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible since 1999, when it tested the first electric vehicle in Buffalo, NY. Today, the agency operates more than 44,000 alternative fuel-capable mail delivery vehicles across the country, including cars and vans that run on ethanol, biodiesel, compressed natural gas and electricity. Since 2005, the USPS has increased its use of alternative fuels 133 percent, and since 2003, has reduced energy use at its facilities by 28 percent.