As I took the used corrugate and paper to the recycling bin today, I was reminded that it was Earth Day. Back in 1970 when Earth Day started, recycling was almost unheard of. It is hard for me to remember that since recycling is now a norm for me. I thought it would be worth letting you know what WAG Products does as a standard part of the manufacture of WaterDog Adventure Gear™ dog ladders. I share this not to toot our own horn, but to lead by example. This is our planet and we need to protect it so that generations to come can enjoy it with their dogs.
Let me say more about paper. We recycle all of the corrugates we receive parts in. Where practical, we occasionally reuse them. All paper gets recycled. We even recycle the cores from our packaging tape. We recycle all of our scrap aluminum; even the mandrels from the aluminum pop rivets that hold our step assemblies together. We recycle all aluminum beverage cans as well as plastic bottles. We don’t have container deposits incenting us to do it; we do it because it is the right thing to do. We regrind any scrap plastic parts so the material can be reused in other plastic component manufacturing. We actually purchase recycled HDPE plastic to use for some components. A local pallet manufacturer picks up our old pallets to reuse or recycle. I’m probably missing something, but you get the idea. We have little to no waste that goes to a landfill. Some call it “green manufacturing.” We just think it is common sense.
So the next time you and your dog are outdoors using one of our dog boat ladder or other great products, remember what we are doing and what you are (or could be) doing to save our planet. Happy Earth Day, every day!