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Tesla Motors Awarded Grant Money for Green Packaging Materials

Oakland — The “Use Reusables” campaign, led by public agency Stopwaste.Org, has awarded $79,500 in grant funding to help six businesses replace limited-life transport packaging materials with durable, reusable alternatives, on a pilot project basis.

The grantees are non-profit MedShare (San Leandro, CA), Tesla Motors (Fremont, CA), Veritable Vegetable (San Francisco, CA), America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company (Oakland, CA), Straus Family Creamery (Petaluma, CA) and Shin Shin Foods (Portland, OR).

Each organization will transition a portion of their operations from expendable transport packaging materials—such as boxes, pallets and stretch film—to reusables, also contributing significant investment of their own.

Taken together, the six projects will eliminate 150 tons of packaging waste and reduce costs by approximately $675,000 each year. In addition, the projects will prevent and estimated 1,730 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), over their estimated lifetime.

“Reusable transport packaging can bring considerable benefits to organizations of all sizes in many different industries, from family-run dairies to major players in the automotive industry,” said Justin Lehrer, program manager at StopWaste.Org who leads the Use Reusables campaign. “These pilot projects will demonstrate to the larger business community that reusable transport packaging helps increase supply chain efficiencies while reducing environmental impacts.”
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