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Mar 17, 2013
I like the recycling of boxes for tubes.
Custumer from montréal Canada
Jan 18, 2013
I like your product and your compagny I find your productand told my friends to try. Excuse my english is not so good ,
May 03, 2011
Fantastic! Wish all companies would look at their waste stream & packaging responsibly. It's a win/win...economically and environmentally.
Feb 28, 2011
It is wonderful to see how committed you are to the environment and helping others and the planet we live on.
Jul 08, 2010
Mina, I believe the reason that they box it is for marketing purposes. They have to position the product where as it appeals better to the customer than competitors products.
Jun 29, 2010
And then you wrap the boxes into plastic foil - now that makes perfect sense! lol
Tom's product user
Jun 27, 2010
This may seem crazy, but is there any value in consumers saving our own purchased product packaging and returning it to you?
Mar 04, 2009
Wow, I think it's really great that you reuse shipping boxes. I hope more companies catch on. But I was wondering, why do you package your toothpaste (and deodorant) in individual boxes? I recently moved to Germany and none of the toothpaste or deodorant here is individually boxed, so I know it's possible. Imagine how much paper you could save! And money!
T.O.M. video watcher
Feb 26, 2009
This video needs to be turned into a commercial for all of America to see. And then invite the viewers to go to your site to see more videos. Brilliant. Kudos to T.O.M.!
Student at RWU
Jan 29, 2009
Getting together with your customers to be able to re-use the boxes is a great idea. We tried that with our largest customer bu they destroy our big boxes when trying to access the parts we ship them. We are now trying re-useable plastic containers and so far so good. This saves us the cost of buying more big boxes and the plastic containers come with drop down doors for better accessibility. With this economy we have to find ways to conserve and re-use whatever is possible.
in home health care
Jan 26, 2009
I have all the people who work with me recycling everythng at work, we re-sue paper to halp save the forests, we recycle cans, we donate unwatned books and items to school and local shelters
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Jan 14, 2009
what a great story.
am a worker
Dec 29, 2008
i want to know more about natural care of toms maine
Website Leader, Tom's of Maine
Dec 19, 2008
Caroline, I love your mention of recycling kitchen scraps with worms...that's something that even city dwellers can do, I think there are very contained, non-smelly little containers that you can purchase with the worms to do this for you. It's definitely something I want to try since I will be attempting a container garden on my roofdeck next year and would love to have my own compost to spread! I've never been much of a gardener but I'm having my first child soon and want very much to raise him/her around the idea of growing one's own food and understanding our relationship with nature.
Caroline Couture Taylor
Researcher, wine maker and red worm grower
Bonjour once again, Tom of Maine people and owners,
I have been making wine for 7 years with a wine club, here, just south of Seattle. It took me 5 years to figure out to stop bottling my wine from the 5 gallons glass carboys that holds the wine.
Now instead of recycling tons of empty bottles of wine, I no longer recycle wine bottles.
I use only two bottles that I keep refilling from the carboy.
So instead of having hundreds of bottles of wine in my wine cellar, I have 5 gallons carboys. One carboy is around 24 bottles of wine.
Recently, I am using canvas bags to go shopping. The grocery plastic bags drove me bananas, finally. Such a waste yet it took me that long to get it.
In order to help our environment, we must first learn to respect who we are. Your brain and your body is just as important as the planet.
I am recycling kitchen scraps with my red worms and the compost I get out of it is rich in nutrients for my garden and plants.
I recycle every thing that can be recycled because it is cheaper for me to recycle than it is to throw it in the trash.
Trash is expensive to dispose of, that is why we need to educate the world about recycling.
Caroline Couture Taylor
Dec 11, 2008
I love this story, I hope other companies are inspired by this, it just seems like good business to me.
Very cool, if everyone did more to reuse, that reduces the burden on waste, and even recycling. It costs less, and uses less material!
Dec 10, 2008
Supply Chain Logistics Leader
Dec 08, 2008
Allison, to answer your question, we have roughly 50,000 cases in circulation, and have saved about 1 million cases over the past 10 years as a result.
Website leader, Tom's of Maine
Dec 05, 2008
Karla, refilling wine, now that's a great idea! I'm not sure I've ever seen anyplace in the U.S. that does that...maybe in Napa Valley? Certainly not here in Maine...we're not really a hotbed of wine-growing or wine-making.
It's a sometimes commonly held misconception that other countries are better at conservation and innovation regarding renewable resources than the U.S. I learned, at a lecture on architectural building materials, that a more true fact is they're better only because they historically squandered their resources. Necessity forced innovation. Makes sense.
I admire Tom's initiative.
Buying bulk so as to minimize packaging is appealing. I order a favorite coconut lotion by the half gallon, refilling smaller bottles. It's not a huge cost savings; I do it to save on the number of bottles I place in recycling. I was able to apply the same concept in France. I did my part by purchasing the glass bottle and refilling wine from the casks at the charcuterie (market).
Student at Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Great story! I would love to hear more about the metrics behind the reuse program. How many boxes are in circulation and, over a ten year period, how many boxes have you avoided introducing into the supply chain?
Small Step Story: The graduate school I attend offers an MBA which focuses on the economic, environmental, and social justice impacts/operations of an organization. In 2002 they started with a class of just 14 students. Now, in 2008, they enroll over 150 students that hope to change the way business is done!
Thanks for being a company that has honorable values and acts on them!
Inside Sales Rep at Tom's (and Tom's customer!)
Dec 04, 2008
It is so exciting to see that Tom's is yet again pioneering in the field of sustainability! Let this be a great inspiration for all companies--of all sizes--to seek out sustainable solutions that are responsible and save money at the same time.