As a rebellious kid, I listened to explicit hip-hop despite my parents’ wishes. For those who can relate, you’ll remember the term “O.G.” I can’t say that I ever actually wanted to be an O.G. (Original Gangster), but that was what young punks like me thought was cool. Well, now I can claim association with an O.G., but this time I’m not referring to Snoop Dogg’s posse. I’m referring to Original Greenies.
When Eco-Products was founded in 1990, we were the first business-to-business distributor in the nation solely of environmental products. And we were also the first company in our industry to sell nothing but green products. Friday is Eco-Products’ 20th anniversary. Relative to the packaging industry as a whole, we haven’t been around as long as some. But relative to the green movement, Eco-Products was one of the originals. That is a hell of an accomplishment. I think all of this qualifies us as being an O.G. We have been green-blooded from the start. We were green before green was a commonly used term.
What’s exciting about this to me is that we’ve strengthened our commitment to sustainability even more as time has passed. We’ve invested in carbon offsets, pushed the boundaries of what is the norm for materials used in packaging products, paid employees to carpool or ride bikes, and invested heavily in our overall corporate sustainability. During the recent economic downturn when our industry was in decline, we hired a full time employee as our “Sustainability Maven” to do nothing but measure and improve our sustainability practices. We could have hired a sales person instead to drive more sales, or we could have not hired anyone at all and just pocketed the money. But that’s not what our mission is. We believed that if we did even more to be sustainable it would pay dividends to our triple bottom line – people, planet and profits – in the long run.
When I write blog posts, there’s a fine line I find myself walking between bragging about all of the cool things that Eco-Products is doing and trying not to make this a nothing-but-Eco-Products blog. The only way readers will get value from this blog is if it talks about broader sustainability topics. However, right now, I’m bragging about my company. I’m proud of Eco-Products. We are committed to our mission, and it’s exciting to be part of a company that truly is driving change in such a massive industry. You can read more about the history of how Steve Savage and his father Kent started the company in their garage here…
I’ll leave you with Ice T’s song “Original Gangster” from 1991… oh, I remember when I used to own that album.