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Norway, Iowa (September 27, 2007) — Recognizing that it takes energy to ship products as well as make to them, Frontier Natural Products Co-op's distribution center, Frontier Direct, is offsetting carbon generated from shipping in the same manner as it does that from its operational electrical use. By implementing a program to calculate the emissions of its order shipping and purchase offsetting renewable energy credits through Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), Frontier has become one of the first distribution centers to provide 100% carbon neutral shipping.
"We have partnered with BEF to offset the carbon emissions resulting from our operations for some time now," says Kimberly Dickey, Frontier's Environmental Sustainability Manager. "We worked with FEDEX, our primary shipper, to determine the energy used to ship our orders and purchased the additional credits necessary to offset the carbon emissions. This year we will offset 343.5 metric tons generated from shipping over 170,000 packages."
Dickey points out that Frontier Direct also uses 100% post consumer waste recycled fiber boxes, soy ink printing, recycled and recyclable packaging that is sourced locally for its shipping operations, meaning order distribution is essentially zero environmental impact.
As a result of Frontier's commitment to renewable energy, the company has qualified to join the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Partnership Program.
"Green power offers us an opportunity to support naturally renewable energy alternatives that reduce the use of non-renewable and toxic fossil or nuclear fuels," says Dickey. "The need to reduce global carbon output is undeniable. It's in all our interests to find innovative ways to help in that process."
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Frontier Natural Products Co-op™
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM) offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at www.frontiercoop.com.
About Bonneville Environmental Foundation
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1998 to restore watershed ecosystems and further the development and use of new renewable energy resources. Through revenues generated from the sales of green power products such a Green Tags, BEF funds projects that restore damaged watersheds and support new renewable energy products from solar, wind and biomass. BEF pioneered the sale of Green Tags in 2000 and has helped establish national standards for certification and trading. Go to www.b-e-f.org or www.GreenTagsUSA.org to learn more about BEF.