Environmental

AbleNet is committed to using sustainable resources, reducing our carbon footprint, and being forward-thinking in how decisions we make today may impact the environment. Some of the initiatives we have already put in place are:

  • We have revamped a majority of our product packaging to use boxes and paper manuals made from recycled content. Also, we have made changes to individual products. The Specs switch moved from plastic blister packaging to corrugated packaging made from recycled content. BIGtrack has moved from a plastic insert to a molded pulp insert that can be recycled almost anywhere.
  • We have partnered with a local firm that refurbishes and repurposes used wooden shipping pallets to ensure they do not end up in a landfill.
  • We have reduced the amount of electricity our distribution center uses by installing skylights that let in natural light during the day and replacing all light fixtures with low-consumption LED light fixtures.
  • We recycle all electronics that are no longer usable.
  • We print our biannual catalog on paper made from recycled materials.
  • We have moved to electronic invoicing and payments to reduce the amount of paper consumed and fuel used to distribute the mail.
  • We protect product shipments with air pillow packing material made from recycled plastic. The protective air pillows are recyclable and reduce the number of products that need to be re-shipped due to damage caused in transit.
  • We analyzed our shipments and optimized the box sizes we use to reduce the amount of air shipped with each order. Also, we consolidate shipments to reduce the amount of packaging material used and fuel used to distribute multiple packages.
  • We have partnered with a local organization to repurpose boxes. Boxes that cannot be repurposed are recycled.
  • We follow the guidelines of REACH, Prop 65 RoHS, and CPSIA and do not use materials of high concern in our products. Also, we comply with the Dodd-Frank Act and do not intentionally use conflict minerals in our products.
  • We donate computer equipment that is no longer used by the AbleNet team to PCs for People. PCs for People removes all data from the equipment, then refurbishes and donates the equipment to low-income families.
  • We reduce the number of inbound shipments to AbleNet by consolidating shipments from multiple vendors.