2009-05-07 iGPS helps plant trees (Modern Materials Handling)
All-plastic pallet rental company helps restore San Bernardino
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), which provides the world’s first all-plastic pallet rental service with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, has helped to plant 100,000 trees in the wildfire-ravaged San Bernardino National Forest in California, according to a release from the company.
The company began a partnership in 2008 with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), promising to make a contribution whenever the company rented a pallet over a two-year period. To date, those contributions have funded the planting of 100,000 pine and fir seedlings in the national forest.
Forest fires heavily damaged the area two years ago. The new plantings are part of an ongoing effort by the foundation to re-forest the land. The newly planted trees will help to absorb atmospheric carbon during their lifetime, while providing improved recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat and fresh water resources for the many visitors and communities served by the San Bernardino National Forest.
"The more we learn about dangerous climate change, the more scientists point to deforestation as a principal cause. Every time our planet loses a tree it further damages our climate, our wildlife and our health," says Bob Moore, chief executive officer of iGPS. "As a company committed to the wellbeing of our planet, we are delighted to be working with the National Forest Foundation to help save our forests, a resource that scientists call 'the Earth's lungs.'"
"We want to thank iGPS for its commitment to our nation's forests. Thanks to their generosity and support, we are making a difference," says NFF president Bill Possiel.
iGPS has had a reputation of conservation and sustainability, developing
plastic pallets that weigh less than wooden version, and contain
RFID tags for tracking and tracing. The company has said part of
the reason it developed the pallets was to reduce deforestation
involved in producing traditional wooden pallets.