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Sprint Pushes the Envelope to Reduce Its Environmental Footprint

June 6, 2012
SAN DIEGO, CA—June 6, 2012—At the Sustainable Brands Conference, Sprint Nextel unveiled how it will help change the face of customer invoicing and direct mail with an inventive two-in-one reusable envelope. The new ecoEnvelope allows customers to receive and remit payment using the same envelope—making bill payment easier, minimizing mail costs, reducing paper use, and lowering environmental impact.

The new envelope means customers reduce paper waste and conserve natural resources. In just over a year, Sprint estimates the new envelope format will save just under a half million dollars in operational costs and the equivalent of:
  • 447 tons of paper,
  • 1,669 tons of wood (11,565 trees),
  • 9,931,834 gallons of water,
  • 859,047 pounds of solid waste (31 loaded garbage trucks), and
  • 2,692,185 pounds of CO² (244 cars off the road/year).

Sprint Nextel eco Envelope
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“Sprint is the first wireless carrier and only one of a few select retailers to offer the ecoEnvelope to their customers,” said Scott Rice, vice president-Care and Billing Services, Sprint. “While more than 30 percent of Sprint accounts currently use a paperless billing option, many customers prefer to receive a paper invoice.

“The new bill format not only gives our customers a convenient method to remit payment but it will reduce paper waste, conserve natural resources, and lower paper consumption for Sprint. As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, using paper responsibly to reduce our footprint is an important part of our overall commitment,” Rice added.

The shift to ecoEnvelope was part of Sprint’s broader commitment to responsibly procure printing paper as reflected in its recently updated Paper & Print Procurement Policy. The policy highlights Sprint’s commitment to support sustainable forest management, work with environmentally and socially responsible suppliers, purchase paper with more recycled content, and optimize its paper use.

Sprint’s policy was updated with support from environmental not-for-profit Canopy, which specializes in collaborating with large-scale forest product customers to ensure sustainable supply chains. The results of this collaboration include Sprint's commitment to raise its goal for use of recycled content to 25 percent by 2017, support innovation by encouraging development of alternative paper fiber sources, such as residue from agricultural crops, and reduce the toxic chlorine in bleaching.

The new policy also includes commitments to pursue supplier assessments with Canopy using Chain of Custody forms to ensure Sprint paper products do not come from endangered forests and other controversial sources, and to work with Canopy to encourage progress on global forest conservation initiatives.
 

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