Hey there! At Parker + Scott General Store, we’re passionate about promoting sustainability in all aspects of our business. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Ridwell, a Seattle-based company on a mission to help people reduce waste by recycling hard-to-recycle items.

Recycling is a crucial component of sustainable living. Did you know that every year, Americans produce over 250 million tons of waste? Unfortunately, a significant portion of this waste comes from packaging materials. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, packaging materials account for over 45% of all waste generated in the United States. That’s why businesses like ours must take action.

We chose to partner with Ridwell because they share our values when it comes to sustainability. Ridwell’s mission is to make it easy for people to recycle hard-to-recycle items. They collect batteries, light bulbs, styrofoam, and cork, which are often difficult to recycle, and ensure they are disposed of responsibly.

To give you an idea of why recycling hard-to-recycle items is so crucial, here are a few statistics:

  • Only 10% of batteries are recycled in the US, and the rest end up in landfills, where they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil and water (source: Earth911).
  • Styrofoam takes over 500 years to decompose, and it’s not biodegradable, so it never really goes away (source: National Geographic).
  • Every year, Americans throw away enough plastic bottles to circle the earth four times (source: EarthDay.org).

As a business, we believe it’s our responsibility to reduce waste and promote sustainability. By partnering with Ridwell, we’re able to make a meaningful impact on the environment by ensuring that hard-to-recycle items are disposed of responsibly.

We love that Ridwell is transparent with their operations. When you sign up for Ridwell’s service, you can track where your items are going and how they’re being recycled. This level of transparency builds trust with customers and ensures that everyone is doing their part to protect the environment.

Ridwell also offers convenience. As a small business, we don’t have the resources to collect and recycle all the hard-to-recycle items our customers bring in. That’s where Ridwell comes in. They provide collection boxes in our store, making it easy for you to recycle your items. All you have to do is drop off your items, and Ridwell takes care of the rest.

We believe that partnering with Ridwell is a win-win for everyone involved. It’s good for the environment, good for our customers, and good for our business. By making it easy for people to recycle hard-to-recycle items, we’re helping build a more sustainable future for everyone.

We also want to let you know that if you recycle with us, we’ll give you a 10% discount. However, please note that we can only accept the hard-to-recycle items that Ridwell takes.

At Parker + Scott General Store, we’re committed to promoting sustainability beyond our partnership with Ridwell. We encourage our customers to take other steps to reduce waste and promote sustainability, such as using our refill bar, where you can bring your containers to refill with home cleaning supplies. Additionally, we stock our store with products that are sustainably made, recyclable, or compostable.

We hope that our partnership with Ridwell will inspire other businesses in our community to take action and promote sustainability. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about Ridwell or signing up for their service, please visit https://get.ridwell.com/parker-scott.