Mt. Pleasant, SC (PRWEB) May 03, 2011
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control awarded Mt. Pleasant business, AbundaTrade.com, with the 2011 Smart Green Business Award for outstanding waste reduction and recycling program.
AbundaTrade.com, formerly Millennium Music, welcomed the SCDHEC employees, Richelle Tolton and Christine Sanford-Coker, and was proud to showcase, in person, why the business was ranked among only eight others throughout the state for their recycling programs. “We’ve put a lot of effort into recycling here at AbundaTrade.com,” says Director of Marketing, Tracy Geier. “Along with your standard paper, cardboard, and plastic recycling, we use non-disposable utensils and cups in our kitchen, purchase refillable printer toners and repurposed printers and copiers, and have partnered with Whole Foods Market and the Preserve Company to recycle damaged DVD cases, which are made from #5 plastic. Last year alone we recycled over twenty thousand pounds of DVD cases. It’s something that we, as a company, are very proud of.”
In 2010 an AbundaTrade.com employee spotted a collection bin for #5 plastics at their local Whole Foods store. At the time, #5 plastics were not recyclable in Charleston County and were simply being added to the local landfill. Whole Foods was taking part in the “Gimme 5” program sponsored by Preserve, a company that recycles #5 plastics into household eco-friendly products. Richard Landers, Online Manger for AbundaTrade.com, had this to say, “With partnerships like this it helps us move beyond basic recycling efforts and allows us to be a recycling leader, paving the way, among businesses in South Carolina. It took some effort on our part, but once you see the year-end totals and you understand the impact our small company is having, it makes it all worth it.”
AbundaTrade.com has one more edge over most companies when it comes to being green. Their business is built on the idea of reducing waste by reusing media products, such as CDs, DVDs, video games, and books—a concept they like to refer to as reCommerce. In 2008 AbundaTrade.com used the reCommerce concept to become one of the few businesses that successfully transitioned from brick-and-mortar stores to online presence after the introduction of MP3 players and the overall decline of new media sales. That innovative switch now provides customers from all over the country the opportunity to trade their new and used CDs, DVDs, video games, and books. Co-owners, Clayton Woodson and Kent Wagner, have worked hard on this concept and it shows in the over 200 tons of used media they were able to save from landfills. As Wagner put it, “As tough as business is in today’s world, it is important to feel good about what you do. I really enjoy being surrounded by and recommercing thousands of CDs, DVDs, Video Games, and Books every day. Not only is AbundaTrade recycling in an ecological realm, but we are recycling in an artistic one as well. It is a very energizing and gratifying pursuit.”
For questions or to learn more about AbundaTrade.com please contact:
Tracy Geier at marketing(at)abundatrade(dot)com.