U.S. Post Office Issues “Green” Stamps

Oct 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Youth Blog

Can postage stamps — which are used to transport paper and require the burning of petroleum fuels for delivery — be green?

Beginning in April 19, 2011, the United States Postal Service created a new set of social awareness postage stamps. Each stamp has a picture of things one can do to help the environment. Examples include carpooling, taking public transportation and reminders to compost and recycle.

According to the USPS website, their employees reduced their total greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent between 2009 and 2010. Most of the savings came from employee commuting, employees’ “green” initiatives, and sustainable business practices. The savings are the same as if 204,000 passenger cars were taken off the road for a year.

Words are important, and visual reminders of how to save our environment are necessary to inspire as many people as possible to do the right thing.

However, it may not be the best thing, because if you honestly think about it, stamps are used on paper, and paper is made from trees. And the only way you can transport letters is by using a car, truck or airplane, all of which burn fossil fuels and pollute. So although I like the idea of “go green” stamps, I think that sending an e-mail is probably the most green way to communicate with other people.  What do you think?

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