Fresh Start is proud to extend its impact on many levels through the 4 R's. Renewable, Reusable, Repairable and Recyclable. These elements explain our human rehabilitation efforts as
well as providing benefit to our direct communities through social and urban improvement as well as practicing
clean environmental management.
The Fresh Start Impact
Employees are hired after they have been assessed by organizations who work regularly with those who seek to help transform their lives. Often they suffer medically, with alcohol or drug addictions; and/or they suffer from a lifetime of poverty, broken families, and dependency on state and federal financial supports; and/or they have had brushes with the law, having served prison time, and consequently having wasted a portion of their lives; and/or those who have educational or developmental challenges that have prevented them from living independently; and/or they suffer from psychological trauma (PTSD as one example) that has threatened their ability to live normally in society. We have partnerships with the Wheeler Health and Wellness Center and InterCommunity, Inc. In addition, we work with refugee groups who seek to place people on a track toward safety and success in this country.
Hartford, Connecticut is a prime example of a city that simply has too many parking lots in its downtown. Hartford’s already small downtown area is littered with parking lots and torn apart by major highways. Its residents largely live in extreme poverty. Yet, Hartford was not always such an impoverished city—in fact after the Civil War it was the richest city in America. The Colt Firearms Factory, on the shores of the Connecticut River, helped “spawn the Industrial Revolution…made guns that helped the United States conquer the West and win two wars” (New York Times). Today Hartford has the fourth highest poverty rate in America of 30.6 percent is only behind the cities of Cleveland, Detroit, and Flint, Michigan. Hartford today is a “destitute 17 square miles…[with an] undistinguished, under populated downtown” (New York Times).
The 4R’s of
The environmental impact on recycling wooden pallets means that more trees can be saved, as fewer trees are needed to produce wooden pallets for the pallet industry. This saving of trees not only benefits the environment but also benefits human health, as trees can absorb carbon dioxide from the air and increase oxygen levels. It is important that the recycling efforts are continued so that the environment is protected and the pallet industry can continue working in a sustainable fashion.
The material used to manufacture wood pallets and crates is renewable.
You can use the wood pallets and crates for as many as 100 times.
The wood pallets and crates can be repaired when they become
faulty for a cost that’s much less than the cost of replacement.
Recycling of wooden pallets and crates is often a common
practice especially when the pallets are beyond repair.
According to the American Hardwood Export Council, North American forests are now growing at twice the rate of consumption. Replanting and new growth have covered 11.3 million acres in the past decade. For every man, woman, and child currently living in the United States, there are five trees that have been planted and are well on their way to growing to maturity. The timber industry is doing its part to ensure that our natural lumber resources are protected and renewed by planting 1.7 billion new trees every year.
Reducing the Carbon Footprint
Not only is wood more sustainable and ecologically friendly, but using it as a building material also helps to reduce carbon emissions. The Canadian and American Wood Council indicated that for every cubic meter of wood that is utilized as building materials instead of synthetics, 1.1 tons of carbon dioxide are eliminated from the atmosphere. When you combine that amount with the 0.9 tons of carbon dioxide that are already stored in wood, it means that carbon emissions can be reduced by 2 tons per cubic meter of wood building materials. Implementing more wood-based shipping and packing materials could drastically reduce the carbon footprint of most expanding countries.
Wooden pallets are often less expensive to acquire than plastic pallets, and they are usually able to be used for more extended periods of time. For example, if a plastic pallet breaks in just one place, you have to replace the entire pallet. Ultimately, the cost for that pallet is a non-recoverable loss eating away at profits. Wooden pallets can be recycled and repaired.