habitotes® – Another Great Reason to Recycle Plastic (PET) Bottles
New Pratt salesperson, David Roberts, understands that relationships are extremely important in selling. But even David didn’t foresee the project over the horizon when he sat down next to Greg Sparrow at an Arkansas basketball game.
In casual conversation during the game, Greg Sparrow told David about a new project with a great sustainability message. habitotes®, a Fayetteville Arkansas based company, produces high quality, customized totes – made from recycled plastic bottles! habitotes’ vision is to find better uses for the world’s waste system by creating products that help safeguard the environment.
Pratt’s involvement started with the design of the display for their product, made from 100% recycled corrugated. The unique display design enables them to spend less in shipping. A display filled with 100 totes costs less to ship than their old method of shipping two 50 tote cases. This partnership is a great example of two-sustainability minded companies joining forces to achieve a common goal.
Davis Lee, Jr., President of habitotes®, praised the partnership, “We could not be happier with our partnership with Pratt. We plan on growing together.”
habitotes® are made of 80 percent recycled plastic water bottles. Through strategic partnerships, the founders discovered a way to have the PET plastic converted into large shopping totes, including an insulated tote option. And, due to the increased effort across America to reduce consumption of plastic shopping bags, they were certain the totes would be in demand. habitotes® also received approval from over 100 colleges, including 23 of the top 25 revenuers, to brand the totes, further guaranteeing success. Big retailers like Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee are already calling them with interest.
Why replace plastic grocery bags with reusable bags?
- Each year, approximately 6 billion plastic bags are consumed in Los Angeles County. This is equivalent to 600 bags per person per year.
- Approximately 150,000 tons of plastic bags are disposed by Los Angeles County residents each year.
- Disposable bags cost our cities up to 17 cents per bag for disposal.
- Plastic bags are made from petroleum. Americans use over 380 billion bags every year, throwing away millions of barrels of oil.
- 100,000 marine animals are killed annually by entanglement in marine debris such as plastic bags.