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All Occasions works toward greener rentals

Among All Occasions Party Rentals' strategic initiatives are "go greener" and "increase efficiency."

President Terry Turner said in the past two years, he has found that the two go hand in hand.

"Almost every efficiency we create is green," he said. "We've eliminated road trips, chemicals we use, water, electricity, and all those things are green."

Turner said the greenest thing the company does, though, is in its name - rentals.

"Rental itself is inherently green, because of the reuse over and over and over of the same equipment," he said. "When you think about china, glassware and flatware that people use all the time at their events, this is less plastics, Styrofoam, paper plates that are going to landfills."

Going the extra mile

Being an "inherently green" company wasn't enough. Jason McClure, operations manger, said his promotion to operations manager aided in getting the conversation started about green practices.

"When I got back (into the warehouse) and started seeing with my own eyes the tremendous amount of cardboard, paper, plastic that was being thrown away, I thought, 'This is crazy,'" McClure said.

McClure expressed his concerns to Turner and a recycling plan was implemented shortly after.

All Occasions now recycles approximately the same amount of material that it throws away. McClure said recycling is a green effort that has become the norm in today's culture.

"With us hiring a younger generation, it's more of a lifestyle for them," McClure said. "It is a way of life. It's not just a one off. It's not a fad or a trendy thing to do. That's half the battle - implementing a plan where recycling is an option."

Turner said the more his eyes were opened to various ways the company could be more sustainable, the more sense it made.

Saving gallons, miles and cents

Until two years ago, All Occasions did not think twice about making multiple trips to an event site. If something was left behind, an employee would take a van or truck to save the day with the missing item.

To read the full story, visit http://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/journal/2017/05/01/all-occasions-works-toward-greener-rentals/100413584/.

 

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