About two months ago, I wrote an article about an environmental dilemma in which I found myself – to buy local, organic juice packaged in Tetra Pak containers or imported, organic juice packaged in glass containers. In the end, I chose the glass-contained juice because I believed that the end-of-life management options, which included recycling the product locally, outweighed the environmental cost of importing the juice from across the country. The Tetra Paks, I found out, were being shipped halfway around the world to China and Korea for recycling. About a week or two after posting that article, I got an email from the Carton Council of Canada, defending Tetra Paks. I feel that its important to share the contents of the email, so everyone can benefit, and though I didn’t have time to earlier, today I’d like to respond to it because they did bring some interesting issues to light.
If you’re looking for businesses that are strong candidates to go green, you might put the life insurance industry near the top of the list. With no physical product being produced, what is there to consume? You might be surprised.
The amount of driving, the number of couriers, and the stacks of paper needed to complete one sale is astounding. Every time someone buys life insurance and they fill out a hard copy of the application, the agent has to make a copy. It then has to be couriered off to the insurance wholesaler who takes another copy before sending the original file to the insurance company. If the selling agent is meeting with the client face to face then it adds another car to the road.
So what’s keeping the insurance industry from becoming better stewards of the environment? Motivation. Most insurers are fine with the status quo and don’t appreciate the savings of going green. Here are a few things that could help this industry go green.
A fellow blogger, Economically Humble, has proposed a 9-week summer productivity challenge, and I’ve decided to get on board! As you’ve probably gathered by now, from reading my last few posts, I have a busy summer ahead of me, so any chance to help my productivity is welcomed! The goal of the challenge is to list 9 things that I will complete in the next 9 weeks to increase my productivity – so here goes!