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Andis Announces Packaging Changes To Benefit Environment
Andis has thrown its hat into the green ring with gusto. The
company now permits only recyclable packaging for its hair styling equipment and has
introduced a powder coating finish for a selection of clippers that eliminates hazardous
waste as a by-product of the finishing process. In addition, the formulas for the Andis line
of oil and blade care products have been altered to derive their oleaginous properties from
natural sources rather than petroleum products.
“If every company will take steps to benefit the environment, the results will be
huge,” says Fred Koeller, Vice President of Marketing at Andis Company. “We took a
hard look at the long-term benefits of these changes, and we were surprised at what a big
difference these small changes would make.”
Andis had been using Styrofoam inside its boxes to protect its equipment from
damage during shipping and handling. The Styrofoam has been replaced by corrugated
cardboard and materials made entirely from recycled milk jugs. Styrofoam is derived
from petroleum and requires several hundred years to decompose. Corrugated cardboard,
on the other hand, is made from recycled materials, can be recycled itself and
decomposes within two to five months.
The powder coating finish used on the aluminum housing for three clippers is
applied through a process that is ecologically friendly. In contrast, a by-product of
traditional solvent based wet paint systems is a solvent that is considered hazardous waste
and requires special handling for disposal. Using the dry finishing process for the powder
coating produces an attractive, durable, high quality finish without by-products that are
potentially harmful to the environment.
Andis Company has been manufacturing handheld equipment to trim, cut, curl
and dry hair since 1922. The company’s products are purchased worldwide by stylists
and barbers, consumers, guests at hotels and resorts, small animal groomers and large
animal groomers and shearers. To find a local distributor, call the company at 800-558-
9441 or visit their Web site at www.andis.com.
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