ORLANDO, Fla. – June 29, 2010 – Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company, LLC), operator of the world's first pallet rental service providing all-plastic pallets with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, announced today that it has funded the planting of 200,000 new trees in the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon, an area in serious need of reforestation.
iGPS' funding is one element of its unique partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in which the company has contributed funds each time an iGPS pallet is rented. The Deschutes plantings now bring the total number of seedlings planted under this program to 300,000, which include earlier plantings in California's San Bernardino National Forest.
"Our forests are a precious resource, and each time we lose a tree, harm is done to our climate, our wildlife and our health," said Bob Moore, Chairman and CEO of iGPS. "We at iGPS are committed to doing all we can to preserve our beautiful forests, which play such a vital role in maintaining nature's delicate balance. We thank the National Forest Foundation for enabling us to help."
"Our ongoing partnership with iGPS is revitalizing critical forest landscapes that provide clean water, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation for millions of Americans," said Bill Possiel, NFF president. "We deeply value the opportunity to team up with such an innovative and conservation-minded company."
Since its launch in 2006, iGPS has revolutionized the way goods are being shipped throughout the North American supply chain. Its 100 percent recyclable pallets are 30 percent lighter than pallets made of wood and are vastly better for the environment, helping to reduce the deforestation that has blighted our planet. (In 2006, for example, wood pallets consumed more than seven billion board feet of lumber, equating to a forest ten times the size of Manhattan.) iGPS plastic pallets are not susceptible to insect infestation, require no toxic chemical treatments and eliminate the risks posed by protruding nails and splinters. iGPS pallets are also exceptionally durable and maintain their standard 48" x 40" dimension throughout their life, making them ideal for automated environments. And built-in RFID tags enable tracking and tracing of loads throughout the supply chain, facilitating enhanced food and product safety.
iGPS operates the world's first pallet rental service providing shippers and receivers with all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags. iGPS' state-of-the-art pallets are 30 percent lighter than wood, which saves on transport costs and helps reduce green house gases. Its pallets are also more hygienic, easier to handle and, because they eliminate protruding nails and splinters, reduce workplace injuries and damaged equipment. Embedded RFID tags enable shippers and receivers to track and trace shipments. And iGPS pallets are 100 percent recyclable. Launched in March 2006, the company has created nearly 2,000 new green jobs in the U.S. and is led by pallet and supply chain veterans with decades of experience. iGPS (www.igps.net) is headquartered in Orlando, FL and has offices in Dallas, TX and Bentonville, AR.
About the National Forest Foundation
Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore and enhance America's 193-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF enhances wildlife habitat, revitalizes wildfire-damaged landscapes, restores watersheds, and improves recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans. The NFF's Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences national conservation campaign is uniting public and private partners to conduct large-scale forest and watershed restoration and revitalize ecosystem resiliency in iconic National Forest System sites around the nation. To learn more, visit us at www.nationalforests.org.