Nonprofit Merrick, Inc., plays part in Fairview Pharmacy Services switch to biodegradable coolers

Local partnership provides adults with disabilities meaningful work and protects the environment


VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Jan. 17, 2013 - Merrick, Inc., a Vadnais Heights based nonprofit with the mission to empower adults with disabilities is thrilled to be part of Fairview Pharmacy Services effort in introducing “green” packaging into the delivery of temperature-sensitive medications.

With an existing partnership between the organizations via clients from Merrick working on a recycling crew at Fairview’s Riverside location, Fairview sought out Merrick to assist with the assembly of the biodegradable coolers. Knowing that clients at Merrick are dependable, committed to doing an excellent job, and seeking meaningful work, the partnership was a natural fit.

“This partnership really highlights our core belief of civic responsibility.” relates Merrick, Inc.’s Work Procurement and Contract Manager John Crea, “On top of providing meaningful work to a crew of clients, the project supports creating a cleaner environment which we believe in as well. Our own green initiatives include one of the largest solar panel arrays in the state, a geothermal heating and cooling system in our main building in Vadnais Heights, and a plastic recycling program that prevented over 800,000 pounds of plastic from reaching landfills in 2012.”

Merrick is proud to be part of this project which Fairview hopes will serve as a model for other organizations seeking environmentally friendly ways to ship temperature-sensitive materials. As one of the nation’s largest health system-based pharmacy organizations, Fairview switched to the new non-toxic coolers in early 2013 and estimates the new packaging will annually stop 44,000 polystyrene (more commonly known as Styrofoam™) coolers from going into our landfills. StarchTech Inc., an eco-friendly packaging company based in Golden Valley supplies the Green Cell Foam™ that makes the cooling elements of the packaging from non-toxic and renewable cornstarch material that is easily compostable or recyclable.

If you are interested in learning more about this green packaging, or hiring clients at Merrick for your next project, contact John Crea by phone at 651-789-6211 or by email at JohnC@MerrickInc.org. You can learn more about Merrick and why hiring adults with disabilities makes good business sense at www.MerrickInc.org.

Connect with Merrick, Inc., at the following links:
o Facebook: www.facebook.com/merrickinc
o Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/company/merrick-inc.
o Twitter: www.twitter.com/merrickinc
o You Tube www.youtube.com/user/merrickinc

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