W. H. Leary Company, located in Tinley Park, IL, celebrated Earth Day 2018 by bringing attention and action to students at neighboring schools about recycling and how to play our part. Leary, along with many other packaging manufacturers, participated in Paperboard Packaging Council’s TICCIT (which means Trees into Cartons, Cartons into Trees) program, to honor Earth Day and highlight the renewability and sustainability of paper and paperboard packaging.
On Monday, April 23, Daniel McCarty, Director of Engineering at Leary, taught the K-8th graders at Noonan School in Mokena, IL, about how Leary plays a role in paper manufacturing, carton manufacturing and recycling. Following the presentation, a team of Leary volunteers and parent helpers answered the students’ individual questions and then turned various empty cartons into planters for young tree saplings. Leary provided a variety of saplings, from Colorado Blue Spruces to Red Maples, which each of the students then took home to plant in their gardens.
On Friday, April 27, Chris Leary, Director of Sales at Leary, taught 6 – 8th graders at Finley Jr. High in Chicago Ridge, IL, about Leary’s role in recycling, but also exposed the students to the wide variety of careers in the paperboard industry, ranging from tree harvesting and engineering machinery to a vast variety of sales and executive roles. The students were challenged to take the saplings provided to plant and nurture them, playing their part.
As a result of this event, 650 young trees were given a new home, 650 students learned all about recycling and how the paperboard industry plays a role, and most importantly, students were able to give back to the environment.
Thank you to PPC, participating schools and Leary volunteers for all of your contribution to make TICCIT a success!
USA | 4th May 2018