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January 10, 2011


At 5S Supply we believe strongly in giving back and investing in our local community.  We were a proud Sponsor of the First Annual Community Christmas Tree Recycling Program held the first two weekends in January in Olympia Fields, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago located near 5S Supply’s Headquarters in Frankfort.  This event was organized by our very own Customer Care Manager, Jennifer Molski.  Jennifer moved to the community about a year and a half ago and after last Christmas was surprised to see so many Christmas Trees at the curb on their way to landfill and vital nutrients being wasted. 

She knew there had to be a better way and saw this as great opportunity to make a difference!  She approached local government municipalities to see if they could help create a recycling program.  When the municipalities said they couldn’t help because staff time and limited budgets, Jennifer decided to take matters into her own hands.  She gathered together several organizations in the community who were already invested in environmental issues including the Green Team from the local elementary school and Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center.  Irons Oaks agreed to be the drop off point for the trees and would mulch the trees and use them on their paths and trails.  Jennifer invited local businesses, organizations and individuals to serve as Sponsors and Partners and created an ad-campaign to help spread the word of this recycling opportunity as well as provide education about the benefits of a real Christmas Tree. 

Jennifer shared that “by working for 5S Supply the past couple years I have become a much better steward of our environment and I am grateful to work in such an enriching workplace.  We apply Lean is Green thinking, practice waste reduction and always seek out unique ways to Reduce, Reduce and Recycle.”   

The initial response from the community was very positive.  A simple, free and most importantly a “feel good” opportunity was created for residents of the greater South Chicagoland Area.  We are proud to announce that 300 trees were collected!

Several of 5S Supply’s Team members volunteered at the event including Jean Lareau and Marcia Moderacki from Accounting.  5S’s own Tony Manos was on hand and spent most of his time tending to the fire to keep all volunteers warm and assisting donors with removing trees from their cars.  Tony remarked, “It was such an honor to be a part of this first annual event.  I am very proud of Jennifer and the win-win opportunity she created…her innovative thinking and creativity that serves our 5S Team so well led to the creation of this program and we wish her continued success in the future.”

Remeber – Lean is Green!

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One Response to “Giving Back”

  1. Robert Greaney Says:

    Way to go Jennifer with your great Green idea. I hope you, Tony and all of the 5S team have a great New Year. Bob Greaney


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