Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hilex Poly is a good citizen

I am as local, non-corporate a business as you can get. Yes, corporate America's greed has impacted our environment negatively. But we will not recover without their awareness and help.

Hilex Poly may be corporate, but if you choose to not learn their story, are you really savvy to the options? I get asked every day where are our hats "made"? Proudly, right here. Where is the hat on your head made? Do you know? Do you care? Did you do the math?

Hilex is backed by an investor who is real and cares. I encourage you to visit the plant in Jerome just like the invitation put out to the W.A.T.E.R. Club and the city of Hailey. You will be enlightened.

I would be happy to share with you the letter that Hilex sent to Hailey officials offering to work with them on a city/community/county plastic recycling program. This was proposed to both the city of Hailey and Wood River High School students before any corporate advertising was done by Hilex Poly.

Hilex then chose to spend money to market who they are because of the lack of response by either party and their concern to let you, the community, know what they do. This was a leader project that the students had the opportunity to be the originators of rather than copy a very controversial "banning" project. Hilex "was" prepared to invest dollars into our community to do the right thing—recycle. But of course you don't recognize them because they live and work down the road.

The recycled bags they make? Those are being bought and used locally by Albertsons. I believe Atkinsons', along with having already taken huge strides to reduce consumer use of plastic bags, is currently working on a recycled plastic bag with Hilex.

Please, take the time to educate yourselves. We are all students and teachers in a classroom somewhere.

Jytte Mau


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