2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

Our commitment | Product stewardship

Buy less, consume less

In addition to purchasing more sustainable materials and products, the Postal Service is focusing on using fewer products overall, and particularly on reducing our use of consumables — office, custodial and maintenance supplies.

Our goal is to reduce spending on consumables 30 percent by FY 2020 from the $508 million we spent in FY 2008. Not only are we on track to achieve this goal, postal employees are knocking it out of the park!

USPS has reduced consumables spending nearly 33 percent since the FY 2008 baseline, about $167 million in avoided costs.

Our challenge is to improve this performance each year. In FY 2011, USPS will explore setting a higher reduction target for consumables spending.