In 2018 we continued to strengthen our relationships with the local community by teaming up with other powerful organizations that dedicate their work to having a positive impact. We are also very excited about the new relationships we are forging, including the one with the soon to open MusiCorps West, a life-changing music rehabilitation program for wounded veterans returning from war that has already seen revolutionary success on the East Coast.
Our carbon footprint continues to improve on the product manufacturing and distribution side as we work towards eiliminating as much plastic and transportation expenditures as possible.
On a national and global level, we are also delighted at our progress in education and awareness regarding the seriousness of the UAP phenomenon that will encourage informed decision making and responsible policy.
Here is a recap:
EDUCATION & COLLABORATION:
TTSA's leadership team is encouraged by the incredible progress that has been made with key decision makers within both government and industry. The mainstream media attention we have received and the high visibility it has given to our mission, has not only made it easier to knock on doors and have them opened, but has also emboldened influential leaders to proactively reach out to our team for briefings. And although it is a conservative and typically slow-moving environment we are navigating, we are encouraged by the open-minds and motivated agendas we have encountered. Our efforts are also being amplified by momentum that extends beyond US territories and into international governments and institutions.
MANUFACTURING ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY:
In our efforts to improve in our apparel and soft goods manufacturing process, we continue to work almost exclusively with WRAP Certified Suppliers, who are globally recognized as Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, promoting ethical, humane and lawful conditions and practices in all of their facilities.
We work with as many local and domestic partners as possible to support our local community and are proud that our current hat supplier continues to be certified for product safety and quality, social responsibility, supply chain security, and environmental impact.
In our retail store, we have eliminated the use of plastic bags and offer paper or reusable bags for customers. To motivate everyone to use reusable bags, there is a $.10 fee for needing to use a paper bag.
In 2018, we used the most recycled shipping materials we ever have. We have reduced our emissions by shipping orders complete and no longer encouraging split-shipped that use more shipping materials, labor and transportation fuel. We have reduced our need for plastic bubble wrap to protect shipments and have begun switching to recycled paper as filler. By the end of 2019 we hope to be completely bubble wrap free.
For breast cancer awareness month, we offered a special collection of apparel where a portion of the proceeds was donated to Boarding for Breast Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.
During the holidays, donations were collected in our retail store for the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. The community was encouraged to bring their donation in exchange for a 10% discount on their holiday shopping. We also collected donations online. All items collected were subsequently donated to our local veterans living at Freedom Station and monetary donations went to purchase supplies that are being shipped to troops that are deployed.
To show our commitment to the San Diego and US military community, we offer a Military discount online and in store year round.