It's nice to be able to share good stories about companies and people that are doing the right thing.
Here's the latest: Revolution Bag LLC, a Little Rock, Ark., company that makes trash can liners from post-consumer plastics, provided volunteer workers and materials to assist with disaster relief after the recent flooding around Baton Rouge, La.
The company donated and delivered a full tractor-trailer load of more than 130,000 can liners. On top of that, a team of employees from Revolution Bag and sister company Delta Plastics of the South LLC and their family members — 12 people in all — traveled to Baker, La., on Aug. 26-28 to help with the cleanup.
They removed debris, including ruined and moldy furniture, appliances and drywall, from homes where waters had reached as high as four feet — inside the houses.
“It was just total devastation,” said David Rives, president of Revolution Bag. “It will take years to clean it up. I think that is what I will remember most, just thinking to myself, ‘How will these people ever recover? How will they know what to do next? Who can help them if they aren't insured?' I can't really explain it. You just had to do what you could while you were there and then tell others so they might help.”
The company worked with Schneider Paper Products Inc., a distributor of paper and plastic food service disposables, sanitary maintenance products and equipment. Schneider Paper moved to Baton Rouge from New Orleans in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina. Some of the homes that the Revolution Bag team helped clean up are owned by employees of Schneider Paper.
“Our roots are from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and our rebirth is proudly in Baton Rouge after Katrina,” said Michael Schneider, the company's vice president of sales & marketing.