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Cataloging Restoration Hardware's Cleanup of Its 17-Pound Delivery

Cataloging Restoration Hardware's Cleanup of Its 17-Pound Delivery
Photograph by Amelia Hennighausen/Bloomberg

When Restoration Hardware recently delivered to millions of doorsteps its biggest-ever annual catalog—13 different “source books,” as it calls them, shrink-wrapped into a 3,300-page, 17-pound bundle—the company took pains to assure the public that the environment was being protected, as Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

Its one-page “sustainability initiative,” affixed atop the delivery, detailed several ways in which the company was minimizing environmental harm, including using “forest certified” paper and acquiring carbon offsets to cancel out emissions from shipping the catalogs.