At Radio Flyer, we love the outdoors and want to preserve the environment for future generations of trike pedallers and wagoneers.
With 97 percent of our emissions created during the production of our products, our most powerful opportunities for achieving reductions come from our material choices and product design. We include greenhouse gas emissions as one of the criteria in our product scorecard and our product sustainability goal will focus us on reducing emissions across all of our product categories. Our carbon footprint also includes our energy use at our facilities, Radio Flyer-controlled logistics and employee travel.
Our Big Flyer Sport, starting production in June 2015, features a number of sustainability improvements:
LEED CERTIFIED HQ
Radio Flyer is known for its commitment to long-lasting kids’ products that inspire creativity and fun. That same spirit infused our renovation of 70,000 square feet of former manufacturing and warehousing space at our headquarters in Chicago. With a history of helping consumers make decades-old trikes and wagons look and work like new, refurbishment was a natural fit for us. Our re-purposing of the warehouse space and other green design solutions such as geothermal energy, a bioswale network, cisterns for storm water retention, fertilizer-free irrigation, and landscaping with native prairie plants helped the project earn Platinum Certification for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
A new 30-foot glass façade provides natural light and a view of the backyard, created after some of the manufacturing buildings were removed. It offers an inviting landscape with native plants, walking paths, a vegetable garden and a picnic space which the company enjoys during the summer. The renovation focused on employee health and productivity with exercise and wellness rooms and sit/stand desks in the communal work area – even for our Chief Wagon Officer.
The design features lend a playful energy to the space with bright murals of imaginative play and a parade of old wagons overhead. A heritage wall greets visitors with a display of 100 years of the brand’s legacy of innovation. The open-plan café offers Flyers a place to meet informally and to gather on Tuesdays for company lunches.
“For the first time in decades, I’m not in a private office but out on the floor with everyone else,” says CWO Robert Pasin. “I love the new space and its focus on collaboration and fun. It’s wonderful to take a break and glide about the first floor on my custom scooter.”
WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY AT OUR HQ
Our Eco Flyers team leads our environmental sustainability efforts, working to minimize the impact that we have on the environment, both at work and home. The team’s goal is to identify opportunities to help each Flyer reduce his or her carbon footprint, to minimize waste and share new ways to educate our team on all things sustainable.
Our new composting initiative brings our headquarters one step closer to becoming a Zero Waste Facility. Composting helps reduce greenhouse gases and teaches Flyers how to live sustainably. The finished compost gives us a rich fertilizer to use in our Little Green Garden.
The "Little Green Garden" is our on-site garden where employees grow veggies and herbs.