Members of Pearl Jam's official fan community, the Ten Club, don't just get T-shirts, posters and CDs when they order merchandise. They get a physical representation of the band's dedication to sustainability. Through logistics, UPS is helping Pearl Jam and their fan club be more sustainable and more efficient. Ten Club, started by Pearl Jam in 1990, has teamed up with UPS for a total makeover of its merchandise distribution process, including time-saving shipment consolidation and the use of local and eco-friendly materials.
In this video, Tim Bierman and Rob Skinner of Ten Club and Justine Tucker of UPS talk about what the Ten Club UPS makeover entails, and how it makes a difference for fans around the globe. On a day-to-day basis, the Ten Club ships all orders placed on Pearl Jam's official website as well as the bands annual fan mailing consisting of a CD and band magazine.
In honor of Pearl Jam's long-running commitment to the environment, Ten Club challenged UPS to make every component of its mailings more sustainable. UPS provided 100 percent recyclable boxes with tape-free enclosures and soy-based ink. The boxes are also printed with the carbon neutral shipping insignia, signifying the purchase of carbon offsets to balance out emissions produced in the transportation of the mailing. All supplies for the project were sourced locally.
Carbon neutral shipping isn't the only way in which logistics has helped Pearl Jam and other bands become more sustainable. The company's partnership with Live Nation brings "Sustainable Touring Solutions" to the live music touring industry, offsetting the environmental impact of these global tours.