WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013 AT 11:42PM

How do you save a few billion trees and a billion bucks? Boot the box. Kick the carton. Punt the packaging.

More than a decade ago, Toyota began using returnable containers for shipping parts and accessories. The environmental impact so far: saving 220 million pounds of wood and 145 million pounds of cardboard, the equivalent of 2.7 billion trees. It also adds up to $1 billion in cost savings for the company…and that’s no pulp fiction.

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation