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Green Efforts

 

Back in grade school the 3Rs were Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Now, the 3Rs have taken on a new meaning: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Little things we do to help get to a greener future:

  • We bike or walk to most places whenever we can. We also encourage carpooling and telecommuting.


  • Whenever possible, we print digitally. It reduces the amount of paper and ink used, not to mention that it reduces office space required for filing. When we do need to print on paper, we use recycled paper. When used for internal circulation, we also mandate using both sides for printing. Our fax system is email-based and paperless. With marketing materials, we work with a printer that uses chlorine free and FSC or SFI certified paper stocks. Our standard inks are now vegetable based.


  • We make use of natural light when possible and turn off all the lights, compact fluorescent bulbs of course, and electronic devices before leaving the office. "Standby" settings on electronic devices may continue to draw power even when not in use. By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch (or a smart power strip), the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once.


  • We minimize takeout waste and encourage people to bring lunch to work in reusable containers. Not only is it green but probably healthier for you too. When we do order delivery, coworkers join in placing a large order which tends to be more efficient than many separate ones. Also, we bring in reusable plates, utensils, and mugs. We often use washable towels, bamboo of course, instead of paper towels and napkins.


  • We use recycled shipping boxes and fillings. Our product insert cards and hang tags are made from recycled materials as well.

 

We are always trying to do the best we can. There is still a long way to go. But if we all take baby steps and continue to raise awareness, we will eventually be able to contribute to a better planet!