We've taken steps to contribute our part towards a more environmentally-friendly way of doing business. Some of these are:
- Printing on 100% recycled paper
- Participating in recycling programs
- Purchasing used or refurbished equipment and/or furniture whenever possible
- Minimizing bottled water usage
- Dimming non-essential lights
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Small Things You Can Do To Make a Big Difference
- Stop Buying Bottled Water. Instead, use gallon or larger containers and fill sturdy reusable bottles. Better yet, install a water filter in your faucet to avoid purchasing plastic containers all together.
- Utilize Reusable Grocery Bags. A host of new reusable shopping bags are making it easier to carry your groceries in a more eco-friendly way. Most groceries stores now sell these for $1.
- Stop Clicking the Print Button. When you do need to print, use both sides of paper. Additionally, try and purchase only chlorine-free paper with a high percentage of recycled content.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs when your incandescent bulbs burn out. You will save money on your electric bill and reduce the use of fossil fuels. (If the light bulb breaks, please review the EPA's 12 Step Cleanup Process.
- Recycle. Most people now recycle their cans, bottles and paper but many other items should avoid landfills too. Curbside waste management companies may not except plastic bags, batteries, cell phones, motor oil, light bulbs, etc. You can find out where to recycle just about anything by going to Earth 911.
- Shop for Local Food. Shopping locally helps support sustainable agriculture and reduces fuel consumption required for transporting food from distant locations. You can also join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program at www.localharvest.org.
- Utilize Tree-Free Billing. Pay your bills online and cancel paper statements. You will save trees and postage.
- Save energy with no effort by enabling your computer's energy-saving features or just by turning off the lights when you leave a room.
- Banish Screen Savers. These won't save energy. Screen savers eat up lighting and processing energy. Instead, set screen savers to "none" or "blank screen."
- Clean Up Using Green Organic Cleaners. Use spray cleaners and dishwashing liquids that won't add bad chemicals to the water supply, air, and soil. Eco-friendly products include Method; and if you must use paper towels, get recycled products from Seventh Generation or Planet. And for whatever waste you have, use biodegradable trash bags, like the ones from BioBag.