A greener you,a greener me, makes the world a better place to be
We use only one vehicle for our family’s transportation
and the transportation of our goods for local deliveries. If one of
person needs to go somewhere a bicycle is the set of wheels we use.
- We always turn off equipment when it's not being used. We know this can reduce energy usage by 25 percent; turning off our computers at the end of the day saves us an additional 50 percent.
- We encourage communications by e-mail, and we read email messages onscreen to determine whether it's necessary to print them. If it's not, we don't!
- We allow our customers to pay through Pay Pal. This allows us to keep online receipts and our clients to do the same. Not having to print off an invoice for each order cuts down on a lot of paper and ink cartridges.
- We never leave taps dripping—always closing them tightly after each use. (One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 liters per year.)
- We are always looking for "greener" products and services in the local community. We know the further our goods have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them there.
- We refurbish items we need instead of buying them new. It's less expensive than buying new items and better for the environment—not to mention we always find great pieces that you could never find in a catalog.
- We like to buy "post-consumer waste" products, including stationery, packaging materials, paper towels and other kitchen and bathroom supplies. This keeps waste from ending up in landfills.
- We are a home-based company. This allows us to avoid additional water, heat, electricity and gas consumption at a second location.
- Less is More! We use recycled, natural and non-toxic materials for production. Our rattles are upcycled wood we buy from a small wood store that sells smaller pieces from larger projects. We don’t cut down trees to make our rattles. Our tags are recycled paper that hold on tight with hemp. This also means you’ll never spend 10 minutes taking our rattles out of a box or plastic.
- We use low-energy light bulbs, water saver tanks for our toilets, and use a program in our city called “Demand Conservation” which allows our AC unit to shut off during peak months in the Summer for brief amounts of time.
- We seek out environmentally-friendly supplies. The market for non-toxic supplies has exploded, giving us more affordable choices for items such as cleaning supplies, inks, and other materials.
- We open our windows and doors! When the weather turns warm, before turning on the air conditioning, we do something as simple as opening the windows and doors. In the winter we put on sweaters and use a space heater in the rooms we are working in instead of turning up the heat.