Happy Earth Week! Through the 1908 Brands @onepercentfortheplanet Planet program, we made a donation to Eco-Cycle be part of their Green Star Business program. The Green Star Business Program is a network-based program that offers professional sustainability consulting and training services with a focus on Zero Waste.
We've asked Eco-Cycle to help us set up systems to reduce our waste, water and energy use in the office, kitchen and warehouse.
Here’s a video to show how 1908 set up the Zero-Waste system in the office.
Zero Waste is the ethical use of resources so as to emulate Nature, which wastes nothing. By recycling, reusing and engaging in other Zero waste practices we can conserve natural resources and habitats, reduce carbon pollution causing climate change, and cut down on air and water pollution.
Recycling is a good place to start. With sorting bins, a little training and helpful signage, businesses can recycle as much as 80 percent of “things you normally throw away." That’s a lot!
By sorting waste, such as paper, plastic and other materials, can be repurposed into post-consumer products. Recycling keeps materials in the production loop instead of having to deplete more of our natural resources to make new products.
But each time you throw something in the trash bin, even if it is fully recyclable, it goes to the landfill.
Not only is that a waste of precious resources, it’s also a public health hazard because landfills leak. The EPA has acknowledged that all landfill liners will eventually tear, which means that toxic garbage juice can seep into and contaminate soil and groundwater supplies. Roughly 20 percent of the nation’s most hazardous sites, also called Superfund sites, are solid waste landfills.” Read more from Eco-Cycle here.
Here's a quick video we made to show how you can divert waste created by your business operations from landfills.
Happy to talk about the process with you if you're setting up a recycling program at your office.
CSR & Environmental Giving Manager @ 1908 Brands
About 1908 Brands:
A certified B-Corporation and 1% for the Planet partner, 1908 Brands promotes creativity and sustainability in the development of safe, healthy, and high quality natural products. These include Boulder Clean, Thrive Tribe, Fruitivity, Schultz’s Gourmet, Pasta Jay’s Pasta Sauce, and Three Bears Oats. These brands all operate under and stand by the company values of trust, knowledge, adaptively, efficiency, passion, and collaboration. In their own words, 1908 Brands is committed to making products that “adapt with the ever-changing needs of our planet and people.” The story behind 1908 comes from CEO, Steve Savage’s, great great uncle, William Kent, who donated 300 acres of land to the US government in 1908 that is known today as Muir Woods National Park.
The 1908 team has a zesty optimistic passion for sustainability that will be brought to its full potential as a Green Star Business (GSB). As a member of the program, the company will work with Eco-Cycle’s GSB team to improve and formalize sustainability efforts and action, making the company an inspirational leader for the natural product industry and its consumer base. These sustainability ambitions include educating staff about excellent waste sorting, sustainable purchasing and packaging; package recovery and recycling; tracking, reporting, and reducing resource use; and mandating that suppliers and consumers improve supply chain and distribution sustainability.GSB will also work with the company to make sustainable switches in the functionality of the office space, selection of suppliers, as well as marketing, promotions, and Zero Waste events.