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Just How Green Are You?

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SPRING 2009

Just How Green Are You?

Everyone is talking about it - who's going green, who's leaving what carbon foot print, how to reuse materials, etc. It all sounds great, but what does it mean for you specifically? Can one company really make any sort of impact, and perhaps the larger question - is it affordable? Here are a couple options that you might not be aware of. See if any of these jive with your company's philosophy. Adopt an environmental policy based on your priorities. Make it feasible.

Web Solutions

Use a solar powered web hosting company: It's surprisingly affordable. Here's just a sample. click here

Print Solutions

  1. Use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified papers. The FSC tracks the "chain of custody" for these papers, so you'll need to use a FSC Certified printer as well. (If you are in the Asheville area, there are 3 local printers, that I know of, that are FSC certified: Biltmore Press, Daniels, and Blue Ridge Printing.) The FSC supports responsible forest management with more information here. click here

  2. Try out tree-free papers made out of coffee or stone.Terra Skin has some innovative paper and packaging materials worth checking out. click here

Giving Back

  1. The VW Forest: From September 2007 - January 2008 a non-profit called carbonfund.org partnered with VolksWagon to plant over a quarter million trees in northern Louisiana. Volkswagon did this to offset the carbon footprint of all those new car owners. click here
  2. carbon neutral plans: Visit Carbonfund.org or Duke Energy to calculate your approximate carbon emmissions and learn about ways to offset your carbon footprint.

  3. make donations to a non-profit of your choice: This can be done with every individual item sold or as a percentage of your yearly profits.

Friendly Schwag

T-shirt Solutions: TS Designs uses water-based inks that are better for the environment and let the fabric breath. They print on organic tees and are also founders of the Cotton of the Carolinas program: creating t-shirts "from dirt to shirt" here in the Carolinas. click here

All commitments large and small help. What can you do?


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