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Best Practice Achievements
2016: We are in the process of replacing our printed library of catalogs with use of website references to avoid the mass of paper trash from continual updates. My goal is to maintain our library with minimal or no waste.
I hope to expand our reduction of printed matter, saving information electronically whenever possible. Should it be necessary to print a paper copy, I hope to increase our use of double-sided printing, to reduce paper. Excess paper scraps are saved to be used for office notes.
I hope to further diminish the use of disposable products used in the office. At the moment we save portable coffee trays and unopened bags of plastic cutlery to return to restaurants who deliver food to the office. We have cups, tableware and cloth napkins for employee use. There are refillable coffee pods for the single-use office coffee maker as well.
To minimize unnecessary shipping waste, we save boxes and shipping materials for re-use or donate the excess to UPS for re-use. I hope to take this a step further by reducing our purchases from vendors who waste materials through inefficient shipping practices.
2015: Reduce support of vendors who over package in shipping. Source more local artisans.
2016: By increasing our own awareness of sustainable-minded day to day habits, I hope to influence clients to do the same.
I hope to include more existing, vintage and antique furnishings as well as reclaimed materials and architectural salvage in our designs to reduce waste in our projects.
2015: Use porcelain accessories made locally and wrapped in eco-friendly packaging.
2016: I want to develop a new approach to kitchen design, with the mindset of reducing unnecessary quantities of equipment and utensils than we assume is needed. I believe people live a simpler lifestyle than they realize and include more products in their kitchens than they actually use or need. The lack of awareness creates more initial cost and maintenance, more energy use, more space needed and more waste created.
I would like to encourage clients to generally consume less, and recognize their true needs before assuming they need to accommodate the abundance of materials that overfill our homes today.
I hope to make a list of sustainably minded vendors and service providers as our preferred vendor list, to help all of us in the office make better selections.
I hope to further engage family, friends, employees, and clients in discussions about the important relationship between people, our behavior patterns and the environment in which we live. With awareness, the impact thoughtful choices and habits have on our personal well being and that of our natural environment can be transformative, improving our health and surroundings.
2015: Collaboration on events with Food & Water Match and Brooklyn Heights Association. Speak with clients about eco-friendly options. Create a "Care" package for clients that use non-toxic products.