Green Optical Vendors – The Consumer Wants to Know

I am an admitted treehugger, but this is not about me- this is about the consumer who wants to know who is green in the eyecare industry and who do they support. Go to Green Girls Global and check out the comments if you don't think it matters. So I thought I would do a post on who's doing what in the Environmental Arena. The following companies … [Read more...]

Green and Save on Office Supplies

I recently received an email from an OD- who said he didn't believe in the Global Warming. Either does my brother for that matter- but greening your office supplies doesn't have to be about Global Warming, it's about saving money, providing a Toxin Free Office for your staff and patients with the added benefit of looking out for the environment. So … [Read more...]

Medical Sharps- an Optical Opportunity?

Tuesday nights are reserved for playing cards with the GOB's (Great Old Biddies) The youngest in the group is 72 and the oldest is 93. Recently they just found out they can't throw 'Sharpies' (syringes) in the trash. Two of the women don't drive and another two use needles for diabetes. They don't know what to do with their needles, and don't have … [Read more...]

23 Top Green Business Resources

Maybe you are into the Green Movement, maybe your neutral and perhaps you think it's a big hype. The reality is, the majority of your patients are concerned about being ecologically friendly and toxin free. Where to start, what to do, how do you get the word out? Businesses who start now with green initiatives will reap the rewards in the future … [Read more...]

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

I am an avid recycler, and just when I think I know everything there is to recycle, I got this update from earth911. Have I ever been doing this wrong! I just put a pizza box in the recycling- Little did I know!  Check out the below do's and don'ts from Earth 911. 'Contamination is everywhere when it comes to recycling. It most likely occurs … [Read more...]

Recycling Phone Books

It's phone book time again- If you have 5 phones, you are probably going to receive at least 5 phone books! The question to ask, do you use them all? Do you need that many phone books? So what's an office to do? Did You Know? 540 Million phone books are given out each year Phone Books make up for 660,000 tons of trash every … [Read more...]

Green Labeling- What Does It Mean?

If you are like me, you might get confused about all the labels on products. The important thing to remember is just because it has a label, does not mean it's something good. Some labels have very strict certifications and others rely on the honesty of manufacturers.  Why is it important to your office? #1.)  You will be able to speak … [Read more...]

No Junk Mail-Getting Rid Of Junk Mail

It’s Not Hard To Go Paperless There seems to be a resentment or fear of going paperless. But you are going to have to do it, per government mandates, so why not start small? Start with getting rid of your junk mail and go forward from that point. The easiest thing to do is assign a person to specific paperless tasks. As an example, 1 person … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Green Your Office

By now, you may think that 'Going Green' is the latest Trend, the new Black, you are already over it. You may think it's hard work, it doesn't effect you, these old hippies once again trying to change the world!  Maybe you don't care, thinking this is a trend that will go away like last year's PRADA bag. Think again, it's not going away, because we … [Read more...]

What is Sustainability in the Office?

What is Sustainability? Green is a general concept that encompasses the entire movement to become environmentally conscious. Sustainable is buying (or not buying) and/or using products of companies that lessen their total impact on the earth. Lessening impact is providing, using or supporting products that can be recycled, reused, re purposed … [Read more...]

Top 6 Keys to Recycling in the Office

I remember once, I got an email from a optician, who wrote "Help- they even put cans in the trash, where I work- what can I do?"  I have to admit that's pretty bad. Cans are the top recycled item, and it's pretty easy to recycle because every recycling program takes cans. The Top 2 Keys to recycling in an office is to have 1.) readily available … [Read more...]

Save Money- Save Energy

Making New Energy Habits All of these might seem time consuming and a hassle. Forming a new habit of turning off the lights and shutting down your computer is simply a process of time, repetition and growth. Just make it a point daily to do at least 1 of the below listed tasks and it will happen. Electricity Why ? According to Time … [Read more...]

Save $1000/ Year with Eco Friendly Kitchens

The kitchen can be a huge carbon footprint! Listed below are some areas of where you can save money in the kitchen with the added benefit helping the environment. Refrigerator: The refrigerator is the single biggest energy-consuming kitchen appliance. What it cost: Opening and closing the door costs between $30-$60.00 per … [Read more...]

Greening Your Office

Just an FYI- Half (50.8%) of U.S. workers say their company has a significant initiative such as carpooling and recycling, but most report being cynical about their employer’s motivation for going green, according to the American Workplace Poll, conducted by Zogby International and released by The Marlin Company. The poll surveyed 755 … [Read more...]