In Pursuit of Sustainability
• Reuse gray water or capture rain water for landscaping.
Our economy is geared to drive costs down, use more “stuff” and make this “stuff” cheaper. When we have this mentality, we devalue our raw materials to the point of commoditizing them—viewing them more as a means to a profit than a natural resource. We leave an ecological footprint regardless of our activity. The key is to reduce or minimize that footprint however we can, be it through reuse of materials, recycling or recapturing our waste byproducts.
When our society as a whole takes sustainability seriously, we can enjoy the benefits of lower energy costs, less pollution, the preservation of our forests and a healthier lifestyle, while knowing that we’re leaving our kids, and their kids, a world worth having.
Tom Kemper is CEO and founder of Dolphin Blue, an online retailer of environmentally responsible office supplies, and is available for speaking opportunities. Since 1993, Dolphin Blue has promoted the responsible stewardship of the Earth’s resources by encouraging the conscientious purchase of everyday business supplies. All products sold through Dolphin Blue contain, at minimum, 20 percent post-consumer recycled material, most being made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Packages and labels are made using only post-consumer recycled materials and are printed using only soy- and vegetable-based inks. The Green Office Guide is available for free download at www.dolphinblue.com.
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