Category Archives: Sustainability

5 Ways Your Veterinary Clinic Can Go Green

Appealing to Environmentally Aware Pet Owners

green and sustainable veterinary practices

The rise of global warming means that we all must do our part in creating a greener planet, whether you’re a homeowner or a small business owner. And the drive to make your surroundings more eco-friendly isn’t just limited to a few obvious businesses, either. Extending through every potential industry, creating and maintaining green practices around the workplace includes making your veterinary practice more sustainable, too.

The task can be done in a wide variety of ways, such as making sure the pet medications you use are sourced from a reliable, ethical pharmacy, all the way to simply reducing the consumption of various medical resources in your practice. Read on to learn a few more ways that you can take your veterinary practice more green. Continue reading

How to Have a Safe and Happy, Eco-Friendly Halloween

Can Halloween Be Environmentally Friendly?

Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is a fun holiday where we can eat all of the candy we want and dress up in weird and funky costumes to scare each other. Along with any celebratory time, however, the holiday can also present special challenges. People can grow raucous and demanding, especially when blood sugar spikes and then ebbs, due to an excess of Snickers bars! It is possible to have fun and remain safe and eco-friendly on Halloween, just like any other day.

The typical Halloween traditional, of course, it to decorate your yard with ghosts, orange lights, and all manner of spooky paraphernalia. But in truth, this amounts to a load of plastic waste and electricity usage. This year, try to avoid turning your yard into a graveyard full of evil spiders or Grim Reapers, if you can help it. You can be festive without being wasteful!

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Myers Container on Recycling and Sustainability

The Story Behind Myers Container Company

Myers Container Company

Many businesses find that there is a need in day to day operations for containers — for use in disposal or storage. And it’s an obvious statement to say that superior quality and service throughout the entire life-cycle of the container are on the top of the list of needs. When you find a company like Myers Container, you also discover that literally, everything that they sell is collectible for recycling or reuse. Every single employee, from the top of the company hierarchy to the workers in the factory put their faith in the idea of a sustainable company — and that’s exactly what they operate at Myers Container.

In 2007, the Stavig family acquired Myers Container and Container Management Services, the fourth generation in the family-owned business dating back to 1917.”In February 2011, the Stavigs added General Steel Drum in North Carolina, operating under its own name,” according to the about us section of the website, Myers Container.

Myers Container: Philosophy and Values

Companies looking to make a positive net impact on the environment tend to focus on things like quality and sustainability, and Myers Container is no exception. Continue reading

Intelligent Energy Solutions: Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency

UK Company Offers Affordable Solar Panel and Heat Pump Energy Solutions

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Environmental and energy security concerns have pushed renewable energy to the top of many governments’ priorities. The UK is no exception. Beginning in 2010, a feed-in-tariff program has been implemented to provide financial incentives to help accelerate investment in renewable energy. These incentives are cost-based, meaning that compensation is dependent on the cost of the renewable energy system.

Solar energy systems are therefore eligible for higher rates than wind due to the relatively higher cost of producing energy through solar technology. Unfortunately, this price advantage is not permanent. In April 2012, the feed in tariff for solar panels will be reduced to reflect the decline in solar panel prices. However, installations commissioned before then will still be guaranteed for 25 years at the current rate.

That leaves businesses, homeowners and public institutions a window of opportunity to take advantage of low solar panel costs and high feed in tariff rates–guaranteeing a great return on investment over the next 25 years. Continue reading

5 Basics of Home Composting

Composting Can Have a Major Environmental Impact

Why You Should Compost

Why You Should Compost

Every year, the average household produces hundreds of pounds of food and yard waste. Collectively, food and yard waste comprises nearly one-third of waste in the U.S. Landfills and incineration are the primary destinations of that waste, further polluting our environment.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Composting can transform that waste matter into a sustainable and useful soil additive–while at the same time diverting nearly a half-ton of waste on average from the waste stream per home per year.

Organic materials naturally decompose with the help of microorganisms, insects and earthworms. That process can be contained and expedited to help naturally recycle household food and yard waste. Continue reading

Food Miles: Food, Climate Change and Buying Local

Defining Food Miles

Food Miles: The Environmental Costs of Food Shipping

Food Miles: The Environmental Costs of Food Shipping

“Food miles” is a term that is used to draw attention to the ecological cost of how far food travels from producers to consumers.

Transportation is an important factor in evaluating the environmental impact of food. The resultant carbon emissions make up a significant portion of global carbon emissions and may have an profound effect on climate change.

In the past 30 years, the average distance that food travels on its way to consumers has increased by 25%.

Statistics vary, but some claim that food travels as much as 2,500 miles on average before reaching its end destination. There are a variety of possible causes, but they are generally thought to include globalization and the transformation of markets, the specialization of growing regions, and the rise of processed and packaged foods. Continue reading