Smart Business. Smart Choice
More and more, businesses and consumers are recognizing the advantages of reducing waste, saving water and energy, recycling, and using less hazardous materials. EnviroStars businesses are eliminating hazardous chemicals and discharges, protecting workers, operating more efficiently, and giving their customers a safer product, service and place to live. Here are examples of what some EnviroStars businesses are doing:
- EnviroStars marinas are preventing contaminants from reaching Puget Sound and local waterways: by providing sewage pumpout services, boat maintenance policies and guidance for tenants, spill prevention and absorbent pads on docks, and sponsoring on-the-water cleanups.
- EnviroStars dentists are reducing mercury and lead: by installing amalgam wastewater treatment units to capture mercury for reclamation, switching to digital radiography instead of traditional x-rays, and paperless computerized patient charts.
- EnviroStars auto repair shops are reducing hazardous materials and recycling: by replacing solvent-based parts cleaners with water-based systems, recharging and reusing antifreeze, and heating their facilities with recaptured waste oil.
- EnviroStars auto body shops are reducing paint wastes and air emissions: by using computerized paint measuring systems to mix exactly the right amount for each job, and switching to products that minimize volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals.
- EnviroStars landscapers are reducing the use of pesticides: by implementing full organic programs, using integrated pest management practices, building healthy soils and selecting native plants for their work.
- EnviroStars dry cleaners are spreading the use of less-toxic chemicals to clean garments: by investing in alternatives to perchloroethylene (perc) such as wet-cleaning, carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrocarbon solvent, and silica-based cleaners; many offer reusable garment bags and recycle hangers too.
- EnviroStars printers are minimizing solvent and ink waste: by assisting customers with careful print job design, using vegetable-based inks, changing to less hazardous press cleaners, and distilling solvents for re-use.
80% of consumers surveyed across five counties in the Puget Sound area said they preferred to support environmentally minded businesses, like EnviroStars:
The above chart is from a telephone survey conducted in Feb. 2007 by Evans McDonough Company, Inc