By Nate | October 25, 2007
Yup, me too. That goes double, triple, quadruple for members of the Green Team here at Vermont Teddy Bear. In addition to their regular jobs, the Green Team crew work year round to promote and put into practice all manner of waste reduction and recycling. It’s a way of paying forward to help the world, but it pays back, too.
An example of their efforts: In the past year, Vermont Teddy Bear’s managed to raise enough money via our recycling that it’s paid for our trash disposal service. We even had money left over that we’re now using to buy post-consumer-waste copy paper (i.e., paper made from recycled paper). It’s a first for us.
Members of the Green Team recently put on presentations to share some of the info from their efforts. In the above picture of presenter Anita Germain, you’ll notice a cardboard display festooned with trash.
Wait, maybe not. It turns out that a lot of the stuff that we had no choice but to throw away can now be recycled. Although we can’t (yet) recycle bottle caps, straws, or disposable coffee cups that aren’t specifically labeled “eco-friendly,” anything else that’s plastic with a recycling code of #1 through #7 is good and can be dropped off here at special repositories. There’s lots of other materials we can now accept from Bear Crew, including glass, plastic wrap, even frozen food trays. Here’s the most current list.
Hats off to the Green Team for teaching by showing and helping us all make it better together. Being green is Being Bear.
Postscript: Here’s a recent post with more thoughts from Green Team superstar Brad Barratt.