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Recycling Pays Forward and Back

By Nate | October 25, 2007

Anita Germain demonstrates recyclable materials at Vermont Teddy BearOK, a raise of hands: How many of you are willing to help the environment and recycle?

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.

List of materials recyclable at Vermont Teddy BearWait, 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.

Topics: Bear Crew, Good News, In-House Issues | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Recycling Pays Forward and Back”

  1. Anita Says:
    October 26th, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for choosing an image where I look slim!

  2. Nate Says:
    October 26th, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Nah, it’s all that calorie-burning energy you put into your presentations. 😉

  3. Makayla Gonzalez Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    recycling should always be implemented to avoid to much pollution in the environment `”`

  4. Nate Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Well, I don’t know if recycling alone will suffice, but I certainly would second your recommendation.