April 15, 2012
-- It doesn’t take years of work or a huge investment to make a difference in the environment. Shifting to green practices in small ways can be done easily and quickly, and often with little financial investment. A recent survey found that 79% of consumers would rather buy from companies doing their best to adopt green practices to save the environment than not, and 35% are willing to pay a premium for green goods. According to the US Green Building Council, there a more LEED certified residential communities being built, ranking in at number three to commercial office ventures and higher education projects. In addition, more traditional residences are making moves to conserve resources, support “green” actions and/or offer sustainable solutions. Materials such as steel framing (which is recycled and recyclable) and blown-in cellulose insulation, along with green site design such as managed water runoff and designated green spaces; are not uncommon.
Companies like Ivy Coating paints are offering zero-VOC premium quality, non-toxic, fast curing paints and primers to help homeowners and property managers decrease their carbon footprint. Manufactured in Brooklyn, NY, the company takes pride in nearly odor free tints that are free of Formaldehyde, ammonia and ethylene glycol.
Don’t want to get your hands dirty?! Wear Gloves! Just a few people, who do not recycle correctly, can contaminate recycling bins. WhiteGloves Waste, LLC is a New Jersey based waste concierge service offering tenant doorstep-to-
dumpster recycled and co-mingled waste management services to multi-family dwellings. With the greatest frequency of residential written complaints in multi-housing apartment communities referring to trash/disposal areas; recycling poses a challenge for many residential rental communities. Committed to strengthening communities through advancing education on recycling, WhiteGloves Waste’s “Butler Bins” provide residents seeking time saving amenities with a convenient, secure and reliable system that improves sustainability.
Eco-friendly is not an option, it’s a lifestyle for GreenClean, LLC. “Coming clean the green way,” GreenClean uses products that are safe, nontoxic and biodegradable to rid kitchens, bathrooms and counters of bacteria. Founded in the 1980’s, respect for the natural environment as well as a concern for the human impact on our world is behind Plyboo’s commitment to sustainably harvested bamboo for hardwood floors.
Countertops that make for a large carban footprint don’t rock! Natural stone countertops like, quartz, as well as recycled glass are responsible options that are uranium free. A facility that recycles 90% of their waste, IceStone USA offers recycled glass countertops.