Environmental Policies and Practices
As an Orthodox Christian operating a small business, I feel it is imperative that my
actions do not have a detrimental effect on God's creation. I try to "step lightly" on
the earth and have put the following into practice:
- All mailings are in 100% post-consumer recycled envelopes and swatch cards are re-
used multiple times (many of them are used for years).
- I purchase all office supplies, such as paper and toner cartridges, based on which
are the most environmentally-sound.
- Shipping boxes are partially post-consumer and re-used whenever possible. I use
blank, recycled newsprint for packing material.
- Virtually all of my office and workshop equipment is either used or hand-made.
Printers, desks, files, and warehouse shelving are all used; tables and storage cupboards
are made by my father.
- I choose all garment materials based on quality, because quality garments last far
longer and therefore don't need replacing as often.
- Fabric is used as economically as possible in order not to create waste. I also
have a "scrap box" program in which small scraps of fabric are sent to children learning
- My workshop is built with 2x6 construction and has extra insulation in both the
walls and the ceiling. It has fluorescent lighting and a mini-heat exchanger for both
heating and cooling, which is both energy-efficient and economical. The gutters drain to
rain barrels (very important in rainy Portland!) which I then use for plantings around
- Home businesses have a definite advantage when it comes to car emissions: I drive
my car less than 2500 miles per year.
- Whenever possible, I choose local businesses for supplies as this not only
supports my local community, but keeps the detrimental effects of transport to a
- While some of my supplies come from other countries, thereby necessitating global
transport, I maximize each shipment to avoid unnecessarily wasteful shipments.
- All fabric scraps are sent to an organization that recycles them into insulation
for houses (these are un-useable scraps that cannot be made into any other item). This
keeps the equivalent of one 32-gallon garbage can of scraps out of the landfill every