What makes you green?
Are you green enough, just thinking about being green, or maybe just leaving it to somebody else to do your share?
As we have seen from Kyoto and Copenhagen, politicians are not capable of, or not willing to solve the pollution problem, so it is up to us – the ordinary people of the world - to take the lead and show them how it can be done.
At Rarity4u we take the pollution problem seriously and try to do what we can to help reduce environmental pollution. Antiques and our range of conservation and restoration products are obvious examples, but what about the less obvious.
We host our website at pair Networks Inc. who are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , USA , and the following is a copy of their company efforts to reduce pollution to a minimum.
“pair Networks, Inc., is committed to doing its part to protect the environment. From our environmentally-focused activities to our earth-friendly corporate culture, we strive to conduct a successful, profitable business in a responsible manner that does not harm our planet.
Take a moment to look at the ways that we try to be a good steward of the earth.
pair Networks, Inc. has reduced its "carbon footprint" to zero.
As of August 1st, 2007, all of pair Networks and pairNIC's operations, datacenters, support operations, and administrative facilities, are Carbon Neutral. Our status as a Carbon Neutral company is certified through Renewable Choice Energy
What does Carbon Neutral mean? It means that we offset the carbon dioxide we produce via our purchase of company-wide carbon offsets. The company Renewable Choice Energy uses this money to invest in projects that reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions around the world.
In addition, as a benefit of being employed at pair Networks, employees are given a Road Terrapass each year (from the company TerraPass), which offsets the carbon dioxide emitted by their car.
Reduced Energy Consumption
pair Networks utilizes the latest technologies to reduce the amount of electricity we use. Many of the light fixtures in our offices use Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL). CFLs use 50-80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
We also only use flat screen LCD monitors. LCDs typically use approximately 30% of the power of similar CRTs while reducing eye-strain and heat load. Another benefit of LCD monitors is that they do not emit harmful radiation unlike CRT monitors. Finally, LCD monitors contain less heavy metals such as lead and mercury than CRT monitors, which is better for the environment when the monitors reach the end of their life cycle.
We eliminate waste via a company-wide recycling program. We currently recycle materials such as aluminium cans, glass, household batteries, paper, and plastic.
While we only use paper when absolutely necessary, any paper that we use, including paper towels, is 100% recycled.
Healthy Working Environment
NASA studies have shown that certain plants work in a symbiotic relationship to remove air pollutants produced by other people, plants, and the environment. Based on this research, pair Networks has air purifying plants throughout its office space, which improve the indoor air quality and the health of our employees.
Recently, renovations to our office were made using earth-friendly materials such as cork flooring, recycled blue jean insulation, and biodegradable paint and coatings that contain no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
We also make sure that our office is only cleaned with natural and organic cleaning products, which promotes employee health and does not introduce dangerous chemicals into our indoor environment.
Earth-Friendly Employee Culture
pair Networks promotes its earth-friendly culture in a variety of ways. We offer our employees a supply of free USDA certified organic fruit in our cafeteria. As another employee benefit, we offer a free membership to the regional Audubon Society, which allows our employees to learn more about environmental stewardship and experience Western Pennsylvania's natural environment first hand. Our employees also volunteer for events sponsored by the Audubon Society and other similar organizations.
Many of our employees do their part to help the environment by using public transportation, riding bikes, and taking hybrid cars to work. And as mentioned previously, everyone that drives to work has been given a TerraPass to offset the carbon their vehicle produces each year.