Green Living magazine

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How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reducing”?

Green Living magazine does not use single-use plastic utensils or bowls/plates. Instead, we use real cutlery and bowls/plates and simply wash them out. We also do not use plastic water bottles. We have a water cooler and drink out of reusable water bottles and cups. Any water that was accidentally left out gets used to water our office plants.

How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reusing”?

By reusing silverware, bowls/plates/cups we are reducing our impact by not using those single-use products and cluttering up the trash and landfills. We only print when necessary and often reuse paper by printing on the other side or using it as scratch paper. Instead of purchasing expensive single-use employee incentives, we have a few positive signs (one that says “You Rock!”) that we rotate around to show appreciation for hard-working employees.

What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?

Green Living magazine recycles abundantly. We teach all new interns and staff about recycling and composting on their first day. Amanda, our editor, also goes through the recycling bin and trash can to ensure the proper materials are being recycled, etc. Our office building does not recycle as a whole unfortunately, so Amanda and other staff take the large recycling bin to a recycling drop-off point in Scottsdale.

How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?

When new interns and employees start at Green Living magazine, they read a “Getting Started” Word document that gives them a breakdown on our company culture, recycling, reducing, composting, etc. We also inform our readers in every issue of the magazine the importance of sustainability. We blog online about breaking news and the latest sustainability initiatives and share eco-friendly events and news on our social media. The magazine’s purpose is to share the green word with our readers.

What else would you like us to know about this company?

All of our food waste and paper napkin product waste is composted. Very little ends up in the trash. We also use eco-friendly cleaning products throughout the office and purchase our electronics from a verified refurbished company so we reduce e-waste. Lights are turned off when rooms are not occupied and we rely mainly on natural light in the two offices that have large windows. We unplug electronics when not in use and carpool to events as much as possible.