Antigone Books reduced our energy consumption by installing energy efficient lighting throughout the store. Then 3 years ago we went 100% solar, thus reducing our energy needs further. We have a low flow toilet to reduce water usage. We also planted desert trees and cacti in our back yard. We encourage staff to get to work using alternative transportation by offering an incentive plan, thus trying to reduce car pollution. We reduce the number of bags we buy to give out to customers by reusing the variety of bags that are sent to us wrapping up various goods we buy. We also offer customers a choice of taking a bag or making a donation to a nonprofit organization. We offer cardboard boxes to anyone who wants them, thus hopefully reducing the number of “moving boxes” or mailing boxes people need to buy. We use swamp coolers instead of AC when the weather is dry enough, which saves a ton of energy. We discontinued the use of small plastic water bottles to give to our speakers, and instead we give them a glass of filtered water.
How does this company exemplify the concept of “reusing”?
Many of the above examples are reuse as well as reduce. We also reuse our cardboard boxes ourselves for outgoing shipments.
When we were told by the Green Certification folks that newer computer monitors would save energy, we put out a call to our customers asking if anyone had a newer model monitor they weren’t using any more. Two customers responded and we were able to replace the two old monitors we had.
We use paper twice, using both sides of the paper in the computer, and using the more damaged used paper to cut up for scrap paper.
What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?
We recycle voraciously and have for decades. We have a helper who picks up all our extra cardboard and paper recycling twice a month and takes it to the recycling center. He receives store credit for it. Everything else we recycle in our blue bin.
How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?
All our staff member are involved in the various ways we reuse, reduce and recycle, from Cheryl who cuts up all our scrap paper to Melissa who keeps all the reused bags in good order, to Mitch who takes the bus several times a week.
With every sale, we tell customers about our bag policy.
We offer our cardboard boxes for free to our customers, and advertise it in the 4th Ave. newsletter for all to see.
We offer bike parking in front of our store: 4 bike racks.
We advertise the fact that we are 100% solar. One customer credits us for inspiring him to go solar at his house. We distribute fliers about TFS, the wonderful company that helped us go solar.
What else would you like us to know about this company?
We’ve been “Green Business Certified” by the city of Tucson.