Western Sky Communications

Western Sky CommunicationsHow does the company exemplify the concept of “reducing”?

I was raised by conservative Republicans who also were staunch environmentalists. Yes, such people exist. Mom and Dad were saving energy by buying fuel efficient cars 10 years before the Energy Crisis of the early 1970s. Dad was saying that America was running out of oil when I was a little kid. He knew of what he spoke. He worked in the oil and chemical industries and thought that W. King Hubbert’s peak oil predictions were right on the money. I may have taken things a bit further than the rest of my family in that I’ve never owned a car. I get around by bicycle, which is how I lower my carbon footprint. It also reduces my desire to do unnecessary shopping, because I have to haul whatever I buy on the bike. Call it the backpacker’s minimalist philosophy applied to everyday life.

How does the company exemplify the concept of “reusing”?

Western Sky Communications is a digitally-based one-woman business that creates intellectual property. So, there isn’t a lot of stuff around here to reuse. But I’m a big one for mining the junk mail for use as scratch paper. And go to my blog and check out the garden basin that I built from busted up concrete that I bicycled home from a nearby building demolition. (I towed the concrete in my bike trailer.) A more recent bicycling treasure was a collection of clay pots that I retrieved from a neighbor’s Brush and Bulky discard pile. The pots are now part of my container vegetable garden. They have been blogged as well. In short, this isn’t just a business thing for me. It’s a way of life.

What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?

I’m a strong believer in not buying things I don’t need. Which means that there’s a lot less stuff coming in here. Meaning less materials to recycle. That being said, what do I do about things like paper? Well, all the printer paper gets re-used on the back. After that, it gets dropped into the recycle bin or torn up into little bits and composted for my garden. I also look for items that have as little packaging as possible. And I participate in Freecycle and Tucson’s Really, Really Free Market.

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

I get around by bicycle and I make sure that people know it. If they’re not careful, I’ll tell them a story or two about my bicycle rides through all 50 of the United States. (Did that back in my twenties and thirties.) I have no qualms about riding to business meetings clomping into conference rooms with my cleated shoes. I figure that if people don’t like my bike, then we probably won’t have much of a business relationship.

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

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