2012. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about OMBE's green business practices. We have divided our green practices into five areas: guest services, recycling, energy usage, environmentally-friendly practices, and community work done in Boston neighborhoods. Every year we review our green plan to improve our environmentally-friendly products and services as well as our sustainability as a locally-owned, small business.
This year, OMBE is happy to announce the opening of our Eco-Beauty Bar. The Eco-Beauty Bar features organic and eco-friendly health and beauty products that have been selected based on their green ratings, peer reviews, and performance! Local companies include LEAP Organics from Cambridge, MA, Farmaesthetics from Newport, RI, and Badger from Gilsum, NH. We are also very excited to offer Marie Veronique Organics based in Berkeley, CA. This company combines the best of science and nature to create an effective, safe, and easy-to-use skin care line.
OMBE is also excited about our new eco-friendly Pilates mats from Kulae! Kulae is another local company based in Norwell, MA. Other improvements to our eco-friendly yoga and Pilates studio are organic cotton bolsters and a ballet barre made from FSC-wood and recycled materials.
At the front desk, we've upgraded our credit card paper to BPA-free status. Guests will also notice our creative gift cards which are made from corn. These cards are biodegradable but we ask guests to recycle them at OMBE so that they can be reused. When you recycle your card, you receive 10% off your next service at OMBE.
Last but not least, OMBE has applied to become a member of 1% For The Planet. 1% For The Planet was formed to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. We continue to improve our green business practices each year by reviewing our green business plan each year on Earth Day. If you have suggestions for OMBE on how to improve our sustainability, we'd love to hear from you! Read on to learn more about our eco-friendly business practices in practice every day!
GUEST SERVICES. Organic cotton sheets and towels. Organic massage oils free of parabens. Organic, biodegradable and fair-trade teas. Eco-friendly yoga mats: biodegradable, PVC-free and made from renewable sources. Bamboo yoga props. Organic wool yoga blankets and organic cotton straps. Phosphate-free laundry detergents and soaps.
RECYCLE, REUSE AND REDUCE. Brochures printed on 100% recycled and 100% post-consumer waste paper (PCW). 100% recycled and 100% PCW office paper. 100% recycled and 80% PCW paper towels, toilet paper and miscellaneous paper products. 100% recycled and 20% PCW facial tissue. We recycle 100% of our paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass. We compost all paper towels and food items. Ink cartridges, CFLs and electronic equipment 100% recycled. We use two-sided printing and copying only. All paper is reused as scrap and 100% recycled. We ask our vendors to reduce packaging and promotional materials. We stopped unwanted junk mail and signed the 'Do Not Mail' petition. We discourage faxes and do not use mass mailings as part of our marketing strategies.
ENERGY. 100% of our purchased energy supports wind power. Light dimmers installed in all treatment and waiting areas. Compact fluorescent bulbs installed in all common, stairwell, and storage areas. Our interior workspace has been arranged to take advantage of natural sunlight. Programmable thermostats set to 76 or above for cooling and 68 or below for heating. Floor fans, space heaters, double pane windows, and solar shades are used to reduce need for heating or cooling. All of our office equipment is turned off and unplugged when not in use. Power strips are used to reduce phantom loads. Refrigerators set between 38 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperature set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 75% of our vendors are local. We provide bike storage areas for clients and staff. 75% of our staff walk, bike or take public transportation. Our staff receives incentives for energy reduction and alternative transportation usage. We purchase renewable energy credits to offset CO2 production for everything else!
ENVIRONMENT. Non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products. Brochures printed with vegetable-based and low volatile organic compound (VOC) inks. Furniture, products, and equipment purchased have zero or low VOC emissions when available. We source furniture, products, and equipment from environmentally-conscious and local companies when available. To reduce waste, we donate, repurpose, or recycle items no longer in use. We have installed ultra-high efficient toilets (1.6 gpf), lavatory sinks with low-flow aerators (less than 1.5 gpm), and showerheads (less than 1.8gpm). HVAC system, appliances, and plumbing regularly checked quarterly for necessary maintenance and leaks.
NEIGHBORHOOD. 100% of proceeds from our open houses and pop-up events are donated to local environmental charities.