2016. 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 including charitable giving.
OMBE's 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 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.Every year on Earth Day we review our green business practices to improve our sustainability as a locally-owned, small business. 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, fillers, and other chemicals. Organic, biodegradable and fair-trade teas. Eco-friendly yoga and Pilates mats: biodegradable, PVC-free and made from renewable sources. Exercise props made from bamboo, organic cotton, or other non-toxic materials. Fragrance and phosphate-free laundry detergents and soaps. BPA-free credit card receipt paper.
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. 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. 75% of our vendors are local.
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) and lavatory sinks with low-flow aerators (less than 1.5 gpm). HVAC system, appliances, and plumbing regularly checked quarterly for necessary maintenance and leaks.
NEIGHBORHOOD. Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. However, the center's green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment. OMBE donates to environmental charities locally and around the world. If you are a local non-profit and are interested in teaming with OMBE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org