Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs

Flushing or trashing pharmaceutical products can be harmful to area water supplies (including the Chesapeake Bay, for those of us in the DC area).

Village Green Apothecary is now providing a safe, environmentally savvy way to dispose of unwanted and expired drugs. When consumers bring them into the pharmacy located at 5415 W. Cedar Lane in Bethesda, the drugs will be properly disposed of using the TakeAway Environmental Return System. Over-the-counter and prescription medications qualify, excepting controlled substances.

“It’s a very easy process,” says Marc Isaacson, president and owner of Village Green. “There’s a simple donation form that you can download from our website, or you can complete it in our store. Your privacy is absolutely ensured, and we ship items received directly to the facility that destroys the medications.”

The TakeAway program employs a waste-to-energy process, ensuring that the energy used to incinerate the drugs is harnessed as electricity. Around 200 million pounds of unused drugs are generated by Americans each year, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

“This is a safe, environmentally sensitive way to make sure that the drugs don’t end up trickling through our ecosystem into the Chesapeake Bay, or even into our drinking water,” Isaacson adds. ” Continue reading “Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs”

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What Makes Someone Go Green?

Green living is a popular subject. The green economy is anticipated to produce new jobs and alternative energy technologies are being developed to replace fossil fuel energy sources. Ultimately, though, a green economy is supported by consumers who are willing to buy greener products and technologies. So, a fair question to ask is the following: “What makes a consumer go green?”

I ask this question myself frequently, as my website is dedicated to showing people that it is in their best interest to live greener lifestyles. There are several possible answers to the question.

For example, would the desire to do less harm to the environment be a good motivator? What about giving someone a good feeling about living a more efficient and less wasteful life?

Maybe the idea that living greener also saves money would be a strong motivational force.

Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, the answer is none of the above. Rather, the strongest motivating factor to cause someone to go green is good, old-fashioned peer pressure.

Consider the following experiment that was done recently. Two different placards were placed in hotel bathrooms to encourage guests to reuse their towels. On the first was written “Show your respect for nature.” On the second placard were the words, “Join fellow guests in helping to save the environment,” while further noting that 75% of guests participated in the towel reuse program. The guests exposed to the second placard and the fact that many other guests were reusing towels were 25% more likely to reuse their towels than guests who saw the first placard.

A follow-up study tweaked the wording on the sign a bit more, making it specific to the room. The sign said, “75% of the guests who stayed in Room 331 reused their towels.” This sign achieved an even higher compliance.

Clearly, peer pressure works, and it is more effective than simple rationality about the benefits of reusing towels.

The results of this study have implications for companies marketing green products and services to consumers. Peer pressure and creating s guilt complex, even a subtle one, may produce the best results. I found these results somewhat surprising initially, but on reflection, less so. Being singled out as not being willing to go along with most other people in protecting the environment is much more powerful than just quietly going green because you think it is the right step to take for the environment.

These results also beg the question of how best to implement such a peer pressure strategy. I am still thinking about that one.

To your greener lifestyle!

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Benefits of the Virtual Office: Dramatically Lower Energy Consumption & Carbon Emissions

An estimate of the savings and environmental benefits of working from home or using a home office part-time was profiled in the April edition of Inc. Magazine. The study estimated the effects on energy consumption and carbon emissions if everyone who could work from home-about 40% of the work force-did so half of the time.

  • 100 hours per person not spent commuting
  • 50 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions cut
  • 276 million barrels of oil not needed (about 32% of Middle eastern oil imports)
  • 1,500 lives saved from auto accidents
  • $700 billion in total estimated savings to business, including $200 billion in productivity gains and $190 billion in reduced real estate expenses, utility bills, absenteeism, and employee turnover

Add to those benefits three more: less stress, better health, and more time for family.

For more tips and information on living a greener lifestyle, check out my website.

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How Green Are E-Books?

E-books are a wonderful invention.

They are the ultimate in simplicity. Literally – there is no physical product. No paper. No book cover. No ink.

An e-book is just a digitally formatted version of a print book. Nothing more than some computer code on a hard drive. A thousand or more e-books can be carried around easily on a small laptop computer or a magazine-sized reading device like the Kindle, Nook, or iPad.

So, are e-books green? How green? In two words:  yes, very.

In my opinion, there is no greener way to read.

Here are the facts. Each print book requires resources that include paper, ink, and other materials, plus energy for manufacturing, transportation, and delivery. There are also greenhouse gas emissions, estimated at Continue reading “How Green Are E-Books?”

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Green Kitchens

I enjoy helping my homeowner clients tackle the task of organizing their green kitchen. Whether you’re remodeling or simply reorganizing, here are some tips to get you on a path to a greener kitchen–the heart of your home. Continue reading “Green Kitchens”

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