Tag Archives: Sustainability

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22


 
Earth Day will be observed by more than 1 billion people around the world this Saturday. Since its debut on April 22, 1970, it has annually reminded us all of the value of clean air, land, and water.

As an environmentally responsible company, Ergotron is doing our part to reduce our footprint while growing. We use state-of-the-art management and manufacturing practices to “go green” wherever possible. Our products are built sustainably, and comply with the Green Building Council and other sustainable building certification criteria.

Also, Ergotron products are designed to be future-proof, so they continue to be useful when you add new personnel, upgrade computer hardware, or reconfigure a work space.

Our mission: to help you save money, reduce pollution, and protect your employees and families.

Want to help make a difference? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Find tips for practicing the “3 Rs” of waste reduction every day in our environment: at home, school, work, and in your community.

Look for special activities in your local area in recognition of Earth Day on Saturday. Near Ergotron HQ, 75,000 ladybugs were released inside the Mall of America by kids this past Thursday. As natural predators of plant-killing insects, they will help replace chemical pesticides for the 30,000 plants and 400 trees inside the 5.6 million-square-foot building.

Join the conversation on social media with #EarthDay2017.

Bring on the stinky shoes…America Recycles Day shoe drive at Ergotron

By Denise Luther, Sr. Graphic Designer @ Ergotron

In honor of America Recycles Day today, Ergotron employees were asked to drop off shoes of all types, sizes and styles, in any condition, in the Ergotron lunchroom.

Shoes donated as part of the program are being collected by the Adult Training Habilitation Center in conjunction with Recycling Association of Minnesota, and will either be separated for reuse or recycled into new products.
 
I wasn’t sure what the response to this unusual request would be, but Ergotron employees stepped up to the challenge. Each morning the collection box was piled high with old cowboy boots, sneakers, well-loved slippers, and party shoes that have dropped off the guest list.
 
My teachable moment came when I was doing a bit of research for this blog and found a link to Nike’s ReUse A Shoe drive (on the EPA’s WasteWise site). I did not know that my local Nike store collects used sneakers and recycles them into sports flooring, equipment and clothing.

And guess what Nike? According to today’s Greenbiz post, “Puma is exploring how to make shoes, t-shirts and bags that are either compostable or recyclable.” Good to know.

Who knew shoes were so, well, multi-functional? Are there any other sites you have found? Share your resources with us!

Green Giants (and one Sprout)

Denise Luther, Senior Graphic Designer @ Ergotron

I have been enjoying the “GreenBuzz” email newsletter from GreenBiz that my friend Michelle told me about. While reading a recent article on EPEAT, the Green Electronic Council’s green computing certification program, I was compelled to click on a link for the Steelcase “Be a Green Giant” initiative.

Not only does this site meet my own aesthetics for beautiful design (the elegant lateral navigation makes for a seamless, holistic visual experience), it also offers practical tips for “creating significant positive change for both people and planet.”

My favorites:

  1. Kick off a program of sustainability at the office. Form a group that focuses on improving environmental and social issues. Make sure to measure activity and impact. After all, you’ll want to celebrate big accomplishments.
  2. Tired of all the greenwashing? Don’t just settle for “green”—look into the full social and environmental impact of the products you use. If you don’t like what you find, consider options that achieve higher standards.
  3. Tired of seeing all those paper cups in the trash? Initiate a recycling program at work—create a contest to see which department can create the least amount of non-recyclable waste. Your recycling bins will see significantly more use.

(Click here for the rest of the 16 tips)

Ergotron has implemented a recycling program at our St. Paul office/warehouse as one of our sustainability efforts.

Carrie Grossman (from our purchasing department) tracks recycling of scrap plastic, wire/cable, TVs, keyboards and power supplies.  Since July of 2008, Ergotron has stopped 8,149 pounds of these materials from ending up in Minnesota landfills. We recycle pop cans and bottles, steel, aluminum, cardboard, plastics, pallets, and more.

We also saved $4,500 in six months by installing energy-efficient lighting.

We are working toward ISO 14001 certification (a global environmental standard) in 2009.

What’s on your “green” to-do list for 2009?

Carrie shows off one of the containers donated by Dakota County to help jump-start our recycling program.

Not-so-big Carrie shows off the giant recycling container donated by Dakota County to help jump-start Ergotron’s recycling program.

 

Is Ergotron “green”?

Jane Payfer, CMO @ Ergotron
JRPAs a supplier partner to many market making PC OEM and display companies around the globe, we’re asked routinely at Ergotron what our “green” initiatives are.

If you’re not green these days, you’re nowhere.

While we have extensive recycling and packaging/containerization efforts going on, I’ve said, and my team thinks I’m using marketing spin, that Ergotron’s products are  beyond green: they are designed for re-use.

I’m not being flippant.  I’m very, very serious.

Many companies these days build their products to be “disposable.”  They build for obsolescence.  They count on a “refresh” cycle to have an annuity business model. Ergotron doesn’t.

Quite the contrary, we build our products to outlive the flat panel monitors, notebooks and large displays they attach to.

We build them so well, we know they frequently outlast two monitors’ fields lives.  We see some factory floors that still have our Command Center arms and pole mounts that were shipped in the early ‘90s. 

How does making something that lasts and lasts to begin with play in today’s green washed discussions? 

What’s the more ecological trade off? 

Building something to last and in so doing, not consuming double raw materials or energy for a second or third time?

Or, building something using sub-standard, but “green” components, and then having to make a second and possibly even third product to deliver the field life of the less green version?

You tell me.