Did you know that the food services areas at our Lake Trail and Hilchey Road construction projects went ‘green’ this year? Although it was a lot of extra work on behalf of our staff Volunteer Coordinators and volunteer Site Hosts, we hand-washed our morning coffee break and lunch dishes. And all volunteers were asked to bring reusable water bottles. With up to 30 people on the sites some days, that calculates to be LOTS and LOTS of dishes!
Based on the 3,112 volunteer shifts that were covered, we estimate that we diverted the following from the landfill:
- 6,000 water bottles
- 9,000+ disposable coffee cups, plates and soup bowls
- over 10,000 pieces of cutlery
In addition to the environmental impact, this represents significant operational cost savings to our organization — because we didn’t spend very much money on disposable food services supplies. All the dishes we used were donations to the ReStore, so we didn’t have to spend money to make the switch.
Yes, we still used paper napkins. (No-one is perfect!) And we did, on occasion use some paper plates in a pinch, but we did our best to make a positive impact. Thank you to the staff and volunteer teams in our Volunteer Services kitchens for making this happen! You ROCK! Or should we say, you WASH!
Other green initiatives included recycling paper and plastic and soda cans, as well as providing end cuts/scraps of lumber free to people who wanted it for firewood.
Sign up for a volunteer shift to see the changes at our two construction sites firsthand! We still need volunteer support to complete these two project. Follow this link to volunteer.