Going Green

Puritan’s Green Initiative

by Andy on October 26, 2009

PurSwab Logo As environmental awareness continues to increase, both stateside and abroad, we like to give recognition to our vendors who go above and beyond the norm with environmentally conscious business practices. Today’s spotlight is on Puritan Medical Products, our manufacturer for PurSwab swabs.

Collaborating with organizations who promote sustainability and green initiatives such as GrowSmart Maine and Efficiency Maine, Puritan takes a bottom-up approach to protecting their natural assets locally. They choose to support wood harvesters and land owners who work with the following groups:

They are also working towards an FSC certification and an ISO 14001, an internationally recognized standard showing commitment to environmental standards and compliance with legislation.

Some other everyday green business practices include:

  • Encourage electronic ordering and payment options, reducing the need for the use of paper products
  • Use fluorescent and LED lighting, and wood waste boiler for heat to cut utility consumption
  • Recycle 100% of paper, corrugate material, glass, and metal waste
  • Packaging manufacturing facility runs on 100% renewable energy for all building heat, all hot water, and all process drying and steam conditioning
  • Purchased electricity is generated from ~10% renewable energy sources

This is just a sampling of all the steps Puritan is taking to become a greener company. Check out even more of their credentials!


IAC Industries Goes Green

by Andy on January 21, 2009

IAC Industries - Benches and Chairs

IAC Industries - Benches, Chairs & Storage

Several months ago we received an e-mail from IAC Industries, manufacturer of benches, chairs and storage, explaining what they do as a company to lessen their impact on the environment. I think this is a trend that we’re going to see a lot more of but I thought I’d pass on what they’re doing to go green.

Recycling – There is a lot of waste in many companies but IAC uses shipping packages that are made of 70% recycled materials and almost all of their packing is recyclable

Water – The first stage of IAC’s wash system for parts painting recycles water through a filter which allows for reuse of that water

Less Waste – Let’s face it, even well designed products will wear out and that’s why IAC allows for easy replacement of parts that wear…that way the whole unit doesn’t need replaced

Energy – Energy conservation practices have been put into place for manufacturing processes

Toxins – IAC uses materials (including glues) that will not outgas at the user’s facility or cause environmental harm when disposed of at the landfill

According the the email, IAC Industries also consults on a regular basis with an environmental company to make sure their process are up-to-date or even ahead of current environmental regulations.