1% for the Planet
Since 2008, Evermine has been a member of 1% for the Planet. Our commitment as a member of this organization is to contribute, each year, one percent of our total gross income (this means ALL the money we take in, before taxes, expenses, no deductions) to environmental organizations. Our chosen organizations are the Nature Conservancy of Oregon and Western Rivers Conservancy, among others. Our interest is to increase lands set aside for wildlife ecosystems, and our special interest is the Zumwalt Prairie in Eastern Oregon, just north of the Wallowa Mountains, and the John Day River in Northern Oregon.
The Evermine building has been LEED Certified Silver since 2010, and continues to improve energy and water efficiencies, waste management, green cleaning, and on-site wildlife habitat.
Energy Star partner
As a U.S. EPA Energy Star Partner, we've pledged to work with Energy Star to reduce our energy use. In line with this commitment, an internal Energy Team tracks energy use and masterminds energy reduction strategies that the whole company can get behind.
In and around our building:
- Electric is powered 100% by wind when wind is available from the power company.
- Thirteen skylights in the main building allow for natural light. As a result, most overhead lights are off except for specific task lighting. The skylights have summer covers to deflect heat during hot days. The covers deflect 70% of the sunlight which allows for ample suffused light, but protects from the heat.
- Windows are openable for ventilation and fresh air.
- Rolling doors are adjustable to control the amount of light and heat that comes into the building.
- Outdoors, large areas of parking lot have been restored to park-like gardens with benches and tables, where staff and guests can take breaks. The gardens include large areas of flowers for our photo shoots.
- To control roof runoff and deflect it from the municipal drain system, we built five rain gardens. Included in the rain system is a little creek that runs through the garden and into a plant-filled low area, where it waters plants instead of going down storm drains.
- Deciduous trees in front of the south-facing windows of the building provide climate control — they give shade and cooling in the summer, and in the winter with the leaves gone, they allow sunlight to warm the rooms.
- The truck driveway alongside the building, used by the previous owner as access to the back parking lot, has been converted to a garden with a stone path, a fifty-foot arbor along the wall for climbing hydrangea, ground cover of corsican mint and sedum, native Oregon grape and vine maple, and a bench in a secluded corner for staff breaks.
- We added plenty of bicycle parking, including a covered area outdoors for five bikes, twelve indoor bike spots, and bike bollards out front for six more. We also provide a 'company bike' for staff to borrow for short trips during the day.
- In day-to-day maintenance and operations, we use products that are re-usable and/or biodegradable. Specifically, we avoid plastic and paper products as much as possible — this means no paper or plastic cleaning supplies. Housekeeping uses cloth towels for cleaning; white towels for surfaces, windows, railings, counters, etc., and blue towels for floor spot-cleaning and dirty jobs. For floors, we use a floor wet-mop and dust mop with a wood handle and a cotton yarn head.
- Thermostats are monitored quarterly to be sure they are operating in unison and in accordance with the need of the season. Temperature is turned down after hours to the minimum required for equipment needs.
- No chemical cleaning products and no bleach are used. Instead, we use natural disinfectants, especially vinegar-and-water and ammonia-and-water.
- The kitchen is not stocked with disposable products — no paper plates, paper cups, paper bowls, plastic forks, spoons etc. The only exception is paper napkins. Instead, it is stocked with real plates, glasses, mugs and flatware. This means a dishwasher is in use daily.
- Tea and coffee is bought in bulk. No individual tea bags, and coffee is made in a large coffee maker.
- No paper towels anywhere. In the bathrooms, high-powered blow dryers are installed, plus hooks for cloth towels for staff members who wish to provide their own.
In our products:
- Packaging — a goal of ZERO PLASTIC in our packaging has been met as closely as possible, at 98% plastic-free. Shipping boxes, envelopes, and bags are all paper — except for the plastic pull tab on envelopes, and the fiberglass reinforcement for paper tape that we use for large and heavy boxes. The tape for sealing most packages is paper with water-soluble adhesive. Our products are as much as possible earth-friendly in their creation and their disposal. We use recycled products wherever possible.
- Boxes for packaging coasters and cards are 100% paper. Tags and coasters are printed on 30% recycled paper. Cards are printed on 10% recycled paper and the white card stock is FSE certified. Pub-style coasters are 100% recyclable and biodegradable and the material is PEFC certified.
- We designed and created an original product called canning jar toppers. These have no adhesive and so are re-useable as well as fully recyclable and compostable.
- However, our paper labels are not recyclable for two reasons — the adhesive that works for peel-and-stick labels is petroleum based, and the carrier sheet (the bottom layer which the peel and stick labels are adhered to) is coated with silicone so the labels can stay on securely and come off when they are peeled.