RECYCLING & COMPOSTING
We do not use polystyrene foam (Styrofoam). Our full-scale recycling program includes the separation and processing of cardboard, glass, metal, plastic and full-scale composting of organic material!
ENERGY and PAPER CONSERVATION
We installed Xlerator hand dryers in our employee and guest bathrooms. Xlerators use 80% less energy than traditional hand dryers and dry hands in 10 to 15 seconds. Xlerators also halve our paper towel usage, saving paper.
ELIMINATION OF BOTTLED WATER
As an environmentally friendly alternative to the waste associated with the manufacturing, transport and disposal of conventional bottled water, we installed the NATURA™ water system and discontinued using bottled water. The NATURA™ system is a countertop machine that triple-carbon filters and UV sterilizes water, which we then serve in reusable carafes (which don't end up in a landfill).
ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING
We installed energy efficient lighting in our kitchen and office-replacing older bulbs with newer, state-of-the-art compact fluorescents, eventually saving a projected 29,673 kilowatt hours.
We installed Water Efficient Faucet Aerators on all of our kitchen hand sinks. These aerators use only a half-gallon to one-and-a-half gallons of water per minute and they maintain a uniform water flow and spray pattern. This simple step will reduce the water consumption of our sinks by more than half.
We go through a lot of pizza boxes at OTTO, so we've switched to using ones that are made from 100% recycled cardboard! The use of post-consumer material in paper manufacturing conserves water and energy and greatly reduces the production of solid waste and the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the absence of chlorine in the bleaching process greatly reduces the amount of harmful pollution generally associated with paper bleaching.