Sustainability Statement by jrsmith

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									Sustainability Statement

At XYZ Garden Center we’re committed to the ecological health of our community,
our country and the planet. We practice sustainable growth – meeting the needs of the
present without comprising future generation’s ability to meet their own needs. We
support growers and suppliers who share our concerns and promise towards ‘green’
solutions to the reduction of greenhouse gas, energy consumption and post consumer
waste.

Reuse, Renew and Recycle: We recycle all pots, baskets, flats and other plastics both
that we use, and that others bring back to us. By recycling we can extend the life of a pot
or flat by about 3-4 years. We also recycle soda cans and other recyclables throughout
the garden center.

Organic Alternatives: We offer safe solutions for pest and disease control through
organic fertilizers, compost and natural pest control. Although we are not certified as a
commercial organic grower, we do not now, nor have we ever used sprays or chemicals
on our edible plants. This includes vegetables and herbs. The chemicals that we do use
are low impact. We use no RUP's- restricted use pesticides.

Native Plants: We offer a wide selection of native plants designed to reduce the need
for fertilizers, and chemical pest and disease control products. Native plants also provide
support for beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. We would like to encourage
homeowners to replace turf with ornamental grasses, native perennials and other water-
wise alternatives.

Green Building: We’ve replaced outdated fiberglass off of both the greenhouses and
retail areas and replaced it with new, polycarbonate sheeting. This eliminates any
possible chemical hazards associated with fiberglass and decreases our demand for
energy in the winter months. We’ve also installed a new, state of the art, energy
efficient heating system that will also decrease our demand for energy, thereby
conserving fuel.

Greener Holiday Lighting: We’ve replaced lights, especially many of the lights in our
Christmas shop with LED lights which use up to 80-90% less energy.

Plant a Tree: At XYZ garden center we feature a wide selection of shade and evergreen
trees. Depending on location, species, size, and condition, shade from trees can reduce
utility bills for air conditioning in residential and commercial buildings by 15-50 percent.
Trees, through their shade and transpiration, provide natural "low-tech" cooling that
means less need to build additional dams, power plants, and nuclear generators. Trees
also reduce carbon, noise levels, and water runoff while improving air quality.

Visit our website for more information on ways to protect our natural resources.

								
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