One of the benefits of owning a small business is that you get to make choices that reflect what you believe in. At Focus Bodywork we are dedicated excellent bodywork and client care, but we also strive to make choices that enhance our local and global community. Here are some of the ways we strive to make less of a footprint on the planet:
Bike Friendly: We bike to work as often as possible (even with a mound of sheet laundry strapped to a pannier rack), we worked with our landlord to get bike racks installed at the plaza so that our clients may be enticed to bike to the studio, and we are a member of Bicycle Benefits.
Reusables: The health department requires us to have disposable hand towels, but we also provide cloth hand towels. It is important to stay hydrated, especially after bodywork. For this reason we have filtered water (from a refillable pitcher) available to consume in glassware, not disposable cups. We also reduce waste by buying massage lotion by the gallon and refill small dispensers to use in the treatment room. (The gallon jugs are also great for storing flour or sugar; let us know if you would like one!)
Green Products: We do a lot of laundry. Not only do we only run full loads, but we use an environmentally friendly detergent. Our office is cleaned with green products as well.
Local Sources: We use and sell local or regional products whenever possible. Among our favorites are Beyond Coastal sunscreen (Salt Lake City), JTree embrocations (CA), Big Dipper Waxworks candles (WA) and Peaceful Mountain arnica gel (CO).
Less Waste: In business there is a lot of paper waste. For this reason we do our bookkeeping and scheduling electronically as well as we e-mail receipts/invoices if they are requested.
Energy Efficient: To reduce energy use we set our thermostat to 80 in the summer and 60 in the winter using blankets to keep our clients comfy while reducing energy demands. And, we use LED light bulbs if natural light will not do.
We are always looking for other ways to support the health of our community and would appreciate any ideas you may have. Happy Earth Day!
By Emma Maaranen