SUSTAINABILITY

All of us at Brighter Bee Academy believe that our actions can reverse global warming and build a healthier and more sustainable world. We also believe that it is our responsibility as educators to understand the world your children will inherit and prepare them for it as best we possibly can.

In this vein, we have a firm commitment to sustainable practices, both as a school and as individuals. In everything we do, everything we produce and everything we purchase, we ask ourselves if we are making a decision that supports the most sustainable possible outcomes.

How Green Are We

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FLOORING

Our floor is linoleum, made from all natural materials and almost completely carbon neutral.

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CUTLERY

Our forks, knives and spoons are corn starch rather than plastic, and only used for event. For lunches, we use reusable cutlery.

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PLATES

Our plates are 100% compostable sugar cane fiber and are only used for events. For daily lunches, we use reusable plates.

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CUPS

Our coffee cups are corn-based polyactic acid (PLA) and biodegradable. Our clear cups are corn resin - compostable, petroleum-free, renewable and biodegradable - and are only used for events. For daily lunches, we use reusable cups.

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SOAP & CLEANSERS

Our hand and dish soaps are plant-based, contain no triclosan (poisonous in water) and are biodegradable. Our disinfectants contain no chlorine, acids or petroleum.

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COFFEE

Our disposable coffee pods are 100% compostable and made by a company committed to being carbon neutral as well as supporting the communities that make the coffee.

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WATER

Our sensors and push handles reduce water use by 50%.

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GARBAGE BAGS

Our garbage bags are made of 50% recycled plastic.

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LIGHTS

Our sensor and times reduce energy use by 50%.

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PAPER TOWELS, TISSUES, WIPES

Our paper towels are 60% recycled fiber (40% post-consumer). Our tissues are Green Seal Certified and 100% recycled content (90% post-consumer). Our wipes are compostable, plant-based and renewable.

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TOTE BAGS

Our tote bags are 55% hemp, which needs no pesticides, removes carbon from the soil and requires less water and land than cotton. They are made by a company committed to reversing global warming and ensuring that every step of production is earth- and human-friendly.

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PAPERS

All of our paper materials are locally produced in upstate New York by a company committed to sustainable and carbon neutral practices. This paper is 100% recycled content, processed without chlorine or harm to forests and Greal Seal Certified.