A Paper-less Christmas
Wrap with reusable shopping bags. This alternative to gift wrap can easily come in colors and styles, and for another Earthy-treat, use recyclable juice pack or lunch totes. Use surplus subway or topographical maps. They are colorful, vintage and educational. Enough said.Bring a basket. Gift wrap isn't needed when you have a beautiful woven basket to put the item in. And your loved one can use it to store things in their home as well. Make the wrapping part of the gift. Put gift items in containers like a bucket, watering can, mixing bowl or stockpot. It becomes a theme gift this way and appears even more thoughtful that just the thought of going green. No tape. This may sound tricky but try making tightly-creased folds as you wrap, securing it by tying up the package tightly (in two directions) with natural twine or wool yarn that can be reused. Use the news. Don't spend a dime on wrapping paper when you already have paper in your home. Try paper bags, leftover wallpaper or cut out images from magazines, comics, children's drawings or old greeting cards to give your package an artistic flair. --
Meet our Green Biz Wichita Member
Doing Our Part For A Healthier Planet.
2355 S. Edwards, Suite D
Volume IV, Issue2
LaCretia Lage was picking up her dry cleaning when she noticed a Green Biz Wichita sign at In The Bag Cleaners. The logo made her curious about the city's sustainable business organization and she wanted to know more. After all, she and her husband's business, ChemStation, are the idealic company to be a Green Biz Wichita member.
ChemStation is an affiliation of Manufacturing Centers that offers its customers the unique service of custom-manufactured cleaning chemicals. The solution is delivered in bulk to refillable containers, which eliminate the waste and inefficiency of storage drums.
ChemStation of Kansas is located in the Wichita and covers the majority of the state. In 2011, Kevin and LaCretia Lage opened their franchise, now one of 57 in the U.S. With six employees the company is working to serve businesses to provide this type of "green" cleaning system . The Lage's serve the region with a customized product mix and manage it with an efficient delivery process.
The ChemStation system is a combination of two components: custom-formulated, environmentally-friendly industrial cleaning as well as process chemicals delivered to refillable containers.
"Our path to sustainability involves the development of products and our system of delivery, meeting the needs of today with care and concern for the natural resources that are necessary for future generations," Lage says. "Our motto is refill, not landfill."
ChemStation serves various industries such as local manufacturing, transportation providers, car rental, energy services, ready-mix plants, concrete pumping and construction/rental services. The company prides itself on knowledgeable staff trained on the use of products, equipment support, preventative maintenance programs and fully-stocked vehicles to reduce downtime.
Lage says ChemStation also eliminates the customer from having to order products and receiving, storing or handling problems.
"ChemStation proportion controls allow the customer to control exact dilutions, eliminating waste and guesswork," she says. "Lastly there is no disposal with ChemStation's tank system and it's free as long as they use our system."
Joining Green Biz Wichita was a natural fit for ChemStation and Lage says she hopes to be part of a local organization that is supporting the community by keeping the Wichita environment clean and safe.
"We felt that GreenBiz would be a great organization to belong to with the same goals as us to make our planet a healthier one," Lage says. --
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