O’Blaney Rinker Green Initiative

O’Blaney Rinker is GOING GREEN

The O’Blaney Rinker office is on a mission to shrink our carbon footprint and become more educated on how to be green in the office and in everyday life. Every month in 2020 we will take action towards a green initiative.

For February, we purchased cups and new cutlery to eliminate plastic waste.

Plastic cups, forks, knives and spoons may be convenient, but they’re wreaking havoc on our oceans. In fact, six million tons of non-durable plastics are discarded every year. While many of us make efforts to recycle, it’s simply not enough. In fact, 85 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled. That means it’s sent to landfills. But that’s not where it stays. Where does it end up? The ocean. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources and nearly 90 percent of that is plastic. This totals out to 8.8 million tons of plastic that make their way from land to the water every single year!
Resource: One Green Planet: www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-you-can-stop-single-use-plastic-waste/

Pathway Lighting is also taking steps to care for our environment now and for future generations.

Pathway Lighting is shifting away from wasteful packaging to eco-friendly package designs. When they ship, you’ll see cardboard cutouts designed to fit more of their products per box – and no plastic or environmentally-destructive fillers. Fewer boxes and less stuffing diminish their carbon footprint, making your job sites less messy by decreasing the amount of post-construction debris.

“I developed these package designs for our fixtures with the goal to minimize waste by using the most biodegradable material available, yet still ensuring maximum protection during shipping,” said Todd Guertin, Chief Executive Design Officer at Pathway Lighting. “This saves both time and money, and the cardboard can be easily recycled. It’s a win-win for everyone.”


This month we began our campaign by purchasing office plants to improve the air quality. (and yes..we have named them too!)

DID YOU KNOW…the plant on the right (Aretha), known as a Snake plant, is one of the top air purifying plants identified by NASA? It removes at least 107 known air pollutants, including carbon and nitrogen monoxide, formaldehyde, chloroform, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene among many others. It also produces a large amount of oxygen throughout the night, making it an excellent plant to keep in the bedroom.