Every day is Earth Day!

April 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

Though Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, our facilities and transportation teams work hard to make Bloodworks Northwest’s operations as green and socially conscious as possible every day.

Recycling

We recycle everything from your post-donation juice bottles to Styrofoam and the plastic racks used in our laboratories.

Seadrunar (Seattle Drug & Narcotic Center, Inc.), our major recycling pickup vendor, utilizes the profit from BloodworksNW recyclables to enhance their programs

Seadrunar provides treatment and job training for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction to help them rebuild their lives. Their work therapy program, residential treatment center, and child care center are just a few ways in which Seadrunar makes a difference in our community.

Compost

We also compost at some of our locations with Cedar Grove; compost keeps biodegradable material out of landfills and reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides on a farm or in your garden. Cedar Grove gives back to local businesses and provides a steady job market in our region, so it’s a win-win for the environment and community.

Energy-efficient vehicles

On the transportation side, two clean diesel BlueTEC Mercedes Sprinter vans are the primary vehicles that we use to transport blood products to and from our Donor Centers and hospitals across Western Washington and the Portland Area.

The emissions system in these vans uses a catalyst and a urea solution, in addition to a particulate filter, to clean all of the soot out of the exhaust — what comes out of the tailpipe is actually cleaner than the air that is drawn into the engine!

How do you take care of the Earth at home and at work?