In addition to the tremendously lighter footprint we enjoy as a vegan organization (the industries involved in producing meat and animal products are a major contributor to global warming gasses) we have certain policies in place to help us be as kind to the earth as possible:
- The farm runs off a large solar array that provides nearly 100% of our energy when you factor in all the seasons.
- We recycle all paper, metal, glass and most plastics.
- The pigs eat trash cans full of food scraps that would normally be trucked to a landfill.
- We use real (non-disposable) cups and cutlery at many of our events, and compostable cups are also kept in stock in our visitor’s center.
- Our web-hosting company is not only wind-powered but buys extra wind credits to triple the carbon offset.
- When we clean a barn or coop we compost everything, and the resulting great compost from happy, loved beings is made available to local gardeners and veggie farmers.
- We use donated towels that may have ended up in a landfill “before their time” as washable, reusable bedding for animals in our infirmary, and for cleaning tasks around the sanctuary grounds.
- Our medical building and visitor center employ green ideas such as radiant heat floor and solid-insulated walls.
- Artist Jean Rhode (also a dedicated volunteer here at the sanctuary) takes the unusable ends of wood fence posts, and rather than being discarded they are transformed into inspiring works of art that are sold to benefit the care of the residents here.
- Wherever possible we print materials such as our calendars and thank you cards on recycled paper using soy-based inks.