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Earth Day Deep Dive: How We Stay Committed to Eco-Friendly Operation

Keeping Our Environment Healthy

As a Certified Green Business, Here's How We Do Our Part

Here at Bay Photo, we keep aware of our responsibilities within the environment in which we do business. To ensure we are satisfying eco-friendly business standards, we've continually sought and received our Monterey Bay Green Business Certification Award, "For Exceeding Environmental Regulatory Requirements, Preventing Pollution, and Conserving Natural Resources!" It is important for us to show our employees and customers that we are committed to doing whatever we can to minimize our impact on the environment.


How Do We Acheive The Green Business Award?

Our Efforts To Reduce Resource Use And Pollution Generation

Here are some of our regular operations and procedures in maintaining sustainable business practices:

  • We purchase renewable energy credits to offset the CO2 emissions from your business' use of electricity and natural gas. These credits are used to help fund renewable energy projects globally.

  • We use copy paper that is produced from 100% recycled material.

  • We encourage employee bicycle usage by offering covered and uncovered bicycle storage. We also keep bicycle tools on hand in our HR department in case of any bike repairs needed.

  • We use electronic pre-press and imaging systems to reduce developers and film or plating materials.

  • We have discontinued the purchase of glass cleaner, and replaced it with vinegar and water, or non-toxic glass cleaners, to keep our windows sparkling without harmful chemicals.

  • We've modified our automatic flushing toilets to require human touch, limiting unnecessary water use.

  • We regularly check for and repair all building and plumbing leaks.

  • We retrofit our lights and other equipment to conserve energy.

  • To maximize recycling and compositing, we have placed clearly labeled recycling bins next to all applicable trash bins. We recycle all paper and plastic waste through our County's recycle program.

  • We work with a hazardous waste contractor to haul used Press Printed ink cartridges. Other ink cartridges are either returned to the manufacturer or recycled through our County's recycle program.

  • We recover silver from our photographic materials and send them to the refiner.


You're Making A Great Choice For The Environment

When You Order From Bay Photo

Looking for some eco-friendly presentation options for your images? These are our favorite products made from the most sustainable materials available:

Pictured from top left: Bamboo Display Stands, Bamboo Ornaments, Bamboo Standouts, Maple Wood Prints, Barnwood Frames (from reclaimed barnwood in Santa Cruz County!), All of our sustainably sourced Frame Mouldings, 130# Bamboo Press Printed Paper, and Hahnemuhle Bamboo Fine Art Paper


How To Be A Green Business

Marcy Browe Advises on Eco-Friendly Business Practices

*Please note, this video was recorded pre-pandemic.

"...What 'green business owner' means is being eco-friendly, keeping mother earth in mind with the decisions that you make...and a lot of these tips don't just apply to business owners, they apply to all humans as we go through the world, the decisions we make, and the vendors we use...." - Marcy Browe

"I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed." - Annie Leibovitz


Images by: Clark Little, Max Seigal, Diane Costello, Max Seigal, Nicole Sepulveda-Smith, Jessica Boland, Nikki Schuler, Tonya Riggs, Marcy Browe

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