Sustainability in Eyecare

“Sustainability” has become somewhat of a hot topic in the last few years, but don’t let the fact that it has been overused detract from the value of the idea it represents. Sustainability is critical, especially in the healthcare setting.

We advocate “green” living by doing business in a space using reclaimed and recycled materials within our office. Our display cabinets, storage cabinets, countertops and trim work were built using locally reclaimed materials. Our carpet is made with 100% recycled plastic and rubber. We used no VOC Miller paint on our walls. And, we have eliminated the use of paper for our medical records and patient intake forms.

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SUSTAINABILITY

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WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

Sustainability at B-Town Eyecare is more than just a buzzword.

Sustainability is critical, especially in the healthcare setting. B-Town Eyecare strives to play its part to reduce its carbon footprint. Our goal is to provide professional eye care in a manner that is socially and environmentally responsible. In our practice, we work to support the community while minimizing our impact on people and the environment. Here are some of the ways we are accomplishing this:

Our New “Green” Office

We advocate “green” living by doing business in a space using reclaimed and recycled materials within our office. Our display cabinets, storage cabinets, countertops and trim work were built using locally reclaimed materials. Our carpet is made with 100% recycled plastic and rubber. We used no VOC Miller paint on our walls. We have incorporated other environmentally-friendly materials such as LED lighting; energy-efficient appliances, and even tinted windows to reduce A/C consumption during the summer months.

Paperless Records

Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been an asset to our practice. With our EHR system, each patient generates absolutely zero pieces of paper. At a typical office that is using paper files, each patient can easily generate at least 4 pages per appointment. If we see 1,000 patients per year, we may have saved 4,000 pieces of paper that year! This is not to say that we don’t have a printer here and that we never use paper. But on the rare occasion that we do print something, it is ALWAYS printed on paper comprised of 30% recycled material. Even our business cards are printed on recycled paper!

“No Paper” Intake Forms

We have eliminated the use of paper for patient intake forms. We use laminated intake forms which our patients complete with wet erase pens. These forms are then scanned into our EHR system.

Digitized Eye Exams and Imaging

Contact Lens Recycling (via Bausch + Lomb One By One Program)

This is a special recycling program for any contact lens and its packaging, not just Bausch + Lomb lenses, and for every pound recycled, Bausch + Lomb donates to Optometry Giving Sight. This resonates with many of our staff and patients because they are not only doing well by the environment; they are helping those who need eyecare in under-served areas of the world. Please see more below.

Donation of Old Glasses

We donate your previous eyewear to the Lions Club so that they can be re-used by someone in need.

Environmentally Safe Products

When possible we do our best to use and sell items and products that have minimal or no impact on the environment. As an example we use the Hilco Lens Cleaner which features an alcohol-free solution that is environmentally friendly.

Other Efforts

Whenever possible, we do our best to purchase refurbished furniture or furniture that has been made with recycled materials.

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One of our Initiatives

The Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program allows used contact lenses and packaging to be recycled properly, with the goal of reducing landfill waste associated with contact lenses. It is the first sponsored contact lens recycling program from Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.

You may drop off your waste at our office or print a free shipping label at BauschRecycles.com. After placing your waste in a sealed cardboard box, you can drop it off at a UPS location or schedule a pickup to ship from home. Please reach out to us to learn more about this program and how we can recycle your used contact lenses.

You can recycle waste associated with contact lenses, including:

  1. Contact lenses
  2. Top foil
  3. Opened plastic blister packs