As an administrative assistant in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Charlene Brennan has taken several steps to make a difference at work. Conscious of the collective waste created by single-use items, Charlene ditched the disposables in her center’s break room and encouraged employees to bring in reusable plates, cups, and glasses from home, and bought silverware from a secondhand store, saving the center hundreds of dollars per year.
Charlene also champions returning shipping boxes and packaging from Mircera (an agent used to treat anemia associated with chronic kidney disease). “Our centers receive as many as 70,000 such containers a year, each with Styrofoam inserts and nearly two dozen ice packs,” notes Brennan. “When sent back to the company, they are cleaned and put back into use. This simple step — returning the box — avoids all of this reusable material from going to landfills.”
Charlene Brennan, Administrative Assistant, Fresenius Kidney Care