As heady as it is to think that we could conserve 6 million gallons of water a year with Daren’s recycling system, Bullseye is still a factory that is defined more by daily individual effort than by the periodic super-projects.
The humble factory drinking fountain. One little revolutionary idea.
Which is how the filtered water fountains happened.
For years we’d had filtered water trucked in to the factory in 5-gallon polycarbonate bottles so that there’d be fresh clean water throughout the factory and offices. But every day Dan – whose grumbling over energy wasted by lights left on and furnace dampers not properly adjusted is legendary – bristled at the sight of the hundreds of discarded paper cups and the huge diesel truck pulling up 2-3 times a week after its 10-mile drive in from Clackamas to deliver the hundreds of water containers.
OK, so it wasn’t rocket science. But simply installing seven filtered drinking water stations around the factory, warehouse and offices is keeping thousands of paper cups out of the waste stream and two or three big diesel trucks off our block every week.
We’re not going to get another BEST award for our drinking fountains, but Bullseye is still, after 30 years, about a way of thinking as well as a way of making. Its success is about what Woody Allen calls “just showing up”. And trying to do the right thing.
And I’ve failed miserably at that – I mean, at writing this blog regularly. So, at the end of Memory Lane, I’m inviting some Guest Editors onto my little soapbox.
In the coming weeks I’m twisting arms from around the factory, resource center and gallery to post their own reports about what it’s like BEing at BE.
A bevy of BEs. Just something to round off the grungy drinking fountain. Bullseye’s Brilliant Babes at BECon. Now let’s see if they (& others) can BLOG! Susan, show us your hummingbird babies!