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We want to keep the Asheville community healthy and beautiful for all generations to come. Dr. Ertl’s training in environmental science at Carolina taught him the need for decreasing one’s environmental footprint. Here are just a few examples of our eco-stewardship practices which aim to reduce Laurelwood Family Dentistry’s environmental impact:
- Compact Fluorescent Bulbs – used throughout our facility; these use more than 60 percent less electricity than incandescent, which reduces our carbon footprint.
- Light Emitting Diode Bulbs – used in all treatment rooms; these use more than 60 percent less electricity than other lighting types, which reduces our carbon footprint.
- Digital X-rays – our x-ray imaging is instantaneous and eliminates the need for toxic developing and processing chemicals, traditionally used with film-based x-ray images. Digital x-ray imaging also eliminates consumption of the lead foil backings used in traditional dental x-ray film packaging. Digital x-rays also produce up to 90% less radiation than their traditional film based counterparts.
- Digital Record Keeping – everything from our patient records to doctor correspondence are kept in digital format to drastically reduce our paper consumption.
- Forest Stewardship Council – during the rare times we use paper we make sure it is certified from the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes. <http://www.fsc.org/>
- Exterior Sign – we use LED lights in our exterior sign, substantially reducing the energy required to power the sign as compared to standard incandescent lights. LED lights last about 50 times longer than incandescents.
- Office-wide recycling – we recycle responsibly throughout our office.
- Sterilization – our state-of-the-art and surgical-grade sterilization center reduces our water use and avoids reliance on harsh chemicals.
- Office Furniture – as much as 90% of our office furniture is made out of recyclable material. This will allow for future use of this material in other products under the Cradle to Cradle philosophy pioneered by William McDonough.