Great points Rabecca and Conrad. I love that we're in a poignant time of talking about this and having it mean something. Not that long ago "going green" was simply a seedling -- now it's a plant waiting to blossom.
There are so many levels to sustainability and ways of going at it. Looking at toxicity levels, energy used to make a product, fair labor practices, product life before it hits a landfill, and forest protection, which is most important? They all are!! Yet, it's difficult to find companies to support that are meeting all these standards. With this limited, yet growing marketplace for sustainable products/services, every choice we make in the "green direction" will help.
In the interior design field you can look at buying new: FSC certified, Green Seal, etc. and you can look at buying used -- recycling saves a ton in energy and resources; you can look at using an eco-product for construction and you can look at using one that will last a lifetime (preferably you will find both in the same product, but this is often not the case).
Long of the short: I think it is so important for each of us to do what we can, committing ourselves to looking for and practicing new and better ways to decrease our footprint.
It seems like having clearly labeled recycling bins, as well as corn starch and clean paper "to go" products is a minimum if you're a deli claiming to be green.
Thanks for the inspiration Corbet!
And if anyone wants to talk about this, and more green stuff, in person come to Sara Eizen's and my happy hour in Capitol Hill on Tuesday, January 6th, 5-8 PM -- Two Green Chick's Happy Hour -- a small plug :)