In an effort to fight environmental pollution, the MainStreet Property Group has announced it will reduce the use of non-reusable plastics across its operations.

The Kirkland-based real estate developer has a long track record of implementing environmentally sustainable practices. Earlier this year, MainStreet and its related companies, GenCap Construction Corp. and Insite Property Solutions LLC, eliminated the use of plastic water bottles at its headquarters, as well as all residential communities they own across the Eastside.

“At MainStreet Property Group, we recognize the environmental impacts of plastic water bottles and are committed to this reduction effort, and we hope that other organizations will join us,” said MainStreet Property Group President Kelly Price in a statement. “It is disheartening to still see pallets of water bottles stacked-up for-sale at retail locations across the region. We feel it’s important to act sustainably in our day-to-day work culture and this initiative was created to further that philosophy.”

According to National Geographic, products like straws, take out utensils, and plastic cups are among the nine million tons of plastic waste that end up in the ocean each year. It is estimated that non-biodegradable plastics can remain in marine environments for 450 years or more, posing an ongoing threat to oceanic ecosystems.

“We know this is the right thing to do as a company and for our environment, and we hope that our efforts will inspire others to think a little bit differently about furthering sustainability within their organizations, as well,” Price said.

Since its origin, MainStreet Property Group has undertaken a number of environmental initiatives, including seeking a minimum of LEED Gold-certification at new developments. It also achieved LEED Platinum-certification at the Heron Flats and Lofts in downtown Redmond, one of six Platinum-certified buildings in Washington.

Other green practices at MainStreet properties have included installing 100 percent LED light fixtures, charging stations for electric vehicles, and cisterns that collect rainwater to be reused for irrigation. The company also has placed special recycling stations at GenCap Construction Corp job sites, as well as worked to reduce vehicular emissions by adopting widespread video conferencing.