April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This yearly holiday began in 1970, when 10% of Americans protested the ongoing ignorance surrounding several environmental crises. Earth Day initiated many environmental laws, acts, and new organizations in an effort to prioritize the state of our planet. 50 years later, Earth Day is growing more and more – and is currently the planet’s largest civic event. It is a global responsibility to continue to take action on Earth Day, carrying those actions into our everyday lives.
In addition to activists and environmental organizations, Corporate America has also stepped up to make changes and help the environment. Some of the largest corporations in the world have implemented environmental initiatives embodying the phrase from the 1970’s movement – “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. In addition to these initiatives, some companies have also sponsored environmental organizations – helping to fund and promote environmental health.
While Earth Day is the official event to publicize environmental health, we should all work towards a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Individual changes may seem small, but these efforts make a big impact when everyone does their part. Companies also have a responsibility when it comes to the environment. With financial resources, social influence, and human participation that many companies possess, they can be huge ambassadors for environmental initiatives.
So, how can you and your company take action on Earth Day this year? Here are a few ideas that you can easily implement to do your part in helping the environment.
1. Have a volunteer day at a local park or garden
Getting out into the community is not only a great way to take action on Earth Day, but it also makes for a perfect team-building activity. Go to a local park or garden and pick up trash, pull weeds, or plant new flowers and trees. If your company is on the larger side, split up into teams and go to several area locations to make an even bigger impact.
As we all know, no team building activity is complete unless everyone has a matching t-shirt. These USA made t-shirts are woven with 100% certified organic ringspun cotton and can be customized with your company logo or a special Earth Day message.
2. Office Challenges
Everyone loves a friendly competition, right? There are many ways to promote sustainability and the environment around the office with simple, fun challenges. For example, Give each employee a bag or container and see who can fill it the most with paper and other recyclable materials from their desk. At the end of the competition, drop off all materials at your local recycling center and give your employees a gift for participating!
These backpacks make a great employee incentive and are perfect for carrying all of your workday essentials. They are made with a material which is created from 100% recycled water bottles. The front pocket also detaches and can be used as a fanny pack.
3. Implement a reusable drinkware policy
One of the biggest areas of waste among offices is paper coffee cups. It is estimated that 50 billion paper coffee cups are being thrown away in the USA every year. Did you know that 1 in 400 of these cups aren’t even recyclable due to their mixture of paper and plastic materials?* Stop investing in thousands upon thousands of disposable cups and instead, implement a reusable bottle and mug policy. Make a one-time purchase of drinkware kits for each employee to provide them with a mug and a water bottle, and send out a company memo about the importance of reducing waste and switching to reusable alternatives.
This drinkware kit is the perfect option – both the water bottle and tumbler are stainless steel and double wall insulated. Your employees will love their new drinkware options and the impact they make on reducing paper waste. You can also imprint these items with your logo, and opt for customized packaging.
4. Encourage your employees to go outdoors
Spending time in nature has many benefits including reducing stress, improving short-term memory, strengthening the immune system, increasing happiness, and inspiring creativity*. Encourage your employees to take a long lunch outside instead of sitting in the break room.
This tote bag is perfect for carrying all your lunchtime essentials, and it’s made with 100% recycled organic cotton from reclaimed post-industrial manufacturing waste. Take your outdoor lunch initiative even further by including a bento box as an alternative to plastic lunch containers. Made with 70% bamboo fibers and other natural materials, it’s the perfect option to motivate your employees to reduce their use of plastic containers and disposable plates!
5. Go paperless – or switch to sustainable alternatives
Did you know that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper every single year?* Going paperless has many benefits such as reducing storage space, eliminating costs, remote file access, cutting down on ink, and more. That being said – going fully paperless is a big transition for many businesses, and is difficult to do in various aspects of operations. If you can’t make the full commitment, consider using alternatives for to regular paper as a way to reduce waste.
This zero waste product is handmade 100% post-consumer/post-industrial recycled paper. It is broken down to a pulp, and packed with varieties of flower, vegetable, herb, and other seeds. Once consumers are done with their paper, just soak it in water and plant it under a thin layer of soil. You’ll have a bed of new plants in just a few short days!
We can all make changes – big or small – to prioritize the health of our environment. If you would like any additional information about the products featured in this post, please reach out and let us know how we can help you and your company implement a sustainability initiative to kick off Earth Day 2020.
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