A Salute to Earth Day

If I had to choose a “holiday” that truly speaks to how I live my life on a daily basis, I might choose Earth Day.  I’ve posted about ideas to “go green” before, but, when Eleanor’s Biddulph’s blog, “Being Fully Present,” came through my e-mail this past week, I decided to pull from a wonderful list of ideas of simple ideas she’s created.

So, see below, and feel free to let me know if there’s anything that inspires you… or perhaps a tip you hadn’t thought of before!

Plant a garden…Change to energy efficient lightbulbs…Car pool…Pick up the litter on your street…Shop your local farmer’s market…Use reusable shopping bags (I keep them in the trunk of my car)…Use cold water to do laundry…Take shorter showers…Stop buying bottled water (a home filter works great!)…Reuse wrapping paper and gift bags…Walk or bike ride whenever possible…Recycle (either at home, or perhaps take it to the office)…Plant a tree…Package your own 100 calorie snacks…Use plastic or glass containers instead of sandwich bags…Turn off the lights…Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper…Read the news online…Go for a walk instead of watching TV…Unplug unused appliances…Buy less plastic-wrapped foods…Don’t run water while brushing your teeth.

What suggestions do YOU have?  I’d love to see your comments below!

Each effort to go green makes a difference

Anyone that knows me knows that I love finding new ways to make my lifestyle a little bit greener.  I’m the homeowner that has most appliances on power strips, with my toaster oven remaining unplugged the majority of the day.  I’m the employee who votes for recycled copy paper and, at my previous company, even helped our team research a recycling company that turned out to be CHEAPER than the trash removal service we used at the time.  So, imagine my surprise when, months ago, I came across Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program, which collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, transforming them into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as select Nike products.  Sneakers of any brand can be taken to any U.S. Nike retail location or sent into the center itself.  

I commend any organization that finds ways to go green, whether something simple (use the other side of your outdated flyers for scrap paper…and then recycle them, or send back ink cartridges to be refilled) or something large, just like Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program or WMFE’s Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive, in which Central Florida’s PBS and NPR affiliate collected used sweaters and jackets donated by the community for those in need last month. 

So I challenge you: what can YOU do as a business to make life a little greener in 2011?