Great tips for leaving a green footprint.
The Earth Is a Gift
It is so precious and unique that it provides us with everything we need to survive during the time we spend on it. It is a gift, so let's take care of it while we're here!
Leaving a green footprint, or sustainable living, means reducing our carbon footprint by using less of the Earth's natural resources and reducing our fuel and energy consumption. In general, living in balance with nature and being respectful of our relationship with the Earth.
How can we leave a greener footprint?
- We can start by putting less in the landfills. If you've seen the movie Wall-E, you know what's in store for future generations if we don't change our wasteful ways.
- Support the use of biodegradable products, to ensure that what goes into landfills will break down sooner than later.
- Recycle, upcycle and repurpose whenever possible. That plastic bag or bottle thrown in the trash could be recycled into a new rug, handbag or other useful item.
- Support the use of recycled products whenever possible.
- Support the use of products made from sustainable resources (things that naturally replenish themselves).
- Eliminate the use of harmful chemicals that contaminate waterways, soil or ground water.
- Conserve water and energy whenever possible.
- Recycling is NOT a myth or hoax. Everything you put into a municipal recycling bin actually goes to a recycling facility, not to the same landfill where the rest of the trash goes.
- If your local municipality provides recycling bins, check their website to find out what items can be placed in the bin.
- Orange County Florida accepts many household items in the ORANGE and GREEN bins.
- Items not accepted by your local recycling program may be accepted at a nearby facility or grocery store. Publix grocery stores provide recycling bins for plastic shopping bags, paper bags, as well as foam egg cartons and containers.
- Other items such as CapriSun drink pouches, squeezable food pouches, can be sent to private recycling companies such as TerraCycle to be turned into other products.
- Other household items you no longer want or use can often be donated and used again.
Teach our children to make better choices.
What we learn as children stays with us into adulthood and often shapes the choices we make later in life. We can make a big difference by teaching children what it means to recycle, repurpose and make greener choices. Children are our future, so planting a seed today will have the greatest return on investment for our future and theirs.
What else can we do?
Believe it or not, there are many things we can do everyday to live a more sustainable, or greener lifestyle. Here's a quick self-assessment or checklist to see if you've got the basics covered:
- Do you use reusable bags when shopping?
- Do you recycle your paper, cans, plastic and glass?
- Do you use high-efficiency appliances or low-flow faucets?
- Do you turn off the lights when you leave the room?
If you answered yes to every question above, you've off to a good start and have a great foundation for leaving a green footprint! If you answered no to any of the above, ask yourself if it's something you can start doing today.
You'd be surprised how many local organizations in your own hometown have adopted local highways or provide environmental clean-up efforts. A quick internet search is a great place to start if you're interested in giving back to your community and making a difference.
If you're in the Central Florida area and would like to volunteer, please email us or call to find out about upcoming events and activities.
As our business grows, we continue to learn more about what it means to be a sustainable business and follow sustainable business practices, as well as what it takes to build a healthy global economy. In keeping with our mission to educate our customers, business partners, and community about sustainable practices, we've listed a few great resources here:
- National and worldwide environmental dates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_environmental_dates
Visit http://www.earthday.org/takeaction/campaigns.html for more ideas on ways you can make a difference!