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It’s Earth Day—Reduce Waste

The first Earth Day in 1970 is credited with making environmental issues a priority in the politics of the United States government. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was the founder of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 everyone was encouraged to participate in a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment. Twenty million demonstrators and thousands of schools and local communities participated in the first Earth Day event.

The two things I see gaining momentum………that everyone can do---including at the office
Use reusable bags and containers.
Whether you’re shopping for groceries or office supplies, take bags for your purchases. The bags are being sold at grocery store check out counters and other stores. When I purchased my first ones, the Fareway bag boy tore off the plastic strips holding the tops together and packed my groceries. I thought, “This kid really gets it.” Or he was trained well by Fareway.
Earthdaynetwork lists what you can do
• Reuse your plastic shopping bags: use them for trash, for storage rather than buying others that are more energy wasting.
• Use paper bags rather than plastic bags when you are given the choice.
• Use reusable grocery bags, which always have a lower environmental impact.

Drink from washable cups and tumblers.
• Bottled water is rapidly losing favor as I wrote about last fall for Blog Action Day. Unnecessary plastic bottles waste energy in their creation and litter the earth in disposal. That post: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
• Take your thermos bottle or insulated cup to the local coffee shop on your way to work. Offer coffee in ceramic cups or mugs to guests in meetings.

I’m rapidly questioning premium items we use for marketing our organizations. Do these items serve their purpose or do they get tossed fairly quickly? Just think about it before you place orders or snatch them up at exhibits. Are there more earth-sensitive ways to promote organizations and businesses?

Choose civility. Make every day earth day.