Every year when April 22nd comes around, the Involta team takes a little time to think about Earth Day and our collective efforts to minimize our environmental impact. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin in 1970 and was first celebrated with millions of Americans participating in demonstrations and teach-ins across the nation. Now, 50 years later, Earth Day has taken on a life of its own and is widely recognized for igniting the modern environmental movement.
At Involta, we believe that small changes can have a big impact. You don’t have to go off the grid completely to make the world a little cleaner, greener, and healthier. So, what can you do to save the Earth? Here is a starter list to get you going:
- Become a Waste Warrior
Recycle, reduce, and reuse – the age-old mantra. If your office uses a lot of paper, be sure to recycle it. Invest in a water cooler for filtered water instead of providing single-use plastic bottles. Transition away from paper plates and plastic silverware and use the real deal for your office potlucks. These small changes will decrease your footprint dramatically.
- Turn off the lights
With much of our nation’s electricity coming from fossil fuels (coal, oil, or natural gas), simple acts like turning off the lights and shutting down computers at the end of the day can decrease your business’s environmental impact. Switching to high-efficiency bulbs or incorporating motion-activated lights can also make a difference.
- Limit your water usage
Clean, drinkable water is a limited resource – and it’s incredibly precious. We’ve all amped up our handwashing recently, so finding other ways to conserve water is important. If you fill a glass, be sure to drink it. Take a slightly shorter shower. Consider watering your lawn less frequently this year.
- Clean up your neighborhood
Many of us are under stay-at-home orders, and outdoor walks/runs have become a primary source of exercise and entertainment. Make yours count by stopping to pick up any trash you see around your neighborhood. Adding this practice to your routine just once a week can help keep your neighborhood looking great.
- Spread the message
Tell your friends, colleagues, and family members about what you’re doing for Earth Day and ask them to lend a hand. When we all work together, we can accomplish so much more.
If you would like to read more about Earth Day, check out the links below:
The First Earth Dayhttps://bit.ly/2VLKCdF
The Culture of Earth Day https://bit.ly/3bvaVLQ
Earth Day https://bit.ly/2yxxS2l