S&Co Team Shares Tips On Being Eco-Friendly
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, the S&Co team is being especially conscious of staying environmentally-friendly at home and in the office. Since most of our clients have strong eco-friendly and sustainable philosophies, our team is constantly sharing easy, and often fun, ideas to emulate our client’s beliefs and ways of life. Read below to see some of the ways we stay “green” during the day.
Research the food companies you purchase products from. Do they prioritize sustainable packaging, business practices, etc.? If not, it’s probably not the best brand to support. Also try to eat foods that have BPA-Free packaging – they can be extremely harmful for the environment. An educated consumer is an eco-conscious consumer!
I don’t buy or use disposable water bottles, instead I use blender bottles which I love because they’re dishwasher safe with a snug lid, so no risk of leaking. Also, I always take my dry cleaning hangers back to the dry cleaner’s so they can reuse them versus me just throwing them out.
When it comes to being eco-friendly, I like to follow the age-old saying, “reduce, reuse and recycle.” It is one of the most simple and efficient ways to cut down on your waste. Reduce and reuse by using canvas bags and reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones, bringing your own cup when you go to Starbucks (and get a $0.10 discount for doing it), turning off your lights, avoiding disposable kitchen products and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Recycling can be a bit tougher due to lack of pickup services, or even knowing what you’re allowed to recycle. A quick Google search can help you figure out what you can recycle in your area. If your home doesn’t offer recycling, chances are your work does and you can bring your recyclables there. You can also drop them off at recycling centers. No matter what you do, every little bit helps!
My biggest tip to stay eco-friendly is to RECYCLE! I recycle everything I can at home and work. In our office, we keep a pile of scrap paper that we utilize. I also have my S’well reusable water bottle with me wherever I go.
Be water wise! With the severe water drought last year in Southern California, I have become much more conservative with my water supply. One of the easiest places we can conserve water is in the bathroom. One trick that I learned is to keep a clean bucket in the shower. If you let the shower run for even a single minute, you are wasting two gallons or more. Use the bucket to catch excess water for use elsewhere in the home. Just think about how much water you can save if you do this every day! I reuse my bucket of water for my flowers and herb garden, cleaning my bathroom sinks, countertops and toilet and to hand wash my delicate items. Saving a bit of water from washing down the drain is simple and easy to do and there are many ways you can reuse it!
I switched to a meat and dairy free diet when I was young, which actually saves more carbon emissions than driving a Prius! I started eating fish, but I am very conscious about knowing where my fish is from and how it was caught or farmed. Being educated about the food you’re eating is really important and will help you and the environment in the short and long term!
This may be the norm for many of us, but I think we can all work on minimizing the use of plastic bottles and wasted packaging or bags…using recycled bottles and bags from home is so easy, and it makes a big difference!