earth day every day
April 17, 2007, 9:14 am
Filed under: environment, public service announcment


april 22 is the 37th annual earth day.  the company i work for spends a massive amount of money, resources and time celebrating and honoring something called earth month (april), and most who know me well, know that i embrace the term tree-hugger and believe that as citizens of the world, it’s our duty to protect this fragile eco-system we call home.

as such, i’m gonna spend a couple of days throwing out simple, easy things that you all can do to change your little corner of the world and make the earth a safer, cleaner and healthier place.

some history: earth day was started in 1970 by senator gaylord nelson.  to learn more about how earth day was conceived and started, check this out.

environmental activism is not the big huge grand ideas and concepts, nor is it radical, life-changing things (usually); it’s really the little things that make the most difference. 

things like the above poster.  believe it or not, this poster hangs in the stalls of every single bathroom in all of our corporate locations.  yup, we’re that kind of earth-geek.

in case you can’t read it, the text says:

“no one wants to go without toilet paper.  so, partly-done rolls get replaced with brand-new rolls.  you can make a difference by finishing off the little rolls before using the new roll.  the maintenance team can then replace empty rolls with full rolls, no one goes without toilet paper.  no unused toilet paper is wasted. easy”

it goes on to say:

make a difference at home too.

if every household in the us replaced just one roll of 500 sheet, 2-ply virgin fiber bath tissue with 100% recycled ones we would save:

  • 294,000 trees
  • 1.2 million cubic feet of landfill space (equal to 1400 full garbage trucks
  • 122 million gallons of water (a year’s supply for 3500 families of four)

easy right?  kinda a no-brainer.  there are a number of excellent companies manufacturing bath tissue with recycled paper.  check out: seventh generation or green forest.  both of these product lines are carried by most major grocery store lines i’ve found.

today’s quote about the environment:

because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.  ~henrik tikkanen


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