Hello and Happy April!
On April 22 we celebrate Earth Day, a day to do the little (and big) things to reduce our carbon footprint and support a healthy planet.
When did Earth Day begin and why? Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities that day.
As a child I had not heard of recycling other than my mom and other school teachers saving their glass jars and tin cans for art or science projects in the classroom. I had an empty cigar box my dad had picked up for me that was perfect to house a rock collection or baseball cards. Sometimes the cigar box was made out of wood and other times it would be a type of compressed cardboard usually with a very unique decorative pattern containing gold foil.
Recycling has been common place in Atlanta for at least 25 years with most households today having a bin for recycling next to their garbage can which is often parked at the end of the driveway on trash day.
There are many ways in which we can become better stewards of the Earth. We can recycle hazardous materials; shop at markets and other stores that sell organic produce, natural groceries, and green products; we can support companies that defend (rather than destroy) habitats and clean up our communities. Yesterday, I received a flyer from GA Power regarding signing up for solar panels. With further research I found out that Georgia Power is leading the way in making our state a national leader in solar energy. Solar panels have been popular in Tokyo for decades and are so sleek that they blend in with the roof shingles.
In July of 2020 we hosted our first client appreciation event- ShredFest. We hired a company to come out for 2 hours and they shredded 2700 pounds of paper. Most was recycled into toilet paper and paper towels. If you missed this last year, no worries. We received such enthusiastic feedback from clients that we will be having it again this summer. We have not set the date yet but it will probably be in July.
An email will be sent out before the event along with information regarding how long to hold onto a document before shredding it.
Stay safe and I'd love to hear what you are doing to make a difference on our planet. I hope you will join me in making sustainable choices that help make our lives healthier this Earth Day.
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