April 21st, 2011

5 Companies That are Rocking Earth Day

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Earth Day 2011
Earth Day is this Friday, April 22.  I think we can all agree that the earth needs more than one day to heal, but this one day can serve as a catalyst to get the do-gooder in all of us up and running.

A few companies are helping put Earth Day on the map by promoting simple green acts.recycle flip flops on earth day

  1. Collect your old, used flip-flops and bring them to an Old Navy store from April 22 through May 21, 2011. Look for the collection bins inside the store. TerraCycle will recycle the flip-flops into playgrounds which will be donated to communities around the country. TerraCycle is an international upcycling and recycling company that encourages consumers to rethink waste and makes it easy to have a positive impact on the environment.
  2. Have a Picnic for the Planet this Friday. The Nature Conservancy is sponsoring the picnic and suggesting that you choose a favorite outdoor location, round up some friends and take the planet out to lunch! Picnic for the Planet is a celebration of the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people we share it with. Our plant does so much for us-we should thank it by taking it out to lunch.  Check out the Nature Conservancy site to join a local picnic happening near you – or start your own!
  3. This Friday pop into Starbucks with your reusable mug and score a free cup of coffee.  Americans use about 14.4 BILLION paper cups each year. Where do these cups end up? Landfills-since most coffee cups are lined to be waterproof, they can’t be recycled.
  4. Use a mobile boarding pass. If you’re traveling on Continental or United airlines on April 22 the airlines want you to save some trees and get in the habit of using mobile boarding passes instead of paper boarding passes.  When checking in for flights you can choose to have your boarding pass emailed. Head to the gate with your mobile pass and scan it. The airlines pledge to donate $1-$2 towards Protect an Acre program (a program which preserves swaths of tropical forests) each time a passenger uses a mobile app.
  5. Drop off your unwanted pens, marker and mechanical pencils at Office Depot.  Office depot teamed up with TerraCycle, who will recycle the supplies into office supplies like organizers and trash cans.

Kudos to TerraCycle for their continuous recycling efforts. Don’t forget to “like” B Kind 2 Earth Day on Facebook and pledge to do at least one act of kindness towards the earth. For more Earth Day ideas check out 6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday and Don’t Do This on Earth Day.

Through action, community and inspiration we can make Earth Day count every day.

Any of these on your to-do list this Friday? Are there any other companies that should be added to the list of Earth Day supporters?

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[Earth photo used under Creative Commons from Saad Irfan/Flickr]


15 Responses to “5 Companies That are Rocking Earth Day”

  1. Love this post! And luv Terracyle b/c they are making huge strides in the recycling/upcycling movement! And Kudos to Starbucks too, I am grabbin’ my mug and heading ovah!

    Thanks for the info, Lori!

  2. You’re welcome Tiffany! TerraCycle is pretty amazing-they really have taken recycling/upcycling to a new level I’ll meet you at Starbucks and then we can have a global picnic 🙂

  3. Re: Starbucks, when getting your free coffee, don’t forget to ask the staff to offer good old porcelain mugs to customers who will aren’t taking their coffee to go. There’s nothing sadder than seeing a coffee shop full of patrons with paper cups they don’t even need!

  4. Great suggestion Andrea! They have the mugs available. I’ve never been offered a mug for my tea…..I’ll remember to ask next time I’m there.

  5. A picnic? What a novel idea!! 😉

    Big thumbs up to Terracycle, way to to go!!
    Great post mama!

  6. Are you planning a picnic Petunia? In Boston there is going to be a huge, global picnic on the common. Pretty amazing! What a fun way to celebrate your Birthday!

  7. Great post! Thanks for posting companies that are doing their part to make the Earth a better place! I love the top picture that is so true!

  8. You’re welcome Shanna! It seems like so many companies are making an effort to celebrate the earth. Are you doing anything special?

  9. Such a great list! Lowes is offering free tree’s with a purchase as well.

  10. Thanks for the addition Jen! What kind of trees are they offering? That’s a great promotion.

  11. Awesome roundup girl!! Happy Earth Day 🙂 XO p.s. might have to head to Starbucks today!!

  12. Thanks Lynn. Did you end up visiting Starbucks for that free cup of java?

  13. It looked like it was spruce trees that were handing out. But perhaps it was a different in each location based on what is local?

  14. That would make sense. What a great contribution to Earth Day.

  15. […] that the earth needs more than one day to heal. Let this one day serve as a catalyst to get the do-gooder in each of us up and running for the remaining 364 days of the year. […]

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