Love Sustainable Brands? Here's How You and Your Brand Can Help the Planet
10 Things You Can Do
Many people work from home either part or all of each day. However, this convenience does have some consequences to your wallet and the planet.
Leaving the lights on, computer running for 8+ hours and AC pumping all day can affect your utility costs. Have you noticed an increase in your monthly electric bill since spending more time in your home office? Here's what you can do.
Turn off lights when you leave a room.
Keep the television off.
Turn off ceiling fans in rooms you’re not occupying (fans cool skin, not the air).
Make your lunch and get some fresh air instead of driving to take out.
Always print double-sided and reuse single sided paper when it’s appropriate; also, make sure you buy recycled paper.
Open windows instead of turning on AC, or wear warmer clothes instead of blasting the heat.
Skipping a long commute to work? Lump appointments with your errands to reduce your greenhouse gas even more.
Use your own mug instead of paper cups for coffee and drinks.
Eat meals on plates, use real silverware and you get bonus points using cloth napkins over paper.
Choose a coffee pot over single-use coffee and tea pods.
The packaging is recyclable.
There is no secondary packaging (box, etc).
The ingredients are certified organic or plant-based.
Their operation minimizes waste.
The culture respects employees.
Thank you to our guest blogger, Kelly Steyn. Kelly is a realtor who is vegan and super conscious about the carbon footprint we all make. For more advice or tips for making your home healthy and efficient, please contact her at kelly@PhillyLiving.com or 484-343-2406.
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Upcycling creates less trash by reusing and transforming the containers and other things you already have. Brilliant! The examples below save you money and if your items are biodegradable at least they don’t end up floating in the ocean.
- use old fabric and towels as drop cloths or rags
- reuse paper in packages you receive for future packages you ship
- get a refill on liquid products
- repurpose skincare and cosmetic containers
Upcycling bottles, jars, paper tubesFirst try to get refills of your products so the original container lives on. Afterward remove the label from glass using rubbing alcohol, sterilize and use for countless things. The possibilities are endless.
- DIY skincare ingredients
- organize craft materials
- store tea or spices
- portable water spray
- a vase
- DIY bath oil blends
- row of vases
- travel size toiletries
- store sand from fave beach
Paperboard tubes (sanitize first)
- plant seeds
- use it as a little gift box
- battery candle holder