Saturday, March 15, 2008

What does it mean to be green?

"Living green is about consuming less, sharing more and enjoying life," http://www.earthhour.org/.

I try my best to do what I can to lessen my impact on the environment. I've started by making awareness a part of my family and daily life. I'm not perfect, but I really try to do what I can. Here are some ways that I incorporate "being green" into my business:

  • I've tried to reduce paperwork by simply backing up my computer and printing less.

  • I have a recycle bin for paper and cardboard in my studio/office.

  • I reuse paper for notes or test prints.

  • I use recycled paper (a bit more costly than regular paper).

  • I've replaced light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.

  • I use remnant fabrics, post production materials, and industrial scraps all of which were slated for the landfill. Have you visited your local recycle center? Ours sells boxes (minimal cost) of scraps of all sorts. If you do any kind of mixed media work, its is awesome!

  • I reuse packaging materials (padded envelopes, boxes, bubble wraps, etc.).

  • I share resources, supplies, and equipment with friends who have similar businesses.

  • I use one of my own bags (the beach bag pictured above) for shopping at the grocery store. I keep one in my car at all times. I do occasionally forget (and kick myself for it). But I am getting better.

I just signed up for Earth Hour (http://www.earthhour.org/). On March 29, 2008 at 8PM people all over the world are turning off their lights for 1 hour. Doesn't seem like much, but the impact is big. Check it out and get involved.

I'd love to hear what you do to be green. Leave comments and share!













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