Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day, that we forget about our better-living-goals when we’re on the go. Here are some reminders and possibly new ideas that can get you going!
If you’re not the type to make your own coffee in the morning (which could potentially save you over $300 a year), then you’re probably stopping into the local coffee shop before you hit the office. Here are some ways to Do A bit Better at your java-stop:
-Bring your own cup. You’ll get a discount on your coffee, and you’ll stop seeing those white paper cups pile up in your recycling bin
-Skip the sleeve – If you insist upon the paper cup, consider not using the sleeve or reusing the sleeve. There’re also a variety of reusable silicone sleeves for sale across the net.
-Pour it, don’t packet! Sugar packets and stir sticks add up. Pour your sugar from the provided dispenser instead of tearing open a few packets, and let nature do the stirring for you. If you keep your sugar and milk at the office, it will stay hotter longer.
If you work downtown, you’ll notice how many people scuffle around in a hurry to get their lunch and go. You’ll also notice everyone carrying a paper bag, with a sandwich also wrapped in paper inside – followed by a paper soda cup. That’s a LOT of waste. Consider this, instead:
-Bring a reusable bag – they’re not just for grocery shopping anymore!
-Skip the soda – on top of it being incredibly bad for you anyway, those soda cups pile up in the landfill. We have a water carbonator in our office to substitute for soda, and the carbonated water helps trick our bodies into thinking we’re drinking something more sugary! Win-win.
You’ll impress your clients and business partners if you look a little greener!
-Don’t provide bottled water – leave some empty glasses and a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy.
-Put your presentation on a thumb drive – all of those paper versions you pass out will likely just get tossed out anyway. If you HAVE to print it, print on both sides to use half as much paper!
Now you’re on your way to being the model professional for a better world!