Join us in zero waste and change the world!
As stewards of the earth, we want to take care of our planet. With thousands of employees in multiple countries and millions of members, Young Living’s influence really can make a positive impact on the environment and set an example for millions more to follow.
Young Living Founder D. Gary Young said, “I can take care of my Young Living family only if I take care of Mother Nature.” A true steward of the earth, Gary deeply believed that there is an expectation for us to care for the planet and that Young Living can only truly thrive when we are doing our part.
The road to zero waste will have its challenges, but our chances for success are much greater when everyone joins our efforts to preserve the world we love. Some disheartening statistics to motivate positive action:
It takes 500 years for average-sized plastic water bottles to fully decompose.
Americans make nearly 400 billion photocopies a year, which comes out to 750,000 copies every minute.
Glass recycling now available at Young Living’s Lehi Will Call!
You can easily and conveniently recycle empty glass oil, NingXia Red®, and supplement bottles when you stop by Young Living's Lehi Will Call!
Join us in going green!
Every month the Green Team will suggest one wasteful item or habit that you can remove from your lifestyle to make the earth a little greener! Every change you make to reduce waste will create a positive impact.
January’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Switch to reusable bags
to eliminate the waste caused by single-use plastic bags. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year. These billions of bags require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture and also add to the plastic pollution in our oceans. Learn more here!
February’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Go strawless when eating out. It’s estimated that over 500 million straws are used every day in the United States, most of which end up in the ocean, harming wildlife—and ultimately harming us! You can take your on-the-go earth-friendly moves a little further and keep a zero-waste kit with you! Pack a mason jar and handkerchief so you can eliminate the need for disposables. You’ll be prepared anytime you need to grab a quick drink, take home leftovers, or wipe up a spill. Don’t have a handkerchief handy? Cut up squares from old sheets to use as a reusable napkin—ideal for wiping your hands or packing up a pastry!
March’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Ramp up your recycling efforts! Have you upped your recycling game since Young Living announced the 5×5 Pledge
? We’re offering local solutions and helpful information to make it simple for YL teams to keep their waste from piling up in landfills!
Did you know that March 18 is Global Recycling Day? If you haven’t started recycling in your home, it’s a great time to start. If you’re already recycling like a pro, try amping your efforts by encouraging friends and neighbors to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Check out these tips on how you can lead your community in recycling:
Eliminate even more waste from your life by moving on to reusable napkins and keeping paper plates and plastic utensils out of your shopping cart. Paper napkins and paper plates aren’t recyclable
because they come in contact with food waste, grease, and possibly bodily fluids. Don’t keep them in your home and you won’t have to worry about the fact that they can’t be recycled!
Try using iRecycle!
This location-based app will help you find the closest place to drop your recyclables—especially helpful for things that you might not be able to toss directly into your bin.
Don’t toss your food waste
Put it to work when you start composting
! Your garden—or a community garden—will thank you for your nutrient-rich soil.
Not all organic matter should hit your compost bin. Fruits and veggies? Absolutely. Meat and dairy? Not so much.
Use coffee grounds to enrich your soil. Reach out to a local cafe after a busy day for any they were planning to toss.
Be part of the solution on Global Recycling Day and join YL in putting the earth first.
April’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Celebrate Earth Day with Young Living! Earth Day started on April 22, 1970, and is an annual reminder of our need to protect the environment. Caring for the planet is virtuous on its own, but we’re further inspired to protect the earth’s resources because we know that botanically derived solutions are better for our families. Through sustainable practices, we work hard to protect the soil, water, and air needed to produce pure essential oils and to ensure long-term ecological balance everywhere we do business.
Beyond our sustainable sourcing practices and commitment to reach for the highest environmental standards in our operations, we’re looking for more ways to help the planet, including our efforts toward zero waste as part of our 5×5 Pledge.
This Earth Day we’re asking our members and employees to reduce the amount of plastic in daily use.
One Less Suggestion:
Eliminating the use of plastic water bottles is a simple step we can all take toward helping the planet. Support the planet with every sip and reduce your part in the plastic crisis by choosing reusable water bottles and glasses. We’re big fans of reusable bottles
that let you show your YL pride!
As a gift to you on Earth Day, we’re sharing a special green Vitality™ blend you can use to infuse your water. Fall in love with this bright flavor and share it with your friends!
Approximately 8.8 million tons of unrecycled plastic ends up in our oceans each year
—and that estimate focuses solely on coastal regions. We don’t know how long it takes for these plastics to completely degrade, but scientists postulate anywhere from 450 years to never.
Keeping plastic out of our landfills and oceans begins with individuals. The impact unrecycled plastics have on our environment is immeasurable
. From harm to animals to simple disturbance of our natural landscapes, each trashed bit of plastic leaves its mark.
Celebrate Earth Day this year by being part of the solution. Reduce the amount of plastic—single-use or otherwise—that you use.
May’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Reduce paper. With love of essential oils comes a natural love for the earth. Did you know that 30 million acres of our gorgeous forests are cut down for paper production each year? As you’re diffusing and using Mother Earth’s essential oils, aim for a paperless lifestyle! You can bloom where you’re planted, make a difference wherever you’re at, and start making changes today. We recommend keeping track of your family’s busy schedule on your phone, taking notes on your iPad or computer, and paying your bills online when possible. As you blossom, you can reach your go-green goals one step at a time!
As a bonus, we’ve created some fresh and floral screensavers for all your devices. They can even upload to your Apple TV with minimal energy to bring free flowers to your decor year-round. Download your favorites and backdrop your devices with earth’s botanicals!
May Zero Waste Screensavers:
June’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Swap out single-use cleaners with reusable containers! It’s World Environment Day on June 5! The United Nations started World Environment Day back in the ‘70s to raise awareness on environmental issues. Last year the U.N. focused on beating plastic pollution, which is a nine-billion-ton problem.
How can we beat back plastic waste? One way is to create your own cleaners in reusable containers! When you buy a 64 oz. container of Thieves® Household Cleaner, for example, don’t toss it once it’s empty. Use it to store pre-mixed cleaners for quick spray bottle refills.
It’s also gardening season! Make it a goal to replace one of your single-use weed killer or pest spray containers with a reusable container and an essential oil blend!
July and August’s Green Team zero-waste tip:
Pack zero-waste lunches! One person alone generates an estimated 67 pounds of waste from lunches every year. Multiply that by all your coworkers, and the waste from your building alone adds up quickly! Here are some easy tips to prepare sustainable, zero-waste lunches.
1. Replace plastic sandwich bags with cloth or beeswax wraps.
2. Carry your food in a mason jar instead of disposable containers.
3. Drink from a reusable water bottle or thermos instead of plastic disposable bottles.
4. Bring real cutlery to work instead of using plastic forks or spoons.
5. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
Let’s get packing! Reduce your footprint by making zero-waste lunches your #OneLess goal for August.