Help us go green!

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:

One-less suggestion

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.
iRecycle is available for iPhone and Android.

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 and tumblers 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!

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.

September Green Team zero-waste tip:

Switch to digital books or borrow from your local library! Reading is a great way to expand the mind—but 2 billion books, 359 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers printed every year add up to a lot of paper!

By switching to digital reading, you can protect the environment and have all your favorite books at your fingertips. Another way to reduce the production of new physical books is to borrow books from your local library. Many libraries even offer access to e-book collections. You can also start your own local pop-up library where you and your neighbors can share physical copies of your books.
Young Living is already taking green action, using online services like Issuu to publish digital versions of our reading materials, including the 2019 Product Guide and the latest issue of The Essential Edge . Another benefit to digital copies is they’re easier to share with others. Make sure you send your friends links to these and our many other publications to let them know what’s going on at Young Living.
If you have print copies of Young Living publications, remember that magazine paper is recyclable or see if you can donate them to your local library!

October Green Team Zero Waste Tip:

Frankenstein’s monster isn’t the only thing that’s green this Halloween! This season, let’s get green and make some environmentally friendly changes to our spooky traditions. Whether we’re talking single-use decorations, brand-new or single-use costumes, or individually wrapped candies on Halloween night, Halloween can generate a lot of waste if we’re not careful!

Instead of buying decorations that will only be used once and then thrown out, try using natural decor like pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, and other gorgeous autumn plants to decorate your space. You can even use pumpkins later to cook an incredible autumn dinner. If you do buy single-use decorations, please make sure they’re recyclable!

Thrift stores are a well-kept secret for Halloween decorations, and many thrift stores will create seasonal sections focused on Halloween decorations in particular. You can find cute, vintage items that will offer a unique and eclectic look to your home that you can bring back year after year. Simply avoiding buying new products and opting for decor that has already been made can cut down on the energy and resources required to make new items.

Trick-or-treating is one of the best parts of Halloween, but it’s also where the most waste is generated. Each candy is individually wrapped with non-recyclable packaging, and these wrappers often get caught in the wind and end up in water systems where they can threaten wildlife. Try giving out fruits like clementines, tangerines, or apples for an alternative that’s good for kids and the planet! You can also give kids spooky school supplies like Halloween-themed pencils, erasers, bookmarks, and more! When all of their candy is gone, they’ll still have a cute reminder of their Halloween night.
You can also cut down on a lot of waste by opting to make your own costume or use a costume that you’ve worn in previous years. Each new, pre-made costume requires a lot of energy and resources to produce. You can help avoid that process by searching online for simple—and often free—DIY costumes that require nothing new. You can also check out thrift shops for costumes. Many thrift shops will create a special section for costumes, especially children’s costumes.

Halloween is one of the best times of the year, and it doesn’t have to be wasteful. Just remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle for a fang-tastic, eco-friendly holiday!

November Green Team Zero Waste Tip:

This November, people around the world will celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. Hindus and Sikhs may celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival of light; while Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude and family time. In Wales, people celebrate Calan Gaeaf, said to mark the beginning of winter when the spirits walk the earth!

Whatever your traditions are, almost every holiday involves family meals that can generate a lot of waste. Thankfully, Young Living is here to help with some sustainable holiday meal tips and tricks!
1. Instead of buying everything pre-made and pre-packaged from the store, try making items at home! Rolls, stuffing, and many other food items can be made at home to save on plastic and paper packaging; and store bought can never really compare to homemade anyway.

2. Ditch the plastic decor and use natural items that symbolize the season! Seasonal plants, fruits, and vegetables are a sustainable alternative to gimmicky decorations that go out of style. Natural November decor is timeless!

3. Avoid plastic and paper waste from disposable utensils and plates. If you don’t have enough for all of your guests, borrow additional items or ask your guests to bring their own! Guests can also bring reusable containers to help you take care of leftovers.

4. Opt for a sustainable alternative to soda or juice by preparing Vitality™-infused water or NingXia Red® in a water dispenser. This will cut down on packaging by avoiding plastic bottles and drink cans!

December Green Team Zero Waste Tip:

Happy earth-healthy holidays! With the year ending, now is the time to reflect on your progress with YL’s zero-waste initiative and spruce up your celebrations with some eco-friendly holiday practices!

We’ve probably all experienced the post-present chaos of the holidays, with wrapping paper, plastic, and foam strewn all over your living room. It’s a wonder how your neat pile of gifts could have created so much waste. This year give the planet a present by trying some of these lower-waste gift ideas.
Ditch wrapping paper and pick up a reusable gift bag or tote. Opting for reusable gift bags or cloth totes eliminates literal tons of waste during the holidays and will save you money. The best part is there’s no cleanup!
Make your own wrapping paper. If you do want to wrap something, use newspaper or other paper you already have on hand that would otherwise go to waste. Your family will appreciate the personal, eco-friendly touch, and so will the planet!
Give electronic gifts. Digital copies of movies, audio books, and other digital media save resources.
Buy secondhand gifts. Local thrift shops and online secondhand retailers have all sorts of great, eco-friendly gifts at a bargain, whether you’re looking for clothes, books, furniture, or outdoor gear.
Instead of physical gifts, give an experience. Giving someone tickets to a movie, play, or sports game can be a great eco-friendly alternative to an item that requires resources and energy to produce.
Whatever you decide to do, reducing your environmental impact this season will help preserve the planet for many more holiday seasons to come.