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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!