March 30th was Earth Hour, an annual worldwide grassroots movement, organised by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) to unite people and protect the planet. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The event encourages individuals, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Earth Hour promotes awareness of environmental issues and fosters conversation and action. In case you missed it, we have 5 things you can do to celebrate Earth Hour all year long.
1. Save the trees! – Here’s something we all can do — at work, in school, and at home — reduce paper wastage! Use recycled paper as much as you can. Do you really need to print a physical copy of that document? If you must, remember to set your printer settings to double sided so you use less paper. Implementing an electronic bill system at work is also a great way to reduce use of paper.
2. Reduce use of disposable plastics! – Refuse, reuse and recycle plastic bags when you go shopping. Buying a small number of items at the convenience store? Ditch the plastic bag at the checkout counter! Even better, bring your own reusable bag along when shopping for groceries. Your organisation can do its part by gifting customers with durable branded tote bags! This helps your customers remain environmentally conscious and has the added benefit of free promotion for your brand!
3. Reduce carbon footprint – Taking public transport or carpooling to work are great options to help reduce carbon emissions. Incorporating more walking or even cycling in your routine can also be great for your health.
4. Make the switch to LED bulbs – Reduce your carbon footprint even further — make the switch to greener, sustainable LED light bulbs or to renewable energy, both at home and at work.
5. Reduce food waste – Make a conscious effort — buy what you need and reduce food wastage. When we don’t eat what we have, we not only waste food; precious resources including biodiversity and animal habitats are harmed too.