The green movement has become so common place, so mainstream that sometimes we fail to stop and think about why we go green. It’s just the thing we do. In truth, the reasons are endless – from protecting yourself and your family from harmful additives, chemicals and preservatives to preserving the planet and environment for future generations, or even just a love of animals or nature. Whatever the reasons, everything we do has an impact on our world; we don’t like to get preachy, but sometimes it’s important to remember why we think real sustainability is so important. It’s also why we believe in small steps – even little things can have big impact.
A man walking on the beach comes across hundreds of starfish washed up on the shore, dying on the sand. As he walks, he occasionally bends down, picks on up and tosses it back into the ocean. Another man on the beach asks, “Why are you bothering? You can’t save them all?” The man simply replies, “I just saved that one.”
The point is, you can make a difference. It takes many drops to fill a bucket, but it will eventually fill. Even the littlest things you do will have impact, you may not see it right away, but it’s there.
We recycle because our landfills are filling up at an alarming rate. Because using recycled materials preserves our natural resources. Because using recycled materials produces less waste and less pollution than sourcing new raw materials. We reuse and repurpose for the same reasons.
So today, we’re reminding ourselves why with a little eco-inspiration. What’s your reason for going green?
Want a visual representation of the impact of climate change? Try NASA’s Earth Now App.
Want to learn even more? We’re proud to partner with like-minded organizations like these:
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- World Wildlife Fund
- Blue Water Baltimore
- South River Federation
- Climate Ride
- Recycle Bank
- The League of American Bicyclists
- Green America