April 22, 2013 will mark the 43rd Earth Day celebration. The first observance of Earth Day in 1970 brought demonstrations for a healthier and more sustainable environment all over the U.S. Since then, Earth Day helped pave the way for the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Today, Earth Day is not only credited for launching the modern environmental movement, but it has also grown into the largest civic observance in the world.
But you donâ€™t have to take on a monumental project to contribute to Earth day. Every little step towards bettering our environment counts. If youâ€™re in need of a starting point, below are a few easy ways to take part in helping keep the Earth clean and healthy for all.
Pick 5 for Your Environment â€“ The Environmental Protection Agency encourages selecting at least five simple steps you can take to contribute to protecting the environment. A few examples include using only enough water for your needs to reduce water consumption, planting a tree to positively impact air quality, and selecting energy-saving appliances.
Recycle â€“ Recycling is a great way to get involved with Earth Day. Start in your home by designating separate containers for recyclable items like aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic so you can separate them from the rest of your trash. Also, if you live in a neighborhood with trash pick-up services, check to see if recycling services are also available.
Start Composting â€“ Composting is an eco-friendly way to dispose of food scraps, yard waste, and other items and that would otherwise be placed in a landfill where they can release greenhouse gases. Compost offers the benefits of soil enrichment, reduces your carbon footprint, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers.
Clean Up Litter â€“ It may seem like a miniscule task, picking up litter along the road, at the park, or around a stream in your neighborhood makes a big dent in keeping pollutants out of the water. It also helps keep the environment beautiful!
We are doing our part, too! Hickory Farms is not only committed to offering delicious gourmet food products, but we are also committed to the environment and to becoming a better corporate citizen. Our packaging materials are made from 100 percent recycled materials using Sustainable Forestry Practices (for every tree that is harvest, another is planted!).
Our catalogs are also printed with recycled paper thatâ€™s acid-free and produced using wind-generated electricity. Last year, 69 percent of purchases were made from recycled materials! And in addition to this, our facility is constantly working on new ways to conserve resources, recycling not only paper but also cans, plastic bottles, computer monitors, and light bulbs.
How are celebrating Earth Day and committing to a cleaner, healthier environment? Leave a comment to share with us or post your thoughts on the Hickory Farms Facebook page.