Live Green

  • What's For Lunch?

    SandwichWillpower is HARD. It’s been said that one wakes up each morning with a certain amount of discipline, but as the day wears on, that discipline starts to wear off. Sure, we can start our day off with a nourishing breakfast, but we can’t forget about lunch. With just a little planning, you can have a beautiful and nourishing meal ready and waiting, giving you the willpower to resist the cookies that your coworker INSISTS on bringing into the office, or keep you from heading into a fast food drive thru.

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  • Let's Get Organized!

    2GYB1NSBQGThere are few things more enjoyable than a clean house or work space. Clean doesn’t just mean the surfaces are clean, it means everything is in its’ place. Being organized eliminates clutter, reduces the amount of waste you create, makes it easier for you to dictate to others where things should go, and makes you more prepared to take whatever the day throws at you. We have amassed several things that can help you get organized in your home or work space in a stylish and environmentally responsible way.

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  • Eco-Friendly Tips For Surviving The Winter In Your Home Or Office

    As the last of the Halloween decorations are taken down and stored in the back of the closet for another year, we begin to set our sights on the upcoming winter. The days are shorter, the nights are colder, and our habits at home and in the office tend to not be as eco-friendly. But fear not, because the cold winter months do not have to mean wasted energy and extravagant heating bills.

    Before it gets too cold, we’ve put together some tips to make your office or home more efficient, healthy, and eco-friendly.

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  • Plastic, plastic, everywhere! And every piece is still here!

    Finding ways to live without plastic is certainly a challenge. It has “leached” into our daily habits and our economy. We spend so much for this costly convenience, and yet it is almost impossible to imagine doing without it completely. Continue reading

  • Help End the Single-Use Habit

    It is no wonder we love our affiliates and partners here at Green Apple Supply.

    We partner with companies that share our vision of a healthier planet and the importance of green living.  Our partnerships are vital to our ability to bring affordable green products to our customers and to be an advocate for the environment and planet.

     

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    Plastic Pollution Coalition, our partner in Plastic Antidote (www.plasticantidote.com) is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.  Specifically, they ask that coalition members pledge to refuse the use of single-use disposable plastics.  You can take the pledge here.  We hope you will take the pledge today!

     

    Green Apple Supply is a proud coalition member and we take the pledge seriously.  Green Apple Supply refuses to use single-use disposable plastics!  And we tend to see one disposable plastic all over the place – plastic grocery bags!  They are on the sides of streets, stuck in trees, and even blowing in the wind.  For that reason, we proudly offer ChicoBag® reusable grocery bags.  ChicoBag deserves kudos for their efforts in reducing the consumption of disposable plastic bags and addressing the single bag use habit.  They not only offer a wide variety of quality reusable alternatives to disposable bags, but they are also committed to educating consumers about sustainability and the harmful effects of single-use plastics.

     

    Our Call to Action:  Eliminate those plastic grocery bags!  Replace your single use plastic bags with reusable alternatives.

     

    ChicoBag reports that an average person goes through 500 plastic grocery bags in one year.   Multiply that by the number of people shopping and its easy to understand why this is a growing problem. Fortunately, replacing single-use plastic bags with reusable alternatives is an easy and impactful way to reduce the use of disposable plastics and help the environment.

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    Here are some other ways you can take action to help reduce single-use plastic consumption and waste:

    1. Get educated!  Check out the basic concepts here.

    2.Encourage legislators in your town or city to implement bag bans or fees for the use plastic grocery bags.  For more information, contact ChicoBag at advocacy@chicobag.com.

    1)   Get involved with a local environmental group focused on waste reduction and community education projects.

    2)   Participate in community clean up efforts to pick up trash at parks, lakes, along rivers and waterways, and other public spaces.

    3)   Write a letter to your congress representative about the need for stronger regulations around environmental waste.

    4)   Give reusable bags as gifts to friends, family, and co-workers.  They make great gift wrap!

    5)   Get your kids involved - help them start disposable plastic reduction projects at their schools.

    6)   Take it a step further - start using reusable water bottles as well as reusable bags.  Even better, see what other single use plastic items you can eliminate from your daily life by using a reusable alternative!

  • Popular Supply

    I was raised in a tiny Texas town where my parents had run the area’s general store, Popular Supply. It was a labor of love and I grew up surrounded by stories of the store and the trials of running it. Long after retirement, my parents still held onto some inventory. In fact, although my parents have passed, I still have some of the inventory today. And the store, long since sold, is still standing—a lasting legacy of my parents’ hard work and devotion.

    So, yes, “Supply” makes perfect sense. How strange to have found myself accidentally inheriting this name through a business transaction when it belonged to me all along. It is a powerful feeling to realize the meaning of “Supply” within our family and then apply that to the meaning I hope it will eventually evoke: a reliable, convenient, affordable supply of eco knowledge and goods to the world.

    As I listened to the speech I alluded to at the beginning, I pondered the true power of this name. It is a true embodiment of who we are as a company—our mission, our aspirations, our potential. And it embodies our past, both my family’s and that of Green Apple School Supply, and I can only hope that Green Apple Supply will become my legacy, as Popular Supply was my parents’—still standing long after my demise, and inspiring someone else to embrace their own potential.

    And as I proceed to introduce myself and my company, I hope that you will respond in kind. We want to get to know you and your stories. We have a lot to say, but we also have a lot to learn! Please email your stories to me at steph@greenapplesupply.org. The most inspirational stories will be posted here as guest blogs.

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