While it may not seem like much on an individual basis, simple efforts can have exponential changes when we act collectively. We here at Green Apple Supply want to share tips and products you can use to be kinder to the planet.
Willpower 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.
Whether you’re on your way to school or heading to the office, during the throes of winter the daily grind can wear on both your health and happiness. Here at Green Apple Supply, we believe that being happy and healthy are a pivotal part of a Green, eco-friendly lifestyle. So as you’re shivering through the short cold days eagerly waiting for spring to make its arrival, here are a few tips to make it through winter feeling healthy and happy. Continue reading
There is a growing trend in today’s culture to become more conscious of our environmental footprint. Yet, despite growing numbers of eco-friendly products and environmentally friendly movements in the media, it can be hard to tell if there has been much of an impact. Are we wasting less on a day-to-day basis? Are classrooms and offices becoming more Green?
We recently talked to Ali, a teacher in the Denver area, to get her perspective on the eco-friendly trends in her classroom.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- How to Apply the 3 R’s to Your Back-to-School Shopping to Save Money and Help the Environment
It seems every year, summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye. With August upon us, it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. Here are a few ways you can apply the 3 R’s to help go green this school year.
The day your kids head back to the classroom is thisclose on the calendar.
That means you only have a few weeks to get all that back-to-school shopping wrapped up — and we know from experience how long your school's supply list can be.
Because of Green Apple Supply's unique non-profit model, you can buy many of the products you need from environmentally conscious and responsible producers — for the same price (or even less) than traditional, non-eco friendly products. Continue reading
Where is your reusable grocery bag? How often have you left it in your car or at home?
Recently, I witnessed a gal at the grocery store scan her items at the checkout and put them back in her grocery cart without using plastic bags. When I commented on her behavior, she remarked, “until I remember my reusable bags, this is my form of penance.” I appreciated her effort to refuse plastic and I chose to forgo the plastic grocery bags myself. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
By Stephanie Tobor, Founder/CEO of Green Apple Supply
It is the first month of a new year and, while I have been known to hop into the resolution craze as fervently as anyone, this year I choose to start out differently. I did not begin the year with an ardent January 1 blog about what I will accomplish personally and to address current environmental issues (that in itself is a great accomplishment for me!). Instead, I have welcomed 2014 slowly, getting a feel for it and allowing the last two weeks to settle around me like a warm blanket. I have fought the urge to reorganize the pantry, hit the gym or clean out one of many junk drawers. Rather than jumping into action, I have taken these and many other impulses and catalogued them, allowing them to settle around me and my cozy 2014 blanket.
Not your typical green-caped, eco-friendly action figure
What has become most apparent is my innate need to GSD (get stuff done). I typically think of something that needs doing and immediately jump into action. I would much rather move into this mindless activity than sit with intention for even a minute – seeking out the sense of achievement and accomplishment that result from a job well done.
Therefore, my official resolution for 2014 is TO PROCESS. Rather than jumping into action like some green-caped eco action figure, I will sit with my problems and allow them to wash over me, and into me. I will live WITH them rather than try to arrest the discomfort by taking action. I will FEEL them and allow calm to prevail. And I will even attempt to relish in the unresolved, finding the peace within. I believe that for some, this is called FATE.
If you like, join me here for a moment of relishing what IS.
Let go of your worries and preoccupations of the day (just for a minute!) - your financial woes, your hectic schedule, kids, car pool, Facebook newsfeed and yes, even your environmental activism. Take a moment and just look up at the sky. Appreciate its magnitude, its range, its scope. Watch the clouds roll in and out of formation and visualize your daily struggles in just this way – at one moment a grandiose and audacious structure and at the next moment, merely a wisp.
Rather than tackling our challenges at their most intimidating, let’s invite them to sit with us a while. As we get to know them better, they too will change in shape, in proximity, in importance. Some may simply float away. Like the clouds in our beautiful sky, we can learn to observe them rather than react to them. And when the time comes to act, something inside of us will know. Like the touch of a raindrop on our shoulder, I have faith that our inner wisdom and grace will guide us into kind and gentle action.
I wish you all a peaceful, patient and content 2014.
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