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.
Tag Archives: eco-friendly
According to the Nature Conservancy, it’s estimated that each year 30 million real Christmas trees and 10 million artificial Christmas trees are brought home each year. It can sometimes be difficult to determine which is the more eco-friendly option over the years. With that question in mind, we at Green Apple Supply wanted to shed some light on what is truly the more environmentally friendly option. Continue reading
October has finally arrived. With the shortening of the days and the cooler autumn nights we’re reminded that Halloween is just a few weeks away. In preparation of the coming holiday, and all the fun that leads up to the big day, we at Green Apple Supply wanted to give some tips on how you can make your Halloween an eco-friendly and healthy holiday for you and your family.
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
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.
One red, spiral, 80-sheet, college-rule notebook? A blue, 3-ring, 2-inch D-ring binder? Sure, back to school shopping is stressful enough without adding yet another thing to the list. But, with everything we are learning concerning the vulnerable state of our planet, purchasing eco-friendly school supplies should not just be another item. It should be at the top of the list. We send our children to school for a comprehensive education, preparing them for the challenges they will face as adults. One of the largest (if not the largest!) challenges facing our children today is maintaining the Earth for future generations. Both during school and outside of it, they are constantly faced with pressure to make “green” decisions. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” has become the “Duck and Cover” of this generation. Like the imminent threat of bombing, it is impossible that this sort of pressure isn’t affecting our children’s mental health and feelings of security. In the article, “No Kidding, One in Three Children Fear Earth Apocalypse,” the article reports that “one out of three children aged 6 to 11 fears that Ma Mother Earth won't exist when they grow up, while more than half—56 percent—worry that the planet will be a blasted heath (or at least a very unpleasant place to live).”
By supplying our children with eco-friendly school supplies, we reinforce the hard work we do at home and we teach them that helping the planet is universal. You keep it in mind at home, at school, at work…Everywhere. Children today are already faced with an overwhelming amount of mixed messages. They are encouraged to recycle, which is inexpensive and easy, but organic foods that require quite a monetary investment may not be accessible, despite their importance. Likewise, saving water and energy are encouraged, but hybrid or electric vehicles are not. Naturally, most consumers make decisions based on their pocketbooks. But it is important to recognize that many of these decisions fly in the face of what we are teaching our children.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The most inspirational stories will be posted here as guest blogs.