While employing practices that support our Vital Planet is something GSN members do year-round, April brings increased global attention to our environmental practices through Earth Day.
Celebrated since 1970, Earth Day was established as a “national teach-in on the environment” and has evolved into a worldwide movement focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was intended to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. Today, the Earth Day Network estimates that more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities in 174 countries.
Support our Vital Planet this month with these Earth Day Activities suggested by GSN Members.
1. Put That Reusable Shopping Bag to Good Use
Whether your grocery shopping, donating used items, or consciously buying new items, carry it all in your eco-friendly bag from Eminence. While the company follows an “Earth Day Every Day” motto, Eminence is celebrating Earth Month by gifting an eco-friendly, reusable tote bag to the first 2,500 spa partners that place orders in April. Additionally, their educating consumers on “why” opting for a reusable bag is important, offering the following reasons for switching:
- Reduce environmental impact: average person uses 375+ plastic bags annually
- Limit plastic pollution: 1,000,000+ birds die each year from ingesting plastic
- Prevent disease: fish ingest plastic, cancer-causing debris that can be passed on to people who eat fish
- Save 100,000 animals that get sick or die from 20+ tons of plastic dumped into the ocean annually
“I am very passionate about doing all we can to conserve and protect our environment and wildlife,” says Boldijarre Koronczay, President of Eminence Organic Skin Care. “We should all have the mission to leave the Earth better than we found it – not just for our generation, but for future generations.” Discover their many Earth initiatives, including their Certified Organic farm in Hungary that recently opened its doors to the public.
2. Save a Little More Water
Learn how you can save a little more water this month by participating in Jurlique’s ‘Water Saving Challenge’ April 17th – April 23rd. They’ll be sharing a week of tips on how to save one of our most precious resources, water. Water is often wasted and there are simple things we can all do to conserve and make a difference. Follow along on Instagram @JurliqueUSA for tips and a chance to win their Activating Water Essence.
“Jurlique was founded on a simple truth – nature is the answer. We believe in the healing properties of nature and that we should never take more from the Earth than we need.” Learn how they put this into practice year-round here.
3. Get Outside with Friends, Co-Workers, and Family
Universal Companies feels that to appreciate the outdoors you need to enjoy the outdoors! So, the Friday before Earth Day, they are hosting ‘Outdoor Day’, encouraging employees to take breaks to work in the garden, walk, and enjoy nature. They will be planting trees around their company walking trail, providing additional shade and walking appeal for those sunny summer days and redesigning their company garden by planting perennials for enjoyment year-round.
‘Outdoor Day’ is also incorporates wellness, featuring a potluck Salad Lunch and outdoor fun with tug-of-war, blowing bubbles, and hula hoops! They’ll even have the company band, The Insubordinates, playing in the afternoon (Fun Fact: Universal’s Copy Editor and GSN’s Personal Care Advisory Council volunteer, Lisa Sykes plays the tambourine and serves as a backup singer!).
4. Raise Awareness by Sharing Your Love of the Earth
Spread the word on why you love the Earth and what you’re doing to support our #VitalPlanet by participating in the “I Love the Earth Because…” social campaign or by creating and sharing your favorite list of Earth Day Activities.
In an effort to raise public awareness about how we can “Go Green for the Earth”, Pevonia curated a list of their favorite eco-friendly actions and are encouraging their distributors, employees, and social media followers to join them in the Pevonia Earth Day Pledge. They also created unique “selfie cards”, encouraging employees to sign, snap a selfie and share on social using #PevoniaEarthDayPledge.
What is your favorite Earth Day Activity? Are you hosting an activity at your business or in your local community?
Reach out and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or @GreenSpaNetwork – Let’s ramp up the noise for our Vital Planet!