We can live consciously and thoughtfully about how we use paper. When you write a note, could you also reuse it again, and use the other side? When you receive a card, is there a portion of it that’s not written on, that could be used for a casual note to a roommate, spouse or friend? Or perhaps you could even use it for a to-do list. When you receive a box of a recent book or item of clothing, you can save it for holiday gifts. Let’s think creatively about our trees…
There are so many things that are packaged within paper, and the waste can be enormous. I think about the time, manufacturing costs, the transport, the packaging, when we look at individual salt packets. My guess is, forty granules of salt are contained within a tiny salt packet. And we’ve got to enclose it with paper, and then put it in another big package to transport it. There are so many ways that we use paper that are not allowing us to be effective stewards of our environment. Continue reading
Yet we really have to encourage ourselves to reuse, and reuse again. Here are some creative and inspiring ways to do so:
1. Save To-Go Containers
I’m often surprised in my office when people get lunches to go, how many containers go in the recycling. Continue reading
Liquid is working hard.
That’s what happens when you try to set up shop, a complex online network, in Africa.
“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.
In many emerging nations, children are starving and dying due to lack of clean water. As a “developed” nation, it certainly doesn’t seem that advanced for us to be getting water for free. Meanwhile, two million people in the developing world are dying every year because they can’t access clean water.
Maybe we won’t have water fountains in the future.
It doesn’t make sense. If there is a limited, precious resource, why should it flow freely to those who have the most access to it? And at the same time, be so costly to others who need it most?
I think we should have to buy our water, bottled or fountain. It’s a cherished, expensive and rare commodity. Quite soon, and even by certain nations, water already is the new diamond.
The diamonds which are jewels are high end commodities, which are optional. Yet water is not a “high-end commodity” that we can go without.
Our society is now realizing that the most prized and honored possessions in our world are things that we actually cannot possess… Water is used, captured again, recycled in nature, and used again. Unlike diamonds, it can’t fit in our jewelry box, where we take it out whenever we so desire. Its beauty rests in its necessary part of our day to day.
Its beauty rests in the continuation of life.
“Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.” –Alexander Haig
Alexander Haig was a four-star general in the United States Army, as well as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Ford, and Secretary of State under President Reagan. A veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Haig received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.