My family has to recycle all the time, and my husband actually watched my feed the other day as I was tweeting an Earth Day Themed party. One of the things I said I wish we would do better was limit our paper products. We use a lot of napkins and a lot of paper plates, which doesn’t make sense knowing we have a perfectly good dishwasher, and washing machine. Plus both are high efficiency products. I know that Earth Day is over but why stop there?
Each year Hormel Foods strives to do their part in the conserving energy and reducing pollution. In 2011 they reduced their solid waste to landfills by 29 percent and completed 33 packaging reduction projects to reduce materials used by 4.2 million pounds! To learn more about these successes and many others please visit Hormel’s Goals. There are plenty of simple ways that you and your family can help out this year, including:
Next time you want to enjoy a picnic, pack-up an eco-friendly basket with dishes from home instead of paper plates and plastic utensils. Enjoy a healthy spread with products that are known for their eco-friendly and sustainable packaging. One example is Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats. Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats comes in packaging made of 100 percent recycled material – making them the only national brand that features 100 percent recycled packaging. Just last month, Hormel® Natural Choice® launched their new line of Family Pack deli meats – perfect for feeding a large group and cutting down on your trips to the store.
Pack lunches in reusable containers instead of plastic zip-lock bags that can only be used once. Take it a step further by saving and using plastic containers from take-out meals.
Opt to receive bills and notices through email instead of by mail. Most banks and organizations offer a “paper-less” option, which will not only help cut down on wasted paper, but shorten your stack of mail that comes in every day.
Offer your support through a contribution to the Earth Day Network! Or check out the many opportunities to volunteer in your community.
What could you do to make a difference other than just celebrating Earth Day.