Submitted by Essity
Although many Earth Day activities—whether in your personal life, in your community or within your company—may look and feel differently this year, the COVID-19 crisis has shown us just how precious ‘outside’ really is. And one of the unexpected outcomes of “stay-at-home” orders is a reduction in smog and air pollution, a reduction in river pollution and even endangered sea turtles again laying egg on empty beaches.
As a company committed to sustainability, Essity cares deeply about the future of our planet, so we develop hygiene and health products and services that help customers and consumers reduce their environmental impact. At Essity, we believe Earth Day should be every day.
To commemorate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, we want to share 50 tips and ideas on how to live “greener.” With many of us staying at home during this time, it’s an ideal opportunity to adopt new ways in our daily life to protect Earth’s environment, natural resources and its future.
These tips, hacks and newly discovered tricks cover just about everything—and could be terrific thought starters for some new projects!
Recycle cardboard cores of toilet paper and paper towel rolls
Turn lights out whenever you leave the room or use smart light bulbs
Unplug cords from outlets when not in use
Turn off your computer off at the end of your workday
Use LED lights
Set your smart TV to go to sleep when you aren’t watching it
Install a smart thermostat
Use Energy Star appliances
Add solar panels to your home
Keep drapes open during the day to use sunlight to heat a room– or keep closed to cool a room
Become familiar with your city’s recycling guidelines so you recycle properly
Compost food scraps and yard waste
Plant a garden
Have water-wise plants such as succulents
Collect rainwater to use for garden and plant watering
Use organic mulch in your garden to conserve water
Save meal leftovers instead of throwing away
Grow your own vegetables or buy locally to reduce use of paper, plastics and shipping material.
Save veggie scraps to make vegetable stock
Run all errands (grocery store, pharmacy) in one trip
Bring your own containers and bags to supermarket
Buy in bulk to reduce packaging
Wait until your laundry basket/dishwasher is full to do a load
Air dry clothes instead of using dryer when possible
Use wool balls instead of dryer sheets to help clothes dry quicker
Make your own kitchen cleaning solution using household items like vinegar and water
Recycle household batteries or use rechargeable batteries instead
Reuse plastic food storage bags when possible
Save bread bags and cereal bags for re-use
Use a metal filter for your coffee pot and reusable k-cups
Stop rinsing dishes before you put them in the dishwasher
Install a water filter for “homemade” bottled water
Ride your bicycle instead of driving your car
Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy
Bring/use reusable water bottles when going out
Wash your car when it’s raining
Donate old furniture, household items and fixtures instead of throwing out
Donate old clothes instead of throwing them out
Join a local upcycle group so castaways are “reused”
Unsubscribe from junk mail (newsletters, catalogs, coupon books)
Take notes on your computer or smart phone rather than a notepad
Use an e-reader instead of buying new books
Scan files instead of faxing them
Opt to receive credit card and other bills electronically
Take a shorter shower a few times a week
Wash clothes in cold or warm water rather than hot water
Check weather for rain before watering outdoor plants
Tighten sink faucet so no water leaks
Use a water-saving shower head
Lower the temperature on your water heater or install an instant hot water heater
We hope some of these ideas have inspired you to think differently and to make a shift that will have a positive impact later. It’s more important now than ever to heed this year’s Earth Day message—climate action—and engage in Earth-friendly activities at home today to make a difference in our world tomorrow.
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company. We are dedicated to improving well-being through our products and services. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 46,000 employees. Net sales in 2019 amounted to approximately $13.5 billion. The company’s headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and Essity is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity breaks barriers to well-being and contributes to a healthy, sustainable and circular society. More information at www.essity.com.
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces and sells Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Care, Incontinence Products and Medical Solutions), Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene products and solutions.
Our vision is; Dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other brands, such as Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2017 amounted to approximately 12.8 bn USD (SEK 109bn, EUR 11.3bn). The business operations are based on a sustainable business model with focus on value creation for people and nature.
The company has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity used to be part of the SCA Group.
Tork is a brand of Essity. Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops personal care, professional hygiene and consumer tissue products and solutions. Essity offers Tork paper towels, toilet paper, skin care products, facial tissue, wipers, wet wipes, napkins and other hygiene products for washrooms, wash stations, healthcare areas, food and beverage handling, food preparation, manufacturing and maintenance. For more information, visit http://www.torkusa.com/
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