Creating a culture of sustainability in your business or a habit of recycling at home doesn’t need to be overwhelming! As Celine DeCarlo, the Director of Social and Environmental Affairs for Mara Hoffman – mentioned at the LIM Fashion and Sustainability summit start with the small things like turning off the lights and recycling.  These small changes have a large impact.

Ever since I was little, walks on the beach with my dad always ended in the picking up a few pieces of trash that had been left behind by other beach goers.  To this day, I can’t walk on the beach without picking up a few things to toss away.  If everyone participated in this small act, imagine the impact on our oceans and beaches.

Did you know…

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
    • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours
    • Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be a part of a new can within six weeks.
  • Making a glass bottle from recycled glass causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made.
    • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
  • Hershey Kiss foil wrappers are recyclable!

If we all do our part we will leave a healthy planet for future generations. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day!