April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – a day that was established to recognize the emerging environmental consciousness over the state of our planet.
In a time where the world is practicing social distancing, many are spending more time enjoying the outdoors. While outside, take a moment to appreciate the nature surrounding you. But don’t stop there! Why not challenge yourself to be part of the change? Below are some suggestions from our associates on how you can go green – right from your own home.
Decrease your packaging footprint
- Reuse packaging when you can & recycle materials when you can’t.
- Support suppliers that have sustainable practices & minimal packaging.
- Opt for cardboard/paper packaging when available.
Consider more sustainable purchasing practices
- Get creative. For example, try using vinegar, water and a bit of lemon juice as a cleaning solution for produce – an inexpensive, safe, non-aerosol cleaner that can be made in a reusable container.
Decrease your energy use
- Swap your light bulbs for energy-efficient ones.
- Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when you’re not using them.
- Use and set a programmable thermostat to control heat and cooling.
Make better use of water
- Wash clothes in cold water, and hang-dry when you can.
- Fill your dishwasher and use it regularly; this uses less water than hand washing.
Eat low carbon
- Think seasonal & regional – buy local whenever possible.
- Eat less meat & if it’s processed and packaged, skip it!
- You bought it, you eat it – don’t waste food.
Share your knowledge
- Pass on sustainable practices – you’ll be amazed at how quickly things catch on.
- It’s never too soon to start making a difference. NASA’s Climate Kids has ways young children can get involved.
Have access to outside space?
- Reuse gray water for watering plants.
- Plant a tree; a variety native to your area can be especially beneficial to the ecosystem.
- Start a home compost stream and use decomposed contents for gardening.
What do you do to support the environment? Share your suggestions in the comments section below. We may feature them in a follow-up blog.
As Gartner’s global footprint continues to expand, our associates are encouraged to make a positive impact in their local communities. Learn more about our culture, employee resource groups and community engagement efforts here.