BIKE OR WALK TO WORK
Doing away with public transport for a week we dedicated ourselves to walking and biking to and from work! There was a small prize for the employee who biked or walked the furthest total distance!
Every day from Noon-1 PM we held Daylight Hour. This means lights in the office were turned off (computers remained on though!).
BAN THE BAG
It is estimated that 1 trillion bags are used and discarded world wide every year. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and the result of human laziness, so we dedicated Monday to banning the plastic bag! We encouraged keeping a small reusable bag in your briefcase/purse or pocket and made the reminder that human hands are great for carrying things.
Did you really want that receipt? What about that Golfer's Digest magazine you receive in the mail every month but never read. This week was dedicated to cutting back on paper and saving trees which help provide us with clean breathing air. Employees were encouraged to 1) call to opt out of junk mail, 2) switch to e-statements, 3) Use kitchen towels instead of paper towels 4) Reuse paper for notes
KICK THE CUP
Avoid buying bottles of juice and cans of soda at the store. Hydration is necessary, but so is the environment! Employees were encouraged to bring their own cup to the coffee shop and should they forget, at least they could skip taking that plastic lid. K-cups were no exception, these pods may be trendy but they are neither recyclable nor biodegradable, so we turned to a reusable k-cup.
This day we challenged each of UGE's offices to end their day with no trash. We encouraged everyone to reduce, reuse, recycle wherever possible putting the tricks they learned earlier in the week to use.
The last day of UGEarth Week went beyond reduce, reuse, recycle as the week's culminating experience. Using all of the sustainable practices learned throughout the week the day's goal was to create ZERO WASTE- that means no trash or recyclables in any of our offices!