Secrets of successful green champions
Having a motivated and enthusiastic green champion can make a world of difference to the success of your recycling efforts, whether at home or at work. Reducing our environmental impact is a crucial step in creating a cleaner, greener future for our planet, but some environmental enthusiasts have more success than others, so we thought we would take a look at the secrets of successful green champions to help identify areas where we all could benefit.
Habit not chore
One of the most obvious traits of a successful green champion is how their everyday decisions, recycling reflexes and energy saving behaviours have become second nature, so that these things are done habitually instead of being seen as a chore. They say it takes 66 times to make a habit, so getting yourself into this new mind-set won’t happen overnight, but if you persevere with it, in only a couple of months you’ll not even notice that you’re making more socially conscious choices.
See the bigger picture
Knowing how your actions today influence the immediate and distant future plays a big part in the mind-set of a green champion, so it helps to see the bigger picture when it comes to recycling. For example, you might just see it as an extra hassle to gather your paperwork at the end of the day and take them to the office recycling bin, instead of just putting them in the bin beside your desk, but what will this small action achieve? More paper recycled means a reduced need for raw materials to create new sources of paper, and the fossil fuels required to fuel the machinery and the transportation of these goods to market. It also helps preserve natural wildlife and reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere by maintaining forests – so is it really too much hassle to recycle that stack of papers?
Better buying decisions
Buying the same things in the supermarket each week is, for many of us, a reflexive purchase. We’ll reach for the same things time and time again without considering if there’s a more socially responsible choice available. What do you really know about the green policies of some of your favourite brands? Maybe it’s time you found out, so you can be sure you’re making better buying decisions each week.
It’s not just the stuff we throw away that needs thought, but often it’s the stuff that doesn’t get thrown away that we can reuse or repurpose to give new life to that green champions do well. Thinking creatively about how to reuse office supplies can be a bit more challenging than household items, but this list has some great ideas to get you started.