What does Earth Day mean to you?


Earth Day Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Most of us usually take the day to turn off or reduce all of our electronics and energy consumption appliances in order to reduce energy consumption. But Earth Day is much more than a one-day, week or month event of the year.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Earth Day is intended to shift our consumption habits to become more sustainable all year round. From electricity usage to proper waste and recycling disposal. If you’re a regular reader of our blog you will recall our Earth Day statistics infographic covering some eye-opening environmental facts. While we are moving towards more sustainable practices there is more each of us can do, both as individuals and organizations.

That is exactly what Earth Day means to us…

A Reminder

To always be mindful of our waste, pollution and excessive energy consumption.

Drive to work every day? Try carpooling or taking public transit once or twice a week.

Use a lot of electronics? Plug them into energy-saving power outlets to conserve electricity when they’re idle.

Do you recycle? According to the infographic mentioned above, only 25% of paper was recycled in Canada in 2014. Make sure that all of your recyclable items are sorted properly. Batteries, paper, electronics, etc.

A Starting Point

While certain actions towards reducing our carbon footprint are straight forward, others require more knowledge or resources. How to recycle old computers and cell phones? Difference between incandescent, fluorescent and LED light bulbs?

Fortunately Earth Day Canada has developed a great web domain full of content suited for all walks of life: employees, kids, organizations and green conscientious individuals.

Earth Day Canada logoIt takes effort to become eco-friendly all year round, but the effort is well worth it.

A Global Effort

Earth Day is recognized by over 190 countries world-wide. It illustrates the importance we need to place on preserving our planet. Whether we reside in a fully developed economy or a newly emerging one, steps can be taken to ensure a more ecological approach to an ever increasing global population.

Global Earth Day

Working together has never been of more importance and the sooner each individual or organization makes a positive change, the sooner our collective efforts will start to yield positive results.


That is what Earth Day means to us, what does it mean for you?

How to Stay Green at the Office: Earth Day Checklist [PDF]


Can you believe it is already Earth Day? Seems as if not too long ago we put together our Earth Day infographic covering Canadian green facts. We all try to be a little extra green this time of the year; but keeping track of everything you’ve done (or missed) can be tricky.

This is exactly why we put together a PDF checklist (you can check items off digitally  directly in the PDF if you prefer not to print) full of ways to be green. Whether you’re looking to find new tips to decrease your environmental footprint or want to track your progress as you try to reach your green office goals, the list below can help:

Earth Day PDF Checklist

Going Green During Your Office Spring Clean


I sit on the floor of my corner office rifling frantically through the last file folder in front of me. To my right, sheets of paper are scattered everywhere. To my left, empty desk drawers hang open, their remnants now dumped all over the floor. “Aha!” I say, snatching up the client document that I just spent the last 20 minutes searching for.

This Monday morning is off to a great start. I let out a deep sigh and take a look around. My office is a complete disaster – clearly due for some spring-cleaning. I pick up the itchy, red and white scarf and matching mittens I received as a Secret Santa gift at the holiday office party four months ago, and toss them in the garbage. What better time than now?

Suddenly, there’s a knock at my door. I look up from the tsunami of office supplies to see Andy poking his head in the doorway. “What’s going on in here, boss?” He asks with a quizzical look on his face.

“Just reorganizing,” I reply, as I hurriedly begin stacking the sheets of paper into neat piles.

Andy steps carefully around the miscellaneous office products strewn across the floor.

Where am I going to put all of this stuff? I wonder to myself.

“Well, isn’t this just perfect timing then?” Andy interrupts my train of thought as he flashes a colourful piece of paper in front of my face.

“You could probably use some of these Recycled Storage Boxes from the April Office Plus flyer,” he says. “They’re made with 100% post-consumer content.”

I reluctantly look to where he is pointing. I really don’t need the distraction right now.

“Did I hear you say Recycled Storage Boxes?” A voice calls out from the hallway. The new intern, Marsha, rushes in through my doorway, nearly tripping over an empty coffee cup. She looks curiously over Andy’s shoulder.

“Wait, is that an O-Ring Recycled Binder I see?” She asks, eyeing the flyer.

Andy nods enthusiastically. “There are all kinds of eco-smart office supplies in here,” he says.

“This is perfect for our new Green Initiative,” Marsha looks up at me with excitement. She has been brainstorming ways to reduce our carbon footprint since the day she started the job – only three weeks ago. “Look at these Eco-Friendly White Filing Labels, boxes of Flexgrip Ultra Recycled Retractable Pens and – what’s that? Recycled Paper Clips!”

Eco-illustration-of-a-group

I can’t help but smile. Their efforts really are inspiring. And with Earth Day just around the corner, we should all be focused on doing our part. I’ve just been so unorganized lately that I completely forgot about the initiative.

“Great ideas,” I tell them, picking up an empty paper clip box and casually tossing it in the garbage. “Let’s place an order.”

Marsha rushes over to the garbage can and pulls out the box. “We can recycle this,” she mumbles softly.

Andy’s eyes follow her. “Wait a minute – is that the scarf I got you for the office’s Secret Santa?” He asks, pointing at the itchy pile of red and white yarn.

My cheeks turn a rosy pink. “Oops, how did those get in there?” I quickly pull out the scarf and mittens and set them on my desk. “I guess I better get back to work!” I say, shuffling the two of them towards the door.

Here we go again, Monday.