At My Green Lab, our team is committed to protecting the earth each and every day – inside the laboratory and out! To celebrate Earth Day 2023, we’ve compiled a few of our team’s favorite sustainability tips that they practice regularly. Read on for tips and tricks to help inspire your personal sustainability journey.
From Gardening to Composting
Many members of team My Green Lab practice sustainability by spending time in the garden. Pernilla Sörme, Technical Program Director, likes to grow her own vegetables. She’s looking forward to a busy summer in the garden alongside her two dogs, ten sheep, seven ducks, two chickens and Lilly the pony!
Senior Business Development Manager Benjamin Hisey is also a garden aficionado. “One of my favorite sustainability tips is participating in community gardening resources - shared composting, community plant sharing! This removes a lot of plastic waste from the gardening process and helps to promote a local healthy ecosystem and community!”
“I like to reuse glass jars and plastic containers for growing vegetables in the greenhouse,” says Jack O’Grady, Senior Programmes Manager.
Our team is also big on composting. “The amount of waste that is diverted from my trash bin is incredible!” says Stephanie Millar, Senior Director of Business Development.
“Composting is the perfect way to reduce waste and give your scraps a second life. Even without a yard, I can bring my compost to a local grocery store or farm to grow more fruits and vegetables. By repurposing your food waste, you decrease methane emissions, save resources, improve soil health, and lower the demand for artificial fertilizers and pesticides in our food,” says Cristalle Ruiz, Business Development Manager.
The Art of Recycling
“Aluminum is one of the most readily recyclable materials on the planet - so I go out of my way to get it recycled!” says Christina Greever, My Green Lab’s Senior Programs Manager. “If I'm traveling and staying somewhere that doesn't offer recycling, I will carry cans home and place them in my own recycle bin, or seek out organizations that do recycle nearby,” she continues. Below is Christina with several bags of recycling that she brought back from a trip with friends to Montana!
“One of my favorite sustainability tips is upcycling - particularly emptied glass jars and wooden boxes. They can be easily rinsed off, and after removing any packaging labels, they are great for storage and decor. Glass jars can be used for storing food items like nuts, seeds, or dried fruits, while wooden boxes can be repurposed as bookshelves or planters. Upcycling not only reduces waste but also adds a unique touch to your living space,” says Senior Marketing Manager Namrata Jain.
“Straws! I love straws! But a plastic straw that goes in the landfill is a definite no-no for me,” says IlaSri Bharati Summitt, Sustainability Programs Manager. “I buy sustainable straws made out of bamboo or grass that are fully biodegradable OR metal reusable straws.”
Jazmine Stenger-Smith, My Green Lab’s Sustainability Programs Coordinator is a die hard thrifter. “Most of my furniture is second hand. The search is like a treasure hunt for me and I usually find some pretty rad items! It’s also invigorating that I am choosing the sustainable options for furniture, decor, clothes, dishes, etc.”
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