Yesterday was Earth Day—a good day to reflect about what happens to our planet which doubles as a lasting reminder to be aware of how the judgment we use every day impacts the environment. Prompted by then- Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970. After touring the oil spill devastation on the coast of Santa Barbara, Nelson drew on the idea of the popular teach-ins held on school campuses and aimed to coordinate environmental events organized at three colleges and extend them beyond the local university grounds. Earth Day has remained an important annual way to raise attentiveness to environmental issues at the local, state, and national level. Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day.
Many companies are striving to become greener, in turn encouraging their customers and employees to do the same. As individuals, many of us choose to utilize companies that are aware of their environmental footprint and act accordingly. Many promotional products suppliers are getting into the action by offering a larger selection of products that are considered green. Products created using recycled, reusable, or sustainable material are readily available throughout the industry. In addition, suppliers provide products such as reusable water bottles and tote bags to help reduce waste and energy.
At Maple Ridge Farms, we strive to do our part to help maintain the environment.
Reduce… We design our gifts to be as earth-friendly as possible. On average, less than 3% of any gift needs to be sent to a landfill.
Reuse… The majority of our gifts include keepsakes such as reusable boxes, cutting boards or desk accessories that will be used for years to come.
Recycle… We strive to use recyclable packaging wherever possible. In addition, we recycle over 50 tons of paper and corrugated annually!
Sustainable… No rainforests have been damaged to create our gifts. All of our wood products are made from sustainable timber.
Saving the Rainforests… Our chocolates can help save the rainforests! Cocoa, the principle ingredient of chocolate, needs the shaded canopy of the rainforest to grow. Nearly all of the chocolate used in our gifts is Rainforest Alliance certified, which ensures that the farms have met the environmental, social, and economic standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. The more chocolate we consume, the greater the need to preserve the rainforest.
That’s why we like to say…
“Save the rainforests, eat more chocolate!”