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As humans become increasingly aware of the environmental state of our planet, so increases our awareness and urgency to start doing more about it. Making small adjustments to our lifestyles and routines can go a long way in ensuring our precious planet is green and growing for many generations to come.

While we at Lenovo are making great strides and commitments to do our part in running a sustainable and environmentally friendly business & products, the collective impact of the individual can stack up pretty high.

So, your LenovoPRO community team decided to share the little things we do to help contribute to a greener world. Hope you enjoy it and maybe get inspired to try something new!


Mari Babikova, LenovoPRO Community Manager, Japan

"For the last three years, recycling dairy drink packages has become my habit. They are sustainable carton packages called Tetra Pack. I drop them off at my kid’s school and the students collect everything and ship to Tetra Pack factory. Then their school receives coupon points which turn into products like music instruments, sports equipment, or other useful items that work for students. The bottle caps are also collected at the school, and the materials turn into vaccine funding for children in developing countries. I believe that even a tiny effort in our daily life and routine can make an impact to our environment."


Morgan Ammons, Global Content Producer, US

"One thing that I have tried to implement recently is shifting away from using single use items. I found myself going through at least 3 plastic straws a day, so I thought transitioning to paper straws would be “better” for the environment. Although that is in right direction, paper straws still create waste just like plastic straws. Ultimately, I was given some advice from one of my friends that tries to live a zero-waste lifestyle to buy a set of stainless-steel reusable straws. Not only do they create zero waste, but they are extremely budget friendly. Reusable straws come in an assortment of shapes and sizes and can be found at a variety of different stores and online. For my birthday, my husband even bought me a portable reusable straw that comes in a case and fits perfectly in my purse."


Sean O’Leary, Lenovo SMB Content Strategist

"Plastic waste is a major problem worldwide, and one way that you can combat it within your business – while also encouraging healthy behavior among your employees – is installing a water dispenser meant for water bottles.  Encouraging your employees (and yourself) to drink more water throughout the day is a good way to stay productive and alert in a healthy way. However, providing employees with plastic, single-use water bottles that they throw away once empty only contributes to plastic pollution. If you provide your employees with their own (possibly branded) reusable water bottles and install a dispenser – you're doubling the positivity!"


Beth Knittel, LenovoPRO Community Manager, US

"My green tip is simple and basic – reusable totes for grocery shopping. A common practice in some countries and communities to bring your own bags, plastic bags are still at large in much of the US. Reusable bags are beneficial not just for the planet but for you too! I wanted to get and use recycled totes for years! I finally got some about five years ago and haven’t looked back. After a few out-of-my-comfort-zone bagging experiences, it became second nature. Now, I don’t leave the house for a grocery trip without them.

Depending on your household size, you can easily obtain reusable grocery bags (maybe even made from recycled plastic?!) for your regular grocery haul. You can designate certain totes at certain sizes for certain food groups. This helps with your organization and unpacking when you get home. A great way to keep the earth in mind and keep your life organized, reusable bags are one of my favorite green life practices. Plus, you can support your favorite organizations, businesses, ideas or sayings when you pick up a tote from a local business. Win-win-win I’d say."


Sylvia Tran, LenovoPRO & LenovoEDU Community Manager, Australia

"My sustainability tip is geared towards all the meat eaters out there – to give Meatless Mondays (or any day for that matter) a go! My partner and I are huge foodies and often don’t have restrictions to what we’ll eat. We have recently adopted one vegan day a week in an effort to be more conscious in our consumption and have loved it! While a plant-based diet is often tied to health, there are also documented benefits for the Earth – two birds, one stone!

We’ve found plenty of amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurants since adopting Meatless Mondays. If you’re in Sydney, here’s a few of my favourites!

  • Yulli’s, Surry Hills or Yulli’s Brews, Alexandria (also amazing beer selection!)
  • Bad Hombres, Surry Hills
  • Chatkazz, Harris Park
  • Bodhi, CBD"

Diana Löchli, LenovoPRO Community Manager, Germany

"Unfortunately, far too much food is thrown away every year, which is both expensive for the wallet and harmful for the environment. Especially since the food was produced for the garbage can, but still caused environmental pollution such as climate gases, energy consumption, water and soil pollution. Therefore, my sustainability tip is to avoid or at least minimize food waste. There are a few simple tips for this that anyone can implement: Check your supplies before shopping and shop with a shopping list, not by feel. Make sure you buy in moderation - don't stock up. After the best-before date has passed, check to see if the food is still edible. Once the best-before date has passed, food is not automatically bad. You can refrigerate leftover food for the next day or freeze it. Ultimately, only dispose of food leftovers in the organic waste garbage can."


What are some of your green tips or best practices? Share with the community in the comments below and let us know what you want to see in our next staff picks piece! This article was originally published in the LenovoPro Community. LenovoPro is a community of small and medium business owners and leaders, their employees, young professionals new to the business world, entrepreneurs, and retirees. Sign up for free to connect with your peers, talk tech, and find resources and tech giveaways for the business world.

Comments

  • My family and I always use reusable bottle waters and take them with us everywhere we go, so we don't have to buy plastic water bottles.

  • I still like the old office saying, "Your mother doesn't work here, so you'll have to clean up after yourself."  Start with your own discipline. 

  • I live in a city that's considered "high desert".  Water conservation is very important in all times. Besides low-flush toilets, we must be very careful our lawn sprinklers hit their marks (the grass), and water days regulated in most places. 

  • We try to reuse, at least once, every bag or container we get something in from the store...and, of course, reusing the store's bag the next time we go in.  Every trash container in my house has a shopping bag for a liner, to depose of.

  • The use of plastic has to be the largest part of waste management.  We use it for everything.  It's light, strong, flexible if needed, but unfortunately, it doesn't break down very well.  Maybe, we need to do more research on plastic, to find a way to break down the structure in decomposition, after a period of time.

  • These are good tips for someone who doesn't really practice green habits yet.  Where i live we have to recycle loads of things already.

  • I found that I am one of the lowest energy users on my block, but that is because my low blood pressure keeps me cool (and tired) all summer, which isn't a very helpful tip for others! However, I think there is a great opportunity for wool insulation as an alternative to fiberglass, which is produced at extremely hot temperatures and isn't great for us to be around, let alone great for the environment. Right now, wool insulation is very expensive because of the lack of supply. However, ranchers could use their land for sheep and cattle or other animals because apparently they graze on a different variety of plants. Not an agricultural expert, however.

  • The bump to fluorescent lights result in savings to produce illumination as well as a reduction in heat emanation. (Just ask anybody that rushed to replace an older bulb that has burnt out.)

  • I put my plastic straws in the dishwasher.  They last as long as the new reusable straws.

  • I appreciate all the helpful tips in this article to help us improve sustainability and reduce all the needless waste of resources. Re-useable straws was a great idea. Reusable water bottles definitely helps zero in on massive plastic waste.