Green Biz: Do the Simple Things

June 24th, 2008

We all know businesses are trying to go green. Some are even going to incredible lengths to run “green promotions” that are really not authentic representations of their businesses. This type of self-promoting “eco-PR” will likely only get them nailed in the blogosphere as “green washers.” It’s a shame, really, when the right green path can consist of very simple steps, even for the smallest local businesses.

It came to me on my morning walk. As I passed by the local church’s summer camp, I noticed that the kids were drinking water from styrofoam cups.

How many kids across the US are drinking from styrofoam rather than recyclable or biodegradable cups? Wouldn’t it be great if local businesses could step up and donate eco-friendly cups to the camps? The kids would learn a valuable lesson about environmental stewardship, and the businesses would get a three-fer: helping the local community, building goodwill, and taking a simple step to help the environment.

No one needs crazy “green campaigns” that consume more resources than they save. If you’re a small business owner, take a walk, clear your head, and look around your community. You’ll probably come up with your own great green ideas.

And if you’re a parent dropping your kid at camp, tell me – is your camp a bit “greener” this year? Or are things the same as they’ve always been?

— Lynn

Copyright 2008 OrganicMania

3 Responses to “Green Biz: Do the Simple Things”

  1. Muthering Heights on June 24, 2008 5:32 pm

    Hmm, I never thought about that before! What a good idea though, the business would essentially be sneaking in advertising to the campers’ parents in addition to the benefits you mentioned. Who WOULDN’T want to donate cups?

    Exactly! Maybe someone will catch on and actually do this! :) — Lynn

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  3. Shannon on July 23, 2008 10:01 pm

    One item that has really upset me is the ‘get on the green bandwagon’ for corps. Last week, I noticed some new products in the organic section of our local store, so I decided to check it out. There was some fantastic labeling, but the product wasn’t organic/eco-friendly at all – the packaging was 10% recycled.

    Even though ‘going green’ is the next revolution for corp. America, I wish it could be done without deceiving the public that they are doing good. It is very knieve and completely unrealistic!!

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