What’s Your Shopping Carbon Footprint?

shipping-mail-boxes shopping carbon footprintOur personal carbon footprint has become increasingly important to us all as we understand our role in climate change.

Here at GreenWomanStore.com, we definitely support Shopping Local. Our 100+ Female Entrepreneurs are Local Business Women serving their communities as well as online shoppers, and we feel privileged to share their visions and passions for a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

What’s your shopping carbon footprint? The statistics are now in and show us that Online Shopping typically has a lower carbon footprint than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. There are exceptions, like Manhattan where bicycling is the trend. Walking and bicycling always improve our impact on the Earth as well as our own physical and mental health.

Here are some tips to lower your shopping carbon footprint whether shopping online or in your local marketplace:

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Minimize the number of miles you drive to purchase each item. Plan your shopping trips so that you save time and fuel. Purchasing just one item online delivered by truck has roughly 1/2 the carbon footprint of driving to a local store to buy that one item.

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Give yourself plenty of time to plan and allow for more flexible online shipping options. And choose U.S.P.S. as your online shipping choice whenever possible. The U.S. Postal Service is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose packaging meets the Cradle to Cradle standards for human and environmental health and recyclability!

usps shipping go green stamp*Shop Woman Made – Female Menstruant Entrepreneurs are in touch with what the world really needs vs what will satisfy a growing greed. Our menstrual cycles are connected to earth’s lunar cycles, and our menstrual visions become our passions and our products. We make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity and conservation. We women are menstrually and intimately connected to the Earth, her Lunar Cycles, and Her Natural Resources. Our cycles are her cycles.

At GreenWomanStore.com, we’ve done the safe and non-toxic research for you. And it’s easy because we have only women to work with here, only woman made visions and products. We trust the Menstrual Minds of our partners, and the direction of their visions. We encourage you to support female owned businesses locally and online. Increasing women’s share of world trade will change your shopping footprint!

Eco Friendly Office Tips for Working Mom’s Day

7 Eco-Friendly Office TipsMother’s Day is a great time to integrate some Eco Friendly Office Tips. Here are several simple changes you can make your working experience more Earth-Friendly. If your home is already green, bring some of that earth friendliness to your office and create a less toxic place to spend a large part of your day!

Here are 9 Eco Friendly Office Tips:

1. Install Recycle Bins around your office place encouraging proper disposal of glass, plastic, aluminum, and used batteries and ink cartridges.

2. Conserve Paper Use as much as possible, especially at your copy machine or printer. Set it for two-sided, and email or text what doesn’t need to be printed.

3. Use Green Office Supplies, replacing with eco-friendly products as you make new purchases: LED task lighting (see the video), bamboo pencils, and always used the highest percentage of recycled paper available.

Eco friendly office tips for working moms.4. Reusable Dishware in the Kitchen cuts down on plastic bowls, coffee mugs, plates, and utensils, and encourages colleagues to bring their own. Biodegradable dinnerware is available now also in bulk at money saving prices.

5. Encourage Portable Glass Water Bottles instead of selling bottled water by providing good filtered water for refills.

6. Stock Wax Paper in the Kitchen as well as wax sandwich bags in the kitchen for plastic free, non-toxic food storage.

7. Carpool, Train, Bike & Bus to Work at least two days a week to save money and gas, and reduce air pollution. If we all did it, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,600 pounds a year! And think of all the great conversations and friendships you will make with workmates and colleagues. Have a bike rack built at work to encourage this healthy eco-friendly mode of transportation!

8. Create a Sustainabilty Team of office members to research and encourage the greenest office practices possible. Come up with some fun contests and prizes to reward green ideas, eco-friendliness, and friendly competition!

9. Conserve Energy by shutting down computers, monitors, printers, and business cell phones at the end of the day. That means the kitchen too: Unplug those microwaves, coffee makers and toasters!

Happy Mother’s Day! You can enjoy your workplace more when you take steps to make it non-toxic, green, and earth friendly! Organize a “Sustainability Team” to adopt as many of these Eco Friendly Office Tips as you can. Comment below and let us know what you think.

 

Green Thinking in your Workplace

As women become more involved with work, starting up their own businesses, and taking on more leadership roles, we have an opportunity to be more “green” in our thinking about what constitutes a healthy and happy workplace.

Work is love made visible. – Kahlil Gibran

Each of us has a unique skill or talent that is our responsibility to identify, cultivate, and share with the world. The reason we’re here on the planet is to do the best we can with what we’ve got. We have a great chance to be more thoughtful about environmentally-friendly choices in our personal life. We also have a chance to develop a greener and cleaner, more sustainable, organic, and natural workplace, too.

Here are some tips in involving green thinking during your internal professional development:

1) Create a plan with measurable goals to help you develop a more eco-conscious environment. This could be as simple as bringing in more plants, or as complex as converting the cleaning products used, or the heating and cooling needs of the building.

2) Update yourself and maintain an archive by using a blog, Tumblr, Instagram, or a Facebook page to keep track of your accomplishments – both inside and outside of the office.

3) Maintain focus and think about the long term. Continue to prioritize your values and resist burnout by meditating, relaxing, and developing organizational strategies to help you work to your overall goal.

4) Use the tools and resources in our catalog to help greenify your office.