Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and we love a holiday that celebrates going green!
Here at Ambre Blends, we are dedicated to being a green business. Not only does it create a healthy environment for our employees and customers, but it helps leads the way for social change. There are several things we do at the Ambre Blends Disco Hut to be a more sustainable, environmentally-conscious company…
Not only are we green at the office, but our staff goes green at home, too! Here’s how we’re celebrating Earth Day this weekend:
“I’m planting all my vegetables in my garden for Earth Day, and I’m also getting a lesson in how to properly compost. I’m deterring to master composting this year!”
“This year, we’re going to a local nursery to purchase a tree we can plant in our yard.”
“On Earth Day weekend each year, I plant a milkweed plant for butterflies, monarchs specifically. I have about seven in my yard now.”
“I had solar panels installed on my house for Earth Day. I’m looking forward to seeing what the sun can do!”
“I come from a family of tree-huggers, and on Earth Day we plant trees on our family farm for generations to enjoy.”
“I bought a battery-powered lawn mower and weed eater to honor Mother Earth and limit my carbon footprint.”
Here at Ambre Blends, we are dedicated to being a green business. When we moved into our current building, we knew we wanted to do more to be green. Not only does it create a healthy environment for our employees and customers, but it helps leads the way for social change. Here are few ways we try to be a more sustainable, environmentally-conscious company.
Does your office have a water cooler? In our office, we use Bottle Free Indy to keep us hydrated and happy. These bottle-free water coolers provide us with three different temperatures for one low monthly cost, which is easy for both us and the planet. Plastic water jugs used by water delivery companies often contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound that has been linked to health issues. With bottle-free, we don’t have to worry about our health and the quality of our drinking water.
Ambre Blends also participates in IPL’s Green Power option to support environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources. What that means is that 100% of our electricity use is to be generated by renewable sources such as Indiana wind farms. If nature is making it, why shouldn’t we use this sustainable energy source? This, in turn, reduces our reliance on fossil-fueled power. IPL’s Green Power is available to both residential and commercial customers.
In addition to IPL’s Green Power, we use all LED lighting at the Ambre Blends Disco Hut. To make sure lights aren’t kept on, we use light timers and occupancy sensors to reduce electrical usage.
When it comes to printing and packaging, we have been printing all of our marketing material on FSC certified paper. You might notice the FSC-Certified stamp on our materials, which stands for Forest Stewardship Council. The Forest Stewardship Council certification gives customers the option to choose forest products like paper and wood that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner. Our fill paper is 100% recycled and all of our packaging is curbside recyclable, biodegradable renewable.
Our packaging is recyclable and uses biodegradable materials to keep your products safe while they travel to you. We use a patented machine called Geami to package our orders. The Geami uses environmentally friendly paper through a patented process to protect items from damages.
Speaking of recycling, we practice what we preach in-house as well. We recycle on a five-to-one basis, meaning that we only go through one bag of trash for every five bags of recycling at the Ambre Blends Disco Hut. In addition, we also recycle and reuse all packaging materials sent to us!
We have created refill bottles for your favorite Ambre Blends products to not only save you money but to help save the environment. For example, we sell 30ml refill bottles of our Oil Essences to refill your 10ml roll-ons. You save more than 15% when you buy a 30ml bottle and have less waste than buying three 10 ml roll-ons. You can purchase the larger refill bottles in the Body Cream and Spritzers as well.
Using green business practices can help us prevent the waste of natural resources, reduce our ecological footprint, improve our health and even save you money in the long run. Green business is smart business. Do you practice corporate social responsibility?
“Going green” can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the little changes you can make in your life to do your part in helping the environment. Did you know that the average home contains up to 25 gallons of toxic chemicals, many of which are in store-bought cleaners? Replacing some products that you commonly use with green alternatives is easier than you think!
For example, do you take reusable grocery bags with you to the store? Think of how many plastic bags they send you home with for your food. Instead, keep a few reusable bags in your car to do your part in going “bagless.” Or how about using cloth napkins at home instead of paper?
Cleaning products are often full of harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or health. The EPA estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air due in part to chemicals found in many household cleaners and air fresheners. Make your cleaning products using eco-friendly ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, tea tree oil and washing powder.
Going green isn’t only about the products that you buy and use, it’s about your home habits. Try opening the blinds and letting in natural sunlight. You can save energy during the day by not keeping lights on when you use the sun’s free light. And as a winter bonus, 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you let sun in during the day. While we’re talking about sunlight, did you know that having your refrigerator in the sunlight will force it to work harder to stay cool? Move it into the shade to save some energy.
If you really want to take going green literally, improve the air quality in your home by growing houseplants. A spider plant in the bathroom will help purify the air. Outdoors, you can protect your local environment by planting plants that are native to your area. If you have a garden, try setting up a rain barrel to water your plants.
What are your favorite ways to go green? We love learning about new green alternatives!