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Today is Earth day and its all over the news and the blogs.

I think it’s a little funny that it takes a special holiday for some people to think about saving our planet. Why can’t everyone save the planet every day? It seems like being eco friendly is becoming more of a mainstream idea lately and I think that’s great!

So, instead of me telling you what I’m doing today to save the planet, I thought I would tell you what Worldstart has been doing every day to lower our impact on the environment.

As a .com company and an online store, we have some unique opportunities to to cut back our eco impact on a daily basis. One of the ways that we have been doing this is by reducing the amount of paper that we waste.

If you have ordered from our online store in the past, you may have noticed that we don’t mail invoices with our packages. When you order from us, you receive an email with your invoice and your package is shipped with only a shipping label on the front.

Worldstart ships thousands of packages a year. By not shipping invoices with our orders, we do our part in stopping the destruction of forests for the making of paper. We also reduce the overall cost of shipping a package and pass that savings on to you.

Another thing you may have noticed is that many of our software titles are shipped as “cd only”. We work with our suppliers and publishers to receive our products with as little packaging as possible. From the way we see it, there is no point in having all of that packaging when really all you need is the disk. If the packaging is not necessary with a product, we would rather not have it produced for us.  Again, reducing our impact on the planet.

On top of our packaging efforts, we also do the normal stuff that you would expect from nearly everyone these days. This includes recycling any cardboard and paper products that we do use and shutting down all un-necessary computer systems during non-business hours.

As you can see, there are a lot of little things that can be done to save the planet on a daily basis. Now, let me ask you. What are you doing on earth day (or any day) to help save our planet for the future?

~Gary

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8 Responses to “Saving The Earth, One Piece of Paper At a Time”

  1. Sharon G. says:

    We no longer print our banking out everyday, just once a week. “We go on line and check our banking each day, to make sure all is okay”.

    I am now reading books on my iPhone, and hope to get a Nook soon, by June anyway, “for a BD present”. We use cloth bags for shopping. And we try to do what we can as we can.

  2. Cherie Fruge says:

    I don’t ever print my banking out, and I try to do as much as I can for the Earth, too!

  3. Shirley says:

    I crochet Tote bags from the grocery bags..Take over 100 to make a tote and when I sell them all the money goes into my youngest granddaughters (15) college fund…
    Just think of all the plastic bags that will never see a landfill…
    They make a wonderful tote that is washable…..

  4. Sharon G. says:

    Below as an added note to this Blog.is site where we can all who like to garden or know someone who does how to use news paper to make pots for planting. and did you know news paper is good for the soil and helps keep the soil moist, saving water. Shred it in a shredder and save it for tuning in the soil in the late fall, waiting sor sping planting?

    http://www.noordinaryhomestead.com/?p=2668

  5. Evelyn says:

    Thumbs up, Sharon. I too garden and use paper for moisture in the soil. Another tip you didn’t mention is those important papers you run through the shreding machine are a God send for a bed for your potatoes to winter in. Old outdated CDs and scratched beyond repare DVDs are great to hang around your garden to keep birds from eating on your tender plants and seeds and to keep squrrels and rabbits out of your garden. Being that they glisten in the sun and turn at the slightest breeze you don’t have to keep moving them to keep the birds and varments from getting use to the movement of other objects. There are so many ways one can use just about everything again and again. All it takes is imagination and glue. Thank you Mother Nature for being so good to us and may we all be as good to Mother Earth as she has been to us.

  6. Simon says:

    Thumbs up, Sharon. I too garden and use paper for moisture in the soil. Another tip you didn’t mention is those important papers you run through the shreding machine are a God send for a bed for your potatoes to winter in. Old outdated CDs and scratched beyond repare DVDs are great to hang around your garden to keep birds from eating on your tender plants and seeds and to keep squrrels and rabbits out of your garden. Being that they glisten in the sun and turn at the slightest breeze you don’t have to keep moving them to keep the birds and varments from getting use to the movement of other objects. There are so many ways one can use just about everything again and again. All it takes is imagination and glue. Thank you Mother Nature for being so good to us and may we all be as good to Mother Earth as she has been to us.

  7. Lee says:

    Thumbs up, Sharon. I too garden and use paper for moisture in the soil. Another tip you didn’t mention is those important papers you run through the shreding machine are a God send for a bed for your potatoes to winter in. Old outdated CDs and scratched beyond repare DVDs are great to hang around your garden to keep birds from eating on your tender plants and seeds and to keep squrrels and rabbits out of your garden. Being that they glisten in the sun and turn at the slightest breeze you don’t have to keep moving them to keep the birds and varments from getting use to the movement of other objects. There are so many ways one can use just about everything again and again. All it takes is imagination and glue. Thank you Mother Nature for being so good to us and may we all be as good to Mother Earth as she has been to us.

  8. MarkSpizer says:

    great post as usual!

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