Celebrate Shoplet’s Birthday with a GREEN Office Makeover! (CLOSED)

  • Paulet

    I bring a reusable metal water bottle, when I travel or go to work. I also buy gently used secondhand products. like furniture, appliances, and other items. Plus, I use libraries instead of buying personal books and movies, and I share power tools and other appliances with my neighbors, to save money and related costs. I buy food in bulk and high-quality longer-lasting products and recycle electronic items, to save money and other costs, too.
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  • Malv

    I try to eat less meat, and add meatless meals to my diet, to reduce my expenses and related costs to the environment and my health.
    I buy locally raised, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever I can, for my health and the environment, and to help keep money in the our local economy.. I don’t use bottled water, either, and instead I use a water filter to purify my tap water, which helps cut costs and landfill waste.

  • Milt

    I plant drought-tolerant native plants in my garden, since many plants need minimal watering.
    We have many sidewalks and bike lanes here; so, I walk or bike to work to save on gas and parking costs, and to help my cardiovascular health and use calories.
    This definitely saves me money.

  • Marc

    I take shorter showers to reduce water use and help lower water and heating bills, plus, I installed a low-flow showerhead.
    And, I use faucet aerators on all my faucets, to help conserve heat and water and to keep water pressure high.

  • Aaron

    I unplug my appliances when I’m not using them, and I use a smart power strip that will sense when appliances are off and will cut down on energy drain.
    I also wash my clothes in cold water whenever possible, to save on the cost of heating the water, and use a drying rack or clothesline to save even more energy.

  • Rob

    I set my thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer; so, I can save on heating and cooling costs, and I
    install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when my older incandescent bulbs burn out.

  • Lily Kwan

    I try to recycle whenever possible.

  • We save our corn cobs & use them in the out house so we don’t buy store bought stuff to clean our behind, corn cob takes it all off & then some. Now this here is shore nuff the truth, iffin you don’t think so ask Ma she wont lie to you lest she been her makins again. Some Times I don’t know what to do with her & her still. She done went & blew the darn thing up bout six months ago. I found her down by the creek that’s where she landed, done burnt dang near all her hair off. Ceptin bout a hand full. And boy did it stink. Well I better sign off I done been chawin on yer ear long nuff.

  • Ellie

    we’re recycling as much as we can, no paper cups allowed, we’re drinking only fairtrade organic coffee & sugar and have plants on the desk

  • Brandy Williams

    We recycle everything.

  • Sher

    I’ve been recycling, using the squiggly bulbs (lol), shutting off lights when I do not need them, turning tv’s off, putting plastic up at the windows to keep drafts out and everything I can think of! Thank you!

  • Shawna O

    We recycle everything we can, use reusable products such lunch bags, containers, water bottles and we work hard to conserve water and electricity as much as we can.

  • Breanna Pollard

    We walk more than driving.

  • kim zais

    The steps we are taking are recycling and planting trees and also going paperless and doing things around the house like brushing our teeth without the water running and planting in our garden

  • Miriam Hernandez

    We use recyclable paper for printing purposes for school.

  • We’ve stopped printing at home completely!! It was tough at first, but with smart phones, it got a lot easier!

  • Laurie Host

    We homeschool so we have been green by using more online curriculum, printing on both sides of paper when we have to print something, recycling more, growing our own vegs, and vowing never to buy a plastic water bottle again.

  • Pat Wynn

    My son has a new job and needs to be able to work from home some. His birthday is June 2 and this would be a wonderful birthday present!

  • Ashley Pichon

    We installed solar on our camper, so we won’t have to plug in!

  • Sandra Moreau

    Wwe have gone green by pewtitioning my trash collector for a 2nd recycling container, as we make more recyclables than we do trash

  • Deb C

    We use organic fertilizers and water saving methods to grow some of our own vegetables and berries. You can’t get fresher than walking out in your yard and picking it and we know there are no pesticides or chemicals on the food.

  • Thresha Kilkenny

    We recycle everything (even created a recycling area with can crusher, bins, etc.). We use rain barrels to gather water for our plants and gardens. We conserve water and electricity whenever we can (turning off lights and using natural light, turning off water while brushing teeth, water conserving shower heads, etc.). We try to use digital coupons when possible, rather than printing. I line dry items sometimes rather than using the dryer, but during winter I try to do laundry on colder days to utilize the heat. Etc, etc. It’s not perfect, but we try to do our part wherever we see possible. :)

  • KenB

    Try to recycle everything we can, and have been switching all lightbulbs to LED to save energy.

  • Anna Pry

    we are reusing paper whenever we can and recycling it when we can’t use it any more

  • carol clark

    been recycling and going paperless with all our bills

  • Sonya Morris

    We have ditched the water bottles and started composting.

  • Teresa Organ

    I use refillable water bottles.

  • Toni B

    We’ve added taking metals to the scrapyard & taking old clothes to a donation box. Our goal is to throw away as little as possible.

  • Jen

    Loving the white! Actually no love them all, the white is just my favorite. So happy to see so many recycled products – good to see a finished product.

  • doug gerard

    we use energy saving lightbulbs

  • Steve Weber

    We use less water and we bought more energy efficient appliances.

  • rachael g

    I use paper everything.

  • Caleen Haun

    We bought a kit and built our own compost pile, and we cut down on how much garbage we throw away by half. We also use the compost and started growing our own vegetable garden.

  • Elle

    We barely use paper plates or cups anymore..and we always recycle.

  • Tina W

    We recycle but since we live in California we’re really focused on saving water: we keep the large jugs from cat litter and use it to save the water from the shower while the water heats up.

  • Lauren

    We walk to school instead of drive.

  • Mita

    We recycle everything

  • I have just been more conscious about what I buy. I try to look for items that are green, local and sustainable.

  • Paula Caudill

    We recycle everything that we can, and we mostly go paperless when possible.

  • latanya

    we stopped using plastic forks, knives, spoons, and plates and started using real dishes

  • Vickie Kulp

    I’ve tried to live green most of my life – 56 years. I can remember when I and my brother were children, our dad would drive to an area without much traffic. He’d park and all 3 of us would walk along the road picking up aluminum cans to recycle and get a little money for. I still recycle cans today. I also recycle a lot of paper. I have a box under my desk that junk mail, magazines, catalogs, etc is put in. I recycle everything I can. We have curbside recycling pick up weekly.

  • amanda sakovitz

    We recycle much more than we used to.

  • Rust

    I compost, recycle, and repurpose.

  • Gina Rock

    I live in Oregon so it’s been second nature to me since I was a child to reduce, reuse and recycle. I try to buy items with less packaging, I reuse bags, bottles\, clothes. Whatever I can possibly reuse. I recycle everything. We have mixed recycling where I live, so it’s easy. Most everything goes in the same recycling bin.

  • Debbie Morlock

    I recycle all paper, cardboard, plastic, plastic bags, aluminum and glass. I have changed out all light bulbs to LED high efficiency, in my office, as well as the 7 houses that we use for summer employees. I use natural products for cleaning and medicinal purposes, and utilize live plants to improve the atmosphere. I repurpose old file folders, notebooks and dividers and NEVER use styrofoam.

    We go paperless as much as possible, and have two hybrid vehicles that we have leased for travel between our two district offices.

    In addition, we regularly educate and inform the public and our employees about conservation and protection of natural and cultural resources here at Assateague Island.

  • LeeAnn P

    We recycle everything! seriously our recycle is about 4x the volume of our garbage and that’s not much at all. We try to limit purchases with any packaging at all.

  • ann

    we recycle, we also grow own herbs, compost, gelp the neighbors who raise chickens, they share eggs.

  • e

    we use a lot less paper in the office and do a lot more scanning of documents

  • Sheryl SoRelle

    We hang out the laundry wherever possible. I bake bread every weekend. The only electrical usually involved in this is the oven to bake it. I do everything else by hand.

  • Alannah Linton

    We recycle, purchase used items as often as we can, donate items we no longer use, turn lights off when leaving rooms, running the dishwasher only when full, using the slow cooker instead of the oven, and I am sure we do other things that I can not think of right now.
    We have also started a garden.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    We have been paperless and recycle for awhile.Nice giveaway!

  • linda

    we recycle!

  • Nicole Shaffer

    We are going green by reducing waste and reusing things

  • Heather Carter

    WE have been composting, cloth diapering, using clothes line to dry clothes when possible- growing a lot of our own food, recycling, upcycling and reUsing when possible. I consider our family to be one of the greenest in town :)

  • DailyWoman (Lacey)

    We tried the newspaper under the mulch idea.

  • Holly M.

    Unfortunately going paperless at my office is not an option yet but we have started using recycling bins and started scrap paper piles to reuse for testing out our equipment (we sell paper handling equipment)

  • Breanna Pollard

    Going paperless has been amazing,

  • Kirsten

    Ever since the seventies when my dad took up making granola at the local co-op, showing me how wasteful it was not to reuse containers, and celebrating the first Earth Day… We try to implement every way of recycling, reusing things and donating over trashi.

  • Angela C.

    Growing a veggie and fruit garden. Thank you for the chance.

  • As far as a greener life go’s we save our grass clippings & leaves in the fall & mix in our leftovers from the table & make our own potting soil. We try & buy local, that saves on fuel. And we don’t burn lights just to see them burn, turn them off if there not in use. Oh! and the dogs poo goes in the potting soil as well.

  • Kristy Wolfgang

    I am trying to go paperless and recycle more

  • Great article! I like the “White Affair” grouping the best. I LOVE how the furniture is made from recycled materials – i re-use 99% of boxes and their packing materials when I recieve an item in the mail. I also use junk-mail as my packing materials when I ship items. If we all do our part, this world will be a better place and we will leave less of a footprint – which is so important.

  • Great article! I like the White Collection best – love that chair!

  • prasert

    we’ve been trying to use ecofriendly products like water saving showerheads and toilet pumps. Recycling is also really big in our household

  • I’ve been organizing my office area and took old papers and shredded them to put in out compost pile, and also have incorporated more plants into our living area. This would be amazing to win my office needs a new desk, chair and wall decor! Thanks for the chance!

  • Donna

    We have gotten really big on recycling

  • Rita A

    Going paperless on most all bills. Recycling as much as possible!

  • Ephraim

    I’ve been going green by recycling, going paperless & getting reusable bags for the market. I’m also thinking of getting an electric or hybrid car in the near future!

  • Jennifer P

    I recycle all I can, reuse everything possible, use my own bags at the stores, and try not to buy items in plastic or containers that would end up in the garbage and not able to break down safely whenever possible.

  • Ivan McKinnon

    I Practice Sustainable Agriculture.

  • Christine Labelle

    We have been recycling more.

  • Tina

    I reuse plastic bags

  • Kaylin Bruce

    Been going GREEN by reusing and recycling as much as possible.

  • kim s

    We’ve been recycling!

  • Barbara Sluppick

    By recycling and using reusable shopping bags. Also making things out of old plastic shopping bags.

  • LYN WILLIAMS

    Recycle

  • Julie

    Recycling and conserving water have been our most consistent green moves

  • Kelli A

    Recycling, composting, growing a garden.

  • Joan Leonard

    the universe weeps for the human race lets get back to being mankind and save our selfs and the planet

  • Daniela

    We’ve been using refillable water bottles and we recycle often.

  • Ada Miller

    I’ve been recycling but that’s something I have always done. We are also growing our own vegetables and looking into other ways to recycle.

  • christopher h

    I’ve been recycling as much as possible

  • We use our own water bottles for any outings and for school for the kids.

    • Would love this one! Collection 3: Chief Executive
      The desk and filing cabinet are actually needed!

  • Kerri Stewart

    My daughters call me the “Bag Lady” because I carry reusable shopping bags with me wherever I go. Which is a good thing because now they do, too!

  • Lisa L.

    I remember watching the cartoon Captain Planet growing up and ever since I’ve always tried to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
    Of course I have energy efficient lighting and try to recycle as much as I can. I’m sure I do other stuff too… but that’s what it’s on the top of my head.

  • cris

    recycling, opening up windows instead of using fans/ac

  • Ann

    We try to bike when we can or use public transportation more. It’s hard but we’re doing our best to reduce our gas usage.

    Attempting to use less heating and cooling in our household.

    Using water filters and reusable water bottles

  • Colleen F

    Recycle, recycle, recycle… paper, plastic, and reusable containers for lunch and water

  • Colleen F

    Recycle, recycle, recycle… paper, plastic, and reusable containers for lunch and water

  • Shelton

    I’m recycling my coffee grounds. I read you can take equal amounts of grounds and water mixed together and make fertilizer for your plants. Apply once a week. No petroleum ingredients here.

  • Ali Celestino

    My family has been recycling using reusable grocery bags, and we only purchase remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. Buying in bulk also saves money and helps reduce waste! We also purchase concentrate dish and laundry soap! Unplugging everything and making sure all lights are off before we leave the house.

  • Julie

    We’ve been using refillable water bottles and eco friendly products!

  • We recycle & upcycle all the time! Also buy recycled products or products w recycled packaging whenever possible!

  • Nicole Henry

    We try to stay Green by reusing as much as we can. I like to use my larger juice bottles for bird seed scoops (bottom half for scooping, top half for the funnel). We compost as much as possible. Love the freshness for my flower beds and garden! I love getting the kids involved with as much as I can too. Picking up litter, showing them things they can repurpose and teaching them to garden, so not to depend on others.

  • Samantha

    We have been going green this year by composting, recycling our newspapers and trying to use more glass bottles instead of plastic.

  • marie

    we’re really big on recycling and using eco friendly products at home (like water saving products :)

  • Mike S.

    I print almost nothing any more. We reuse everything we can and buy recycled products when possible. Basically just the common sense stuff.

  • Jennah Jackson

    We try and reuse or eecyle anything we can… We’ve also switched to LED eco bulbs throughout our house… We love having our own garden so we can be productive in our own health and its nice to be one with mother nature ;-)

  • jeevon kay

    We have a little garden in our backyard where we plant veggies and fruits. We also use reusable bags whenever we go shopping

  • Sarah Oswald

    We recycle anything we can think of and I try to use stuff that I would thrown out before in my crafts. We buy thing that are made out of recycled material or material that is easy to decompose in the trash.

  • Angela Saver

    We are going green this year by recycling, using reusable water bottles, using reusable shopping bags when grocery shopping & we also make most of our own cleaning products with items such as vinegar, baking soda & Castile soap.

  • Arica Hutchins

    We are def doing the obvious by recycling. We also do a tremendous amount of upcycling as well. We try to find purpose for everything. I even have my young children in on it. We keep juices and the kids make bookbags and pencil totes… Lunchboxes… Large totes. We also make braided magazine paper totes. We donate them to the firehouse for children who need school supplies. Or to the help house for families in need. We garden. We use recycled paper and baggies. Which i higy recommend investing into reusable baggies. We also cut up plastics so it could never hurt the animals. We try to do our part in helping and loving the earth that loves us!!! Thk u for allowing me this chance to keep doing better

  • Jessica

    I have been more cautious about what I buy from cleaning supplies, Office supplies, to our food! I try to buy only what benefits a greener lifestyle.

  • Carolyn Barnett

    recycling trash and eating all natural

  • Sheila Vives

    Going Green for me starts in the office where I use an energy efficient laptop. Instead of throwing away printed copies, I cut discarded paper into rectangles and squares and re-use available writing surface space for notes. I only use lights when needed, and when they are not needed they are turned off. I open the windows for natural sunlight. I use a ceiling fan for cooling instead of the A/C. In the kitchen and bath, I recycle or re-purpose plastics and glass. In the laundry, I wash only in cold water, and dry on the coolest setting possible. I minimize the use of gasoline in my automobile by planning trips efficiently and stocking up on needed items so I don’t have to make as many trips. I am also doing more shopping online, ordering needed items rather than driving from store to store. I am saving, money, energy, and time, and reducing the use of our earth’s resources.

  • Cheryl

    We recycle and reuse extensively, and try to be conservative about almost everything.

  • Kathy

    I have a recycle bin for my paper after it has been shredded and use a reusable water bottle

  • Maryann D.

    I have been going green by recycling, eating organic and donating items when possible.

  • Tyneisha

    Our first big step was to go paperless everywhere we could from digitizing invoices to eliminating packing slips in our shipments. Our lighting has been converted to LED bulbs and anything that is not in use gets not only turned off but also unplugged. Recycling is huge for us too, from leftover copper wire to aluminum and more, we try to find a better use for it than just tossing it away. The reusable shopping bags really come in handy when we buy supplies in-store. Making changes was tricky at first because you have your set habits, but after a while it became second nature! So we not only get to go green and do good by the environment, we make our business run more efficiently which helps us grow. It’s a win-win!

  • phl

    I compost, recycle, and use a metal water bottle. I also walk almost everywhere.

  • Naomie

    We’ve been recycling aluminum and plastics. As well as eliminating plastic bag uses.

  • Elisabeth

    I’ve stopped using plastic bags when I make purchases. I either bring my own bags, or if it’s just a few items I carry them.

  • Susan

    We recycle everything we can!

  • Jennooo

    Using a refillable water bottle

  • Geri

    We recycle and we’re composting.

  • Donna Kozar

    We recycle

  • Katie C

    We’ve been recycling really religiously.

  • Margot C

    I am virtually paperless, or rather paper is reserved for only the important things like drawing, sending personal letters or making lovely signs. I am also the composting queen right here in the middle of the suburbs (It’s not that hard really). My compost is pretty fantastic too since it is at least 50% coffee grounds.