From the desk of Sarah J. Rogers…
With Earth Day on the not-so-distant horizon, it’s easy to start feeling motivated to make better decisions, to have better practices, to be considerate to the earth……… but what about the rest of the year? We have become so gung ho on holidays that the anticipation and arrival of specific days become the epicentres of our focus – creating a great discontinuity. Though Earth Day is indeed coming and though WE LOVE EARTH DAY, I thought I would remind you of some of the practical ways that you can make small changes in your home and in your life. These may seem overwhelming en masse, but if you consider what you can do, choose wisely, and start small, you can inspire other people to do the same – and that is a huge part of what OMBE is all about.
To start, I’ll remind you of some of the practices OMBE has in place – many of which are relevant to your own personal lives outside of a business-setting:
-choose products based on green reviews / ingredients lists / earth-friendly practices / and proximity (we know sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two not so hot choices – but CONSIDERING your choices is key)
-encourage vendors to use BPA free receipt paper: a good way to encourage – simply ask “is your receipt paper BPA free?”
-Consider the words: Paraben free, biodegradable, fair-trade, local, organic, phosphate-free, renewable
-use recycled and post-consumer waste paper instead of brand new paper
-use post-consumer waste paper towels or, better yet, cloth towels when you can
-print on both sides of your paper
-high efficiency flush toilets
-aerators in faucets
-recycle and/or refill your ink cartridges
-recycle old CFLs and electronic equipment
-when having something shipped to you, ask for minimal packaging
-use light dimmers
-set thermostats to 76+ for cooling and 68 or below for heating
-keep refrigerator at a middle-to-low setting instead of at its coldest setting
-use floor fans and space heaters
-insulate windows to reduce need for the use of heat
-use compact fluorescents
-unplug things that aren’t being used
-use public transportation, carpool, walk or ride a bike
-use non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products
-get regular inspections to avoid large-cost maintenance issues that can also be high consumers of energy
Remember, you can always do something, however small. Bringing your own coffee cup instead of taking a to-go cup, reusing the back of paper, taking your own reusable grocery bags, being a conscious recycler and minimizing your trash: these are only a few simple things you can do to make your life a more sustainable-oriented life. OMBE is happy to share this goal with its clients and encourages everyone to take a step to improve your relationship with this whole “being green” concept. We aim to make it a lifestyle instead of a fad and would LOVE to know your ideas for how you make your life more “green.” Email us and tell us your green action plan.
Sarah J. Rogers, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Sarah J. Rogers is a licensed massage therapist who received her training at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on the mind-body relationship and the usefulness of this connection not only for healing, but also for seeking balance in everyday life. Sarah brings her experience as an athlete and her compassion for mind-body health to her practice, inspiring growth and comfort in her clients. Along with massage, Sarah is now offering Active Isolated Stretching which can be done alone or in tandem with massage therapy. Employing techniques focusing on relaxation, neuromuscular therapy, stretching, myofascial release, and overall balance, Sarah will work with you to develop a treatment style that suits your needs.
“Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul and good for either is the work of the other.” -Henry David Thoreau.
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