When I began my career in public relations, I never thought I’d be working on sustainability initiatives for McDonald’s. In fact, it was the complete opposite. Think Samantha from “Sex and the City” meets Meryl Streep from the “Devil Wears Prada.” Working on the McDonald’s account taught me about the correlations between menu items and sustainable ingredients such as the Filet-O-Fish coming from verifiable sustainable sources, fresh beef patties and healthier options for a kid’s Happy Meal. The McDonald’s team changed me both personally and professionally.
Lately, I have been more green than usual. One of my favorite things to do is buy four or five cases of water per month from Sam’s Club. When I moved to New York, there wasn’t a Sam’s Club within walking distance and I damn sure wasn’t about to pay Uber $45 just to buy something that I can get from the faucet free of charge. I adapted to my environment and started refilling old Apple Juice bottles with water. At work, I bought recyclable cups from a local Starbucks and used it every time I needed to quench my thirst. When I ordered food from a nearby restaurant, I’d wash out the container and use it for left overs.
I became sustainable without trying. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was never one of those people separating my plastics from the cans, paper or landfill. It happened by accident. I’m more conscious of what I eat, drink, keep and discard than I’ve ever been before though. Choosing to donate when there are clothes that I’m no longer wearing and trying hard to reframe from items with one-use only.
The truth is that I love contributing to the green print no matter how small or insignificant my efforts might be. It feels good to recycle and cut down on the amount of waste that goes into landfills.
What are you doing to contribute to a greener planet?