This past weekend at HarborFest I kept seeing people drop cigarettes, stamp them out, and walk away. I had to resist the urge to yell out, “One cigarette butt can contaminate 2 gallons of water! We’re right on the dock man!” I must confess that since becoming involved with askhrgreen.org my brain pings little environmental action cues more often than ever before. Take a refillable water bottle with you on the go. Pick up that litter. Grab your cloth grocery bags. It seems just receiving the information can help us begin to make changes. I think many cigarette droppers would say they probably do care about the environment but never knew about the impact that tiny item has.
That’s why I got excited when my cubicle buddy Michele showed me Recyclebank. The website is all about gaining knowledge, making small changes, and making a difference. Oh, and REWARDS POINTS!!! Yep. You can earn rewards for taking quizzes, reading articles, making pledges, and taking actions. Hello Macy’s coupon! Many of the pledges, for example, relate to small things we can do but maybe don’t think about at home like unplugging chargers or printing on both sides of paper. So hop on over, learn something new, and get some discounts at your favorite retailers. Hint – there’s an interesting video on the lifecycle of the cereal box that’ll earn you 25 points.