The first Earth Day occurred 47 years ago on April 22, 1970! Earth Day was established by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who believed in taking care of the earth. For many people who care for the environment, Earth Day is an opportunity to join in a nationwide effort to protect our planet. If everyone did something, we could all contribute to saving our environment. Half Price Books fully believes in reducing and reusing, and we hope you do, too. As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day this year, read on to discover our top tips for going green!
One of the first things you can do to save energy is to switch out your old light bulbs. If every U.S. home swapped out one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), we’d save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes each year! Another great way you can help save energy is by putting your computers to sleep. Activating “sleep mode” on just one computer can prevent roughly 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions a year! Want to save even more energy? Unplug your electronics. When you’re not using your electronics or are done charging up your items, unplug them to conserve electricity.
At Half Price Books, saving energy is part of our day-to-day operations. We contract with green energy companies like Green Mountain Energy Company, which provides pollution-free wind energy for 31 of our stores and other facilities in Texas. We have also installed light- and heat-repellent window tints in our stores, which allows them to be eligible for energy code rebates.
Water conservation is an extremely important aspect of going green for Earth Day. Be sure to fix any water leaks or drips. If you fix a leaking toilet, it’s possible you could save 200 gallons of water every single day. Also, consider going vegetarian once a week. Did you know that it takes about 2500 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef? Water your garden and other plants around the home during the time of day when there will be the least amount of evaporation, such as early in the morning or late in the evening. More great ways to save water are to take shorter showers, use full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine and don’t leave water running while brushing your teeth, washing dishes or shaving! Half Price Books stores feature low-flow power-assisted toilets so that we do our part to conserve water as well.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Want to know a great way to reduce your trash? Begin composting! Composting organic waste can reduce the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides. Reduce your consumption of plastics by using reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones. Focus on purchasing items that don’t have a lot of plastic packaging.
Reusing items is another great way to help the environment. Even if you’re done with them, someone else might want your used items. That’s the Half Price Books philosophy! Learn more about how to sell to Half Price Books.
Finally, keep unwanted items out of landfills by recycling them. By striving to reuse, recycle and resell resources, Half Price Books helps keep books out of landfills. We also encourage customers to decline a bag or use reusable tote bags when they checkout in-store, and we offer plastic bags for customer’s purchases that are made of post-consumer waste and contain no lead paint. Since 2014, our gift cards have been made from up to 30% recycled paper. In addition, Half Price Books prints all company stationery and marketing materials on 100% recycled paper that is manufactured at a carbon-neutral mill using wind-power and we purchase many recycled office supply products for office needs. Each store is constructed with 100% recyclable carpet as well as environmentally-sensitive paints and other materials.
This Earth Day, think of simple and easy ways to do your part to go green and give back to the environment. Spend the day with friends and family on projects that will specifically benefit the planet long-term, like planting trees or creating a way for you to compost. Or maybe instead you’d like to focus on landscaping your yard to be earth-friendly by passing on grass to save on water and to reduce the amount of fertilizer pollutant in waterways. If you’re tidying your house and you find books, music or movies you don’t want anymore, stop by your local Half Price Books and sell them to us. And while you’re there, don’t forget to purchase something used!
Katy is the Promotions Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.