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Single-Use Plastic Alternatives by Wendy Barnes Design

How to Remember to Use Your Reusable Straw!

How to Remember to Use Your Reusable Straw!
Saying 'No Straw Please' is one of the most empowering sustainability movement phrases of the decade. The trouble is, many times we forget to say it before a disposable straw is plopped down in front of us. From that point, the environmental dilemma ensues: Continue reading

Are You a Conscious Consumer? Here Are Three Ways You Can Be.

Are You a Conscious Consumer? Here Are Three Ways You Can Be.
Plastic pollution has poisoned our planet. If we care about our environment and wildlife, we need to make every individual effort to correct this. Yes, we care about ourselves but I cannot help but put the things that are affected by human actions by no fault of their own first. Wildlife and critical habitats are human's babies- they are directly affected by our choices and for the most part, cannot live independently of us.  Continue reading

Why You Need Another Reusable Shopping Tote

Why You Need Another Reusable Shopping Tote

If you are like me, you have enough reusable bags at this point to fill up a bus with groceries (by the way, cheers to us! You are most welcome, planet). This continues to work out for me though as I either forget to put my bags back in the car, back in my purse or am just plain forgetful- I have them everywhere to assist me in making the right choice when I shop. Why do I need one more?

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Nature's Commercial Tenants

Nature's Commercial Tenants

As a business, how do you justify the space you rent?  Your widget alone is simply not good enough anymore in the eyes of countless educated consumers.  What else are you doing?  What makes you stand apart from your competitors and how are you practicing environmental good?

 We share this planet with wildlife and we both rent the space from nature.  Animals do a much better job at caring for their spaces.  Humans, comparatively, are horrible tenants.  Much of this is ignorance and complacency and can be changed- as long as we are willing to do better.

 Opportunities to connect with and appreciate wildlife and nature present themselves daily.  How are you noticing or responding?  Is an entirely man-made world the goal?  Would we not miss the wildlife element?  For goodness sake, what would be the subject matter for all those baby books if giraffes and dolphins were gone?

Preparing for Hurricane Matthew in Florida reaffirmed my perspective.  Days before the storm hit, our family dog was lethargic, skiddish and withdrawn.  Before any wind or rain friends were posting pictures of snakes crawling to the top of signs and buildings for higher ground.  On our way out of town, still before any storming, we passed multiple herds of cattle- all laying down.

 The animals were totally in tune with the storm.  Are we in tune?

Imagine if each business was expected to "adopt" one wildlife species and contributed to its well-being as part of their philanthropic portfolio.  Like a badge of honor or a mascot, each business would achieve a new level of respect by being known for their associated animal and the support they are providing.  Better yet, what if this was the same species their development may have affected and/or displaced?  Development will not stop- development is a version of fit survival.  But we have a debt to nature that we all need to respect.  Let's redefine our necessity for growth as being synonymous with indebtedness to nature.

Wendy Barnes Design is a catalyst connecting conservation causes to everyday experiences through bespoke wildlife interiors resulting in awareness and action. Join the Environmental Good newsletter to learn about the First Fifty Causes Campaign and more at www.wendybarnesdesign.com

 

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