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Earth Day 2010 at Rubbermaid

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Here at Rubbermaid, this Earth Day has been really exciting! Fellow blogger Shannon Joyner is heading up a new group of people here that are passionate about the planet… We call ourselves the Green Team! Obviously, this is a big day for us, and we are celebrating in several ways:

We're hosting a Chuck the Cup Day
Don't be caught with a disposable cup! We're encouraging everyone here to use their own coffee mug or Rubbermaid water bottle instead of a disposable cup. Reducing waste is a pretty snazzy way to celebrate Earth Day, eh? 

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(If this poster looks familiar, its because Brianna M., accomplished Industrial Designer, was so inspired by the Starbucks signage that she borrowed the look from it, to create the interoffice poster for the Chuck the Cup event (once again, Starbucks not only provides good coffee, but inspiring design!)  

Today also, prizes are being randomly awarded for being caught in a Green Act  (recycling or using a water bottle or coffee mug instead of the disposable cups… the Green Team is on the move.. they are everywhere… look out!)

We are having a Sustainability Video viewing (helping communicate the idea of sustainability and how everyone can be do small things to make a big impact)

Today is the premier of Battery Recycling receptacles in our building (which ROCKS, because those babies have a crazy long life after you toss them, and our normal recycling centers do not take them. Now we will have an easy way to recycle batteries)

AND we created new signage that we posted around the building! (Gooooo Design!) These communications promote recycling, communicate green messages and encourage everyone do their part. Obviously, this step is the closest to my heart, since I worked on them :) . As a designer, I strongly believe in the power of design to provoke change. Hopefully, this is a good start as our Green Team grows and continues to help make this world a better place for all of us.

Happy Earth Day from all of us at Rubbermaid!

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7 Responses to Earth Day 2010 at Rubbermaid

  1. Aleigh @ Goodwill April 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Great post! We may have to do something like this at Goodwill next year…

  2. Ashley April 23, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    does Rubbermaid have a biodegradable storage container? They should. I can’t say I’m doing anything special to observe the holiday. I took stuff out to the compost pile?

  3. Sam Aron April 23, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    You’re totally right, Megan, the battery part IS exciting! Thanks for the comments :)

  4. Sam Aron April 23, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    No worries! You can start a recycling program ANY DAY of the year, sir. Get on it and lead the charge at your workplace. :)

  5. Megan G April 23, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Hooray for Earth Day (and good design)! Big props especially for the battery recycling. Finding places to recycle batteries is WAY too hard in my opinion, and I know I will be using the bins to drop off my old batteries, and hopefully a lot of other people will take advantage of it too. Batteries and their crazy long life span (as you put it!) are so TEEEEERRRIIIBBLLLE to throw away in the regular garbage, so I’m particularly excited about this! …..but all the other stuff is awesome too :)

  6. drew April 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    easy find lids
    Are they here?
    @Makesense10

  7. Chris H April 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Nice one. I should start something like that here at our place. I forgot that it was today.

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