Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Earth Day: It’s a day recognized each year as a time to consider our impact on the environment and how we use our natural resources. It’s also a day to take action in response to that impact by planting trees, picking up garbage, and learning how to reduce our carbon footprint in order to extend the life of what’s around us. Aside from advocating for change, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the place we call home as well — by visiting parks, going on hikes, and simply getting outdoors.
How and when did the initiative start? A huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in January 1969 served as a wake-up call regarding the matter, as it was the third-largest oil spill in United States water. It played a major role in prompting U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to expand his previous efforts to address national environmental concerns. After contacting both local and national leaders — those in the public as opposed to politicians — Nelson got more than 20 million people involved for the first recognized Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
Raining Rose is a passionate supporter of Earth Day involvement, and we also believe in making eco-friendly decisions all throughout the year as it relates to how we conduct our business. We genuinely aim to be as friendly to the earth as we can, which is why we use product containers that have a low impact on the environment. For example, our lip balm tubes and caps are made with post-industrial resin (PIR) material. This material is a combination of recycled polypropylene resins that requires less energy to produce and creates a smaller amount of plastic waste.
In addition to recycled materials, our products can be reused! In particular, customers can reuse our tottle and 1 oz. containers, which hold our hand sanitizer, lotion, and sunscreen products. Once the product is gone, these containers can be refilled with more hand sanitizer, lotion, or sunscreen — and even shampoo or conditioner, making it perfect for traveling. Another item that can be reused is our aluminum lip balm tin, which could hold balm products like petroleum jelly once empty. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity to determine how you can reuse items even before recycling them.
“End Plastic Pollution” is this year’s Earth Day theme, and there are plenty of ways to get involved, whether you’re an individual, organization, educator, or business. Check out www.earthday.org to find the details! You can also visit www.epa.gov/recycle to learn how you can make “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” a practical part of your everyday life.