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Better Gifts for a Better Planet: How to Be More Sustainable

We talk about sustainability a lot.

Hey, our planet is pretty important - it’s the only one we have! Sure, we’ve kicked around settling on the moon or Mars, but they don’t have trees and streams and stuff. We like those. 

There are plenty of ways to be gentler on the planet on an individual basis, including: 

  • Carpooling, taking public transit, biking, or walking to work - even just one day a week
  • Ramping up your showers to super speed
  • Line drying half of your laundry (planet-friendly bonus: your clothes will hold up for longer)
  • Being aware of purchasing products that use less packaging when you’re at the grocery store (health bonus: you’ll eat healthier foods)
  • Always have a reusable grocery bag with you (or carrying your grocery load in your arms like a pro if you forgot one)
  • Repairing clothes before rebuying
  • Do trade-ins of older items with companies that upcycle outdoor clothing or gear (like Worn Wear by Patagonia)
  • Choosing to order sustainable corporate gifts that last a long time and will be used over and over again

Individual participation does help. However, truly significant change happens when policies are put into action and businesses are held accountable for the large collective impacts that they make on the planet. 

We are taking the lead on providing eco-friendly corporate gifts and selecting intentional items to offer that will be loved and used repeatedly (and not end up in a landfill). 

Here are some other ways we are paving the way for more sustainable corporate gifting: 

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We joined 1% for the Planet.

1% for the Planet is a membership community that connects the world’s most sustainable brands and businesses with customers who want to invest in a better tomorrow. When you recognize the 1% for the Planet logo on a product or website, understand that this business is being counseled on sustainable practices, donating 1% of their revenue, and building networks with vetted nonprofit partners.

On top of that, we’ve begun offering even more sustainable gifts on our website. We now have more options than ever (and we’re adding to the list every day) for eco friendly corporate gifts to help your company achieve sustainable initiatives. 

And we haven’t even mentioned the best part! Many of our partners and suppliers are also members of the 1% for the Planet community. When you gift their sustainable gifts through our services, it doubles your impact so that 2% of your purchase goes towards helping the planet. How great is that?  

We now partner with One Tree Planted.

We plant one tree for every individual package we ship! One Tree Planted has the vision to make it simple for anyone to help improve the environment by planting trees. Their goal is to restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact worldwide.

Since 2014, One Tree Planted has planted over 30 million trees in over 43 countries. They are projecting to triple their impact in the upcoming year.

We also found some incredible organizations throughout our exploration of ways to become more sustainable, such as: 

Earth Guardians

Earth Guardians is an intergenerational organization with youth at the forefront. They train diverse youth to be influential leaders in the environmental, climate, and social justice movements across the globe. They do this by using art, music, storytelling, on-the-ground projects, civic engagement, and legal action to advance solutions to the critical issues we face as a global community. We’ve partnered with Earth Guardians to support their ongoing mission. 

Here is where you can find the multitude of ways you and your business can help Earth Guardians.

Catamount Institute

Catamount Institute has provided outdoor education and adventures to youth in the Pikes Peak Region for more than two decades. Their mission is based on connecting kids to the outdoors with science, education, and adventures. They believe that it is here that children learn they have the powerful ability to change the world around them and that even as kids, they can make a difference. Their programs are designed to use a child’s natural curiosity to spark a love of lifelong learning.

Catamount Institute provides outdoor activities to all children regardless of socioeconomic status and empowers children to gain confidence through outdoor activities. We are thrilled to support them in continuing their endeavors and in nurturing the next generation of nature-lovers. 

They accept both monetary donations as well as support from those wanting to volunteer their time.

Here is where you can find more information about how to support Catamount Institute.

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Ultimately, it’s up to the efforts of all of us to make this world a better place. Choosing to go with Clove & Twine for your eco-friendly corporate gifts is one great place to start!

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