If you've lived in Colorado for any period of time, you probably are somewhat familiar with the wonderful things that make Colorado natives uniquely, well, Coloradan. The crunchy granola-munching, Birkenstock-wearing, hike-loving, dog-owning stereotype? Pretty much true, and none of those are bad things (Birkenstocks are comfortable!). We here at CO Work'n embrace the qualities that make our beautiful state one-of-a-kind, and feel so lucky to live and work next to such natural beauty. Our building is adjacent from Crown Hill Park, and we are reminded of how much we love this state on a daily basis.
Given this background, it struck us as odd that recycling isn't mandatory in Colorado. Since we opened, we have been throwing out recyclables and feeling increasingly worse about not aligning with our beliefs and values every time we had to toss a document that needed edits or whenever we open the mail.
To us, recycling is a no-brainer. If you're wondering why, to quote Recycle Across America:
- Without exception, recycling is the top action society can do to simultaneously improve: the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans.
- When U.S. recycling levels reach 75% it will be the environmental and CO2 equivalent of removing 55 million cars from U.S. roads each year.
- When U.S. recycling levels reach 75% it will generate 1.5 million new jobs in the U.S. (net).Manufacturers truly want these materials back to reuse in their manufacturing, but they aren't able to reuse the materials if people don't recycle right.
Finally, last week we decided to make the move into being more environmentally friendly, and took the plunge by contacting our trash company and speaking with our account representative to get plan options and decide which service is best for us. Starting in a few days, we will be reducing our footprint as an office and following through on our commitment to the planet. If you're interested in doing the same, it isn't nearly as hard as it seems. Simply give the trash company that services your area a phone call, and make sure you have your information ready so they can get you to the right account manager.
What do you guys think about recycling? Do you agree with us, or do you prefer to not bother? We are interested!