My 5: Carlyn Blake, Sustainable Futures, Executive Director
In past posts, we’ve asked people to tell us “5 Ways to Save the Planet.” But more than one of our interviewees have mentioned that the planet will save itself; what we need to do is to keep the planet habitable for humans. We actually agree. So, we’ve changed our question slightly, to ask how we can “protect” the planet. As we protect Mother Earth, we also “save the planet” for our descendants.
Blue Planet Green Living asked Carlyn Blake, Executive Director of Sustainable Futures, to respond to the two questions we ask everyone we interview. Sustainable Futures, based in Boise, Idaho, repurposes used wine and soda bottles to create beautiful and useful glasses, bowls, candle holders, and vases. The company also provides jobs for hard-to-place workers. Following are Blake’s responses. — Julia Wasson, Publisher
5 Ways to Protect the Planet
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?
1. Recycle everything you can. Take advantage of city, county, and state recycling programs, and do your part to recycle paper, plastic, and glass.
2. Stop using zip-type and similar plastic bags because they cannot be recycled. Use Tupperware containers instead.
3. Bring your own coffee mug to your favorite coffee store. Most places offer a discount if you bring your own mug, and your coffee will stay warmer longer while you are doing your part to save the environment.
4. Support legislative efforts for efficient energy, recycling, and green processes.
5. Buy recycled drinking glassware, soy candles, vases and bowls from Sustainable Futures. The products are beautiful, durable, and environmentally friendly.
2 Minutes with the President
BPGL: If you had two minutes with President Obama, what would you say to him?
BLAKE: I would say, “Thank you for providing so many grants to local, county and city governments that promote green energy and green jobs. Sustainable Futures has benefited from the grants provided to the Idaho Department of Labor, and we could not keep our doors open without that help.”
I would then ask him his opinion on the best way to work with my state to put laws into effect around the use of recycled materials in the hotel, restaurant, and bar business. I believe that hotels, restaurants and bars should be required to use a certain percentage of recycled materials in the operations of the business. These businesses should also be required to recycle.
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