Do you know how to prepare your laptop for recycling?

Do you know how to prepare your laptop for recycling?

 

When a laptop becomes old, we look forward to using that new laptop that has all the fastest, smartest, and best features. But we still have to get rid of the dinosaur we’ve been using. Most people today are smart and don’t waste time finding out what to do before selling my laptop” via Google. Laptop recycling is a great idea, as the amount of e-waste in the world reached a record high of 53.6 million metric tons in 2019.

But laptop recycling also creates some safety concerns for which a few steps need to be followed. Dig deeper to know about some safety measures that can prepare your laptop for recycling. But before talking about the safe methods to recycle your laptop, let’s discuss some of the benefits of laptop recycling.

Safety Measures to Recycle Your Laptop

While recycling is a noble idea, you should know that there’s a high risk of a data breach. Browse through some steps that can help in recycling your laptops without impacting their data.

1.     Make a Backup of All Data Before Recycling Your Laptop

Before recycling your laptop, backing up all data stored in it is an essential step to follow. Creating a backup ensures that you don’t lose data after recycling your laptop so that the data can be used afterward. A convenient way to create a backup is to save your data on a portable storage device.

You can use an external hard drive or USB or put all your data in a new device. Another great way of conveniently storing all your data is to use cloud storage. Before sending your device for IT recycling, you should not forget to do this before sending your device.

2.     Erase All Data from the Hard Drive

Before recycling your laptop, you should erase everything that’s stored on the hard drive. Wiping data from your hard drive does not only mean deleting the data. Several data recovery programs can be used to retrieve data from your hard drive. You should know how to properly wipe out all data from your hard drive. The steps are as follows:

  • You need to start by simply deleting all the files from your laptop. Use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Del to do it.
  • After that, you should be overwriting the files using multiple data shredding programs. Overwriting multiple times makes it difficult to retrieve the data.
  • You can data shredding software programs like Eraser, WipeFile, and Secure Eraser.

3.     Wipe Data from Your External Drives

If your laptop has external drives connected to it, you need to wipe them clean as well. Cleaning the external drives is easier than cleaning your laptop’s hard drive. The steps to completely wipe out data from your external drives are as follows:

  • Check whether the drive is connected to your laptop
  • Right click on an external drive
  • A drop-down menu will appear from where you need to select “Format.”
  • A pop-up window will appear. Do not forget to uncheck the “Quick Format” option from the pop-up window.
  • Repeat these steps for all the external drives on your laptop.

4.     Clear the Browsing History

Most people don’t bother clearing their browsing history, even though it’s essential to do so before taking your laptop for recycling. Google Chrome is the popular choice of search engine for most users. The steps to remove your browsing history from Google Chrome are as follows:

  • Click on the three dots in the top right corner of Google Chrome.
  • From the drop-down menu that appears, select “History.”
  • A new page will open where you need to select the “Clear Browsing Data” option.
  • A new page will show where you need to select the data you want to remove. If you are sending your laptop for recycling, select all the options.

Benefits of Recycling Your Laptop

You have learned about the ways to make your laptop safe for recycling. But why should you recycle your laptop in the first place? Some of the most obvious benefits of recycling your laptop are as follows:

  • Clean Environment: Laptop recycling can prevent the landfills from filling out with electronic waste. Since you won’t dump your laptop in the landfills, no harmful toxins will be released into the environment. It will help in reducing the scale of environmental pollution.
  • Economic Benefits: Recycling your laptop is also beneficial for the economy. Recycling your laptop can help in reducing production costs. The parts of your laptop can be used to manufacture other models. Therefore, components will not have to be manufactured from scratch.
  • Less Use of Energy: When recycled goods are used to manufacture new products, less energy is required. Water consumption is also low in the case of manufacturing electronic goods with recycled parts. It also reduces the amount of pollution created in manufacturing electronic goods from scratch.

Ending Note

Recycling your laptops is a great idea for environmental reasons. It can help with a significant reduction in the amount of e-waste generated all over the world. But if you want to prevent data leaks while recycling your laptop, you should follow the safety reasons mentioned above.

***Many thanks to our guest blogger, Britney Sparrow! Thanks for providing this valuable information to our valued members!

The Healing Power of Nature

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Imagine a trail. The trees are tall and majestic. The sun is peeking through their leaves. Rays of light gently kiss your cheeks as the enchanting songs of beautiful birds fill your ears. The air is sweet, cool, and fresh. You cop a squat on a large stone, close your eyes and take in a deep breath. HUUUUUUHH HAAAAAAH You feel yourself begin to relax automatically and the weight of the day seems to magically melt away. Your mind is clear, all worries fade and a sense of peace and calm slowly moves through your entire being. This is the healing power of nature. 

 

The Facts Jack

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and according to the American Counseling Association,  “1 in 5 people will experience mental illness over the course of their lifetimes, everyone will face challenges that can and will affect their mental health.” Many of us silently suffer from bouts of depression, stress and a myriad of other mental woes. This can have a major impact on our health and our overall well being. In November 2020, Mental Health First Aid stated that in June of that same year 40% of adults in the United States struggled with mental health issues. This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “the struggle is real.” The most common of those mental health issues is anxiety. In the U.S. alone, 40 million adults suffer from anxiety every day. As alarming as these stats are, the solution seems to be just as astounding. Studies suggest that spending a little time in nature may just be what the body and mind needs.

 

Feeling Down? Go Outside! It’s What Dr. Nature Would Prescribe.

Researcher and forest therapy expert Yoshifumi Miyazaki found that walking just 40 minutes in the forest, compared to walking in a lab, lowers cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol, a stress hormone, affects many functions of the body including the immune system and blood pressure. According to Miyazaki, “The forest induces a state of physiologic relaxation.” Trees and plants are also aromatic, which adds an additional therapeutic benefit much like your aroma diffuser at home. It’s no wonder we’re naturally drawn to nature. We intuitively recognize it’s healing benefits. And when nature is prescribed, there are never any side effects. 

 

Be Kind To Your Mind

Now that we know how impactful nature can be to our well being, especially our mental state, let’s look at ways that we can be kind to our minds.

Take a Forest Bath in a National Park!

“What’s a forest bath”, you ask? Well, it’s just taking a nice stroll in a park or wooded area for the health benefits. One of the best ways to visit a national park is RVing. “But, Enviroperks, I don’t own an RV.” No problem, Loyalty+ members! You can use RVshare! RVshare is the Airbnb for RVs. Rent an RV from any family listed and save 25% off your travel costs.

 

Go Camping!

Maybe the RV scene isn’t your thing. Wanna stay a little closer to home and still feel like you’ve roamed? Camping is a wonderful option! Immerse yourself in nature. Be it on the beach, in the mountains or in a forest, the natural health benefits will be the same. And, camping is fun!  Especially when you’re saving funds as a Loyalty+ member! Log in to your Loyalty+ account and get 5% Cash Back savings on already clearanced outdoor gear with The Sportsman’s Guide! We’re feeling more relaxed just thinking about the savings!

 

Don’t Want Your Arteries to Harden? Grow a Garden!

That’s what Pop Pop used to say, anyway. Who knew he was right?! Lol. Not only is gardening great for your physical health but it does wonders for your mental health as well. Gardening in and of itself is a form of therapy and reduces anxiety and depression symptoms while improving your attention span. It also increases serotonin levels in the brain, which in turn improves your overall mood. Break out the shovels, Perkster, and dig into these savings! EnviroPerks members can grow your local economy while saving green! Redeem your points at local hardware stores for gardening supplies. Simply log into your EnviroPerks account and search for rewards near you in the Home and Garden category.   

 

Grab a Rod!

Not a lily-livered land lover? Take a fishing trip! Fishing has always been a well known relaxation tactic. Be it the trickling gurgle of a lake or the serene scene of the ocean, as long as you’re in nature, it works! And Loyalty+ members can fish till their hearts are content with up to 30% off fishing equipment at Gander RV and Outdoors. Try it! You’ll be hooked.

 

Nature Naturally Benefits Me

The benefits of nature are innumerable and provide much needed relief from mental health issues like stress, depression, anxiety and PTSD. As we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, let us remember to take time for our minds and use the natural scenes around us to evoke the power of healing within us.  

 

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Jammica Boone is a writer and content creator for Enviroperks.

MAY MATTERS

There are so many marvelous things to celebrate in May! There’s Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, and even National Love A Tree Day. We’re not kidding, it’s on May 16th! But with all of these amazing celebrations, there’s one in particular that may quite possibly be the most important of them all, Asian American and Pacific Islander Month!

May is when we celebrate the rich heritage, achievements and contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that have helped to shape and influence U.S. culture and industry in unimaginable ways. EnviroPerks recognizes and pays homage to three incredible Earth activists! They have helped pave the way for impactful environmental change in the United States and abroad. We will also help you find cool ways that you can recognize and honor the life and legacy of AAPI.

 

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What’Chu Gonna Do!

Many talk a good environmental game, but Andrea Chu is ‘bout this green life! Chu studied environmental science at Ohio State University and found that as a Taiwanese American there was little to no Asian representation in most mainstream environmental organizations. That needed to change. As the Midwest Regional Organizer for Food & Water Action, Chu learned about the disparate impact climate change had on communities of color. Later, upon moving to Chicago, she created workshops in her apartmentto provide an Asian American voice in the environmental justice movement.” These workshops would later evolve into Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice (CAAEJ).

 

 

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The Spiritual Rainbow Warrior 

“I don’t need them to be touched by my story and I don’t need their pity. I need them to take action.” The words of 22 year old Marinel Sumook Ubaldo scream it’s time for change. Like her peer, Greta Thunberg, Marinel is serious about taking action against climate change and has become a global activist. Born in the Philippines, Marinel helped to organize her country’s first youth climate strike. As a leader with Plan International, Marinel would often be seen in communities and schools in the Philippines. She educates residents and students about what causes climate change and how it affects the community. Known as one of the deadliest countries for environmentalists, Marinel will not be moved, “…I’m ready to die for it, ready to fight no matter what. This is the purpose of my life.”

 

 

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Aloha Earth!

There is no more beautiful place in the U.S. than Hawaii. A tropical paradise, Hawaii is a haven filled with all manner of flora, fauna and beautiful creatures. If you’ve ever seen pics or been to Hawaii, you understand why the people take such pride in her care. Hawaii has always been known to have some of the greatest environmental stewards on the Planet, even before it was cool. Native, Herb Lee, Jr., is one of those amazing stewards.

As President and CEO of the Pacific American Foundation, Mr. Lee has dedicated his life to the education and preservation of his community. He has led a multitude of youth leadership programs, culture-based education projects, and career development programs which have trained over 5,000 teachers. He also started environmental education programs which use traditional conservation and land management techniques. In March of 2014, the White House honored Herb Lee, Jr. for his leadership in improving the lives of others in his community and creating new ways to combat issues that plague our planet.

 

Cool Ways To Celebrate!

These are just a few of the many AAPI who have given their lives to our planet and her well-being. For fellow Americans, this month provides an incredible opportunity to show solidarity through the observance of AAPI month. And, as Loyalty+ members, you can take advantage of all kinds of savings while doing it.

 

For example, you can learn more about AAPI culture through literary works, and as a Loyalty+ member, you get over 10% off at audiobooks.com. You even get a two (2) book free trial!

 

Loyalty+ members can also save on visits to museums where you can learn even more about the culture and contributions of the AAPI community. Simply log-in to your account, search for “museum tickets” and save up to 25%! And, Loyalty+ members can take advantage of no hidden fees or taxes!  As you walk through the museums, the whole family will learn, laugh, and gain new awareness for Asian heritage and culture.

May Matters This Year and Every Year

There’s so much to celebrate in May! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of the amazing people who inspire us and the world around them. We all have the potential to make a difference and we are proud to show our appreciation of the amazing people who make a difference for our planet and our future. 

 

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Jammica Boone is a writer and content creator for Enviroperks.

Spring Into Savings and Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Got your vaccine just in time for spring? 
Go enjoy the outdoors, and all that nature brings. 
The frost is gone, it’s time for fun! 
Listen to birds chirp as you soak up the sun. 
There are so many things outside to do! Catch a ball game, go camping or barbecue!
But before you explore the great outdoors, check your Loyalty+ account for rewards galore!

 

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In The Mood For Peanuts & Cracker Jacks?

Hey Perksters! Yes! It’s spring, finally. And nothing says spring and fun in the sun like America’s favorite pastime. As a Loyalty+ member, did you know you could be saving up to 30% on Major League Baseball Tickets? And that’s not even the best part! The best part is you don’t have to pay ANY FEES!  Simply log in to your Loyalty+ account, search for MLB and follow the instructions on the deal to save! Baseball, beer and hot dogs, awwwwww spring, we missed you.

 

 

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Photo by Vincent Keiman

Spring Grilling & Chilling

Speaking of hot dogs, there’s no better way to enjoy a frank than grilled. And when there’s great weather, it’s time to break out the Weber. Weber Grills are the standard for excellent quality grilling and they offer an incredible variety of grills to choose from. Whether its gas, charcoal, wood pellet, or electric, Loyalty+ members can save up to 25% off MSRP on ANY Weber grill. And that goes for Weber Grills’ accessories as well! Remember, if you’re planning a barbeque only a Weber will do. 

 

 

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No Glamping Allowed

Another ideal outdoor activity that’s perfect for spring weather and full of adventure at some of the most exciting sites is camping. When you’re camping you want to enjoy your family and the natural surroundings free from worry and uh oh’s, right?  Well, camping with the fam just got mad easier. 

Remember the look on your dad’s face when your brother forgot to pack the tent? Yea, don’t be that guy. Enjoy the great outdoors the easy way, and let Arrive Outdoors do all the packing and shipping for you! That’s right! You now live in the future and there’s a Loyalty+ reward for that. Rent all the premium gear you’ll need for your adventure outdoors and get 10% off your entire order.

There’s absolutely no cost to start your order, so you can change or cancel your order at any time before your gear ships. You even get the option of having your gear shipped to your home before your adventure or to your trip destination. 

 

Stop Reading, Get Saving!

One thing’s for sure, there are a million cool ways to spend your spring days outdoors and we probably have a reward for most of them. So, keep checking your Loyalty+ account for all the amazing savings this spring!

 

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Jammica Boone is a writer and content creator for Enviroperks.

 

Mom We Love You!

Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day and it’ll be here before you know it! But no need to worry, we’ve got you covered with a few green gift ideas sure to show your mom, and Mother Earth, just how much you care. Plus having a Loyalty+ account makes it even easier to find tons of great gifts your mother is sure to love even if you’re on a budget.

 

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I Made This For You, Ma’

Making your mom a cool gift is still one of the best, eco-friendly ways to show her just how much you care. We’re not talking about a painted rock with “Thank you Mom” on it. A handmade card crafted from recycled materials is a great way to show your appreciation for your mom on Mother’s Day. Include pictures of you and your family on your favorite vacation. Handwritten notes expressing exactly how much she means to you are a good addition as well. The time, creativity and effort you put into your upcycled creation will surely bring your mom to tears making all your siblings jealous! Tee Hee.

 

Plant Some Love Together

Is your mom a garden girl in her golden years? Why not plant a tree together in her honor? Trees are a great, green gift idea for mom. They provide us with shade, clean air, and create a habitat for small wildlife like birds. Your mom will delight in gazing at all the wonders of nature the tree brings to her doorstep while sipping tea or having her morning cup of coffee, all thanks to you. Planting a tree is a lasting and impactful eco-gift that she will enjoy watching grow year after year.  

 

Time to Show Mom You Care

Time is one of our most precious resources. And after a year of being apart, just spending some time together could be all your mom wants this year. So, make it special and green! Take her to a farmer’s market and let her choose what she likes, then prepare a beautiful meal for her using the locally sourced veggies and meats she chose. Or you can remix an old family recipe with your local finds. Either way, it’s a good way to spend time with your mom on her special day while creating new Earth-friendly family traditions and reducing your carbon footprint.

 

Gifts

These are all incredible ways to honor your mom and Mother Nature on Mother’s Day. But, if your mom is into more traditional ways of expressing appreciation, we got ya’ covered there too.

 

Is your mom a classy lady that likes jewelry? Well, no problem! Dazzle her with a beautiful necklace or bracelet and save up to 50% plus get cash back from Zales with your Loyalty+ accountDoes she enjoy gourmet treats and eats? Use your Loyatly+ account and try a gourmet buttercream frosted cookie arrangement from Cheryl’s and get 15% off your order. Or go with an even more traditional favorite and get mom a beautiful bouquet of flowers from 1-800-flowers and take advantage of 20% off your arrangement as a Loyalty+ member. You can also search your EnviroPerks rewards to find a good, local deal for mom.

 

No matter how you choose to shower your mother with love this Mother’s Day, the important thing is to acknowledge her. Show her in your own sweet way what she means to you and she’ll love it no matter what. From all of us here at EnviroPerks, have a happy Mother’s Day! 

 

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Jammica Boone is a writer and content creator for Enviroperks.

Celebrate Earth Day 2021

Celebrate Earth Day!

Around this time of year the weather is warmer and the earth seems to come alive again. We get to enjoy nature and all its splendor with picnics outside, walks in the park and bike rides. And for many of us lately, nature has served to restore our hope in ourselves and the world. So it makes sense that this year’s theme for Earth Day is Restore Our Earth!

 

Earth Day

Earth Day is a global event that takes place every year on April 22nd and celebrates the ways in which we can come together through conversation, awareness and action to help change the way in which we impact the Earth. And let’s face it, by now we’ve seen how important it is to take care of the Earth. Since it’s first event in 1970, Earth Day has led the call for a cleaner, healthier, environment and is responsible for aiding in the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. 

Listen, our impact on the planet has been devastating, so much so that at our current rate of consumption we would actually need a whole new planet to absorb our waste and provide the resources needed to live. That’s just crazy! But with a little effort and global team work, we can restore our Earth. Our homes and means of transportation are great places to start!

 

Solar Power

Installing solar panels on your home helps to combat greenhouse gas emissions while saving you hundreds of dollars on your energy bill each year. Now that’s a win win, and as a Loyalty+ member you can take advantage of even more savings with SunPower! SunPower makes switching to solar super easy and super inviting because you get an exclusive $1000 rebate when you purchase or lease a SunPower solar system. See? It is easy to be green. But why stop there?

 

Electric Vehicles

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Greenhouse gasses from transportation contribute greatly to climate change, not to mention air pollution, which also affects our health. But going green on the road can be a tremendous drive in the right direction. And as a Loyalty+ member, you can get your hands on a sweet green ride and save green while saving the planet! Get the same deal that Chevrolet employees get and save an average of $2,995 off MSRP when you buy or lease a new Chevy Volt!   

 

Personal Tips

There are many things we can do to help Restore the Earth  and celebrate this Earth Day and every day, like purchasing items second hand from thrift stores and donating your gently used items as well. Prepare one meat-free meal a week and carry reusable bags when shopping. Take a reusable water bottle instead of buying a drink, contact the companies that keep sending you junk mail and get removed from their mailing lists. Turn off electronics when not in use, and refill your ink cartridges instead of purchasing a new printer (come on, you know you’ve considered it when looking at the cost of new cartridges). Make an effort to get more sunshine by walking to your favorite places instead of driving…unless you have a Chevy Volt.

 

However you choose to celebrate, be sure to take time to enjoy nature. Take a hike or go camping! Grab some gear and have an adventure! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too. Loyalty+ members can feel good about getting 10% off plus 10% cashback on adventure survival gear at Outdoor Element. So get outside and sing with the birds, buzz with the Bees, and sway with the trees knowing that in some small way you’ve helped to ensure a better future for all.

 

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Jammica Boone is a writer and content creator for Enviroperks.

Tips and Deals to Get the Most Out of Your Spring Cleaning!

Spring has sprung in most of the country, and it is time to do some cleaning!

Spring cleaning has mixed origins, with some historians citing the Persian New Year. Others trace the roots to the Catholic priest tradition of cleaning the church on the Thursday before Easter. Whatever your reasoning may be, your Loyalty+ account has some great deals to help get your space clean!

Hire a maid for trickier tasks.

Look for Handy through your Loyalty+ account. Handy is the quickest, most reliable way to book household service providers. Choose a weekly, biweekly, or monthly cleaning plan, and you can save 35% off your first cleaning! Having a consistent regimen is a great way to help reduce seasonal allergies as you’ll clean up the dust and dander more often.

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Clean those floors!

If dirty floors are your problem, look no further than the Shark® VACMOP™ for a simple solution! After you’re done vacuuming, you can use the Shark to mop! It’s an all-in-one smart gadget. You can use your Loyalty+ account to purchase a Shark® VACMOP™ Pro Advanced Starter Kit, and you will receive:

  1. 3 (10ct) boxes of disposable pads
  2.  2 (2L) bottles of multi-surface hard floor cleaner
  3. Plus, a free gift: 1 (10ct) box of disposable pads
Don’t forget the car.

After a long winter, there’s nothing better for your car than a good cleaning. Not only is it essential to get the road salt and other de-icing materials off, but it also looks better! Whether you wash at home or a car wash facility, you’ll want to do a full detail. With your Loyalty+ account, you can save up to 38% on a Shine Armour detail kit and get 6% cashback! 

Ever cleaned your coffee maker?

One final tip for all the coffee drinkers out there: wash your coffee maker! Coffee makers are notorious for germs and even growing mold. If you have a Keurig, you can save 25% off cleaning products through your Loyalty+ account! This offer is only valid from now through June 2021.

We hope this blog will help you get started on your own spring cleaning projects and inspire you to look for even more local and Loyalty+ deals. Happy spring!

Be prepared for Easter with these Egg-cellent tips and deals!

Egg-cited for Easter? Be prepared with these Egg-cellent tips and deals!

Every year as the winter chill gives way to sunshine and the flowers start to emerge, spring begins anew. The Easter holiday is another sign that spring is here. After all, few things signal the arrival of the new season quite like pastel, bunny rabbit decor, and of course, Easter eggs.

As fun as an Easter egg hunt may be, the plastic eggs many people use to store their treats in can create a lot of unnecessary waste if not disposed of properly. You may be wondering, “Can’t I recycle these?” The answer depends on where you live, as recycling practices differ by town and city.

Before tossing your Easter eggs in the recycling bin, look for a recycling symbol or number on the egg or its packaging. If your hauler lists small or thin plastics, such as bottle caps, they are most likely fine. If not, it’s best to toss them in the garbage. Other options include donating them to your local thrift store, or simply keeping them for next year.

If you wish to take additional steps to ensure your Easter festivities are as eco-friendly as possible, remember to try and reduce the amount of packaging when buying festive food. It’s also important to plan ahead to reduce unnecessary food waste. Planning meals in advance, getting portion sizes right, and making use of the leftovers can all reduce waste – and save you money.

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Buying decorations second-hand from charity or thrift shops, previously mentioned, can greatly reduce your waste footprint. Only buy new decorations made from recycled material and that are recyclable.

Lastly, be creative with unwanted packaging! Use any leftover boxes or containers to store (or hide) your eggs or gifts. You can even use moulded plastic packaging to make your own chocolate gifts for family and friends!

Need some help organizing the perfect Easter celebration?

Access your Loyalty+ account and take advantage of countless Easter deals being offered, such as 15% off gourmet cookies and desserts from Cheryl’s Cookies or 15% off your order from 1-800-Flowers!

We hope our tips and deals help make this your best Easter ever! Have a wonderful holiday from all of us at EnviroPerks!

Sustainable Women of Power

“To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality, and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.” – United Nations General Assembly

 

Sustainability

 

From Joan of Arc to Rosa Parks, women have played a tremendous role in transforming our lives and our world. What started off as just a single day has now become a month-long celebration recognizing the political, economic, and social achievements of women. Over the centuries, women have banded together to ensure their right to vote, fight for fair and equal pay, and choose what they do with their own bodies. Health, sports, the arts, politics, science, you name it – women have not only participated but led the way. The fight for a greener world is no different. EnviroPerks would like to acknowledge three women that have changed the way we think, live, and treat the planet. 

 

We Have Arrived For Our Prize

Wangari Maathai is a world-renowned political, social, and environmental activist. Born in Kenya, Ms. Maathai was selected to study in the U.S. where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Scholastica College and then received her Master’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was environmentally active in Pittsburgh and took that passion back with her to Kenya, where she eventually founded the Green Belt Movement. The Green Belt Movement is an environmental organization that empowers women to conserve the environment in order to improve their communities and secure their livelihood. Through her contributions and daring endeavors, Professor Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize as well as the first environmentalist to ever be so honored. Power to the Planet.

 

Let Green Freedom Ring

If we are honoring women who exemplify great social and environmental change, there is no way to do so without mentioning Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. At age 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took office as the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. AOC, as she’s fondly known, is a trailblazer like the women before her, committed to income equality for working-class Americans and environmental justice for the planet. Her participation and introduction of the Green New Deal fosters a comprehensive and ambitious roadmap designed to “combat climate change by creating millions of high-wage jobs in new green industries, transition our energy system and build new infrastructure.” This is a great step in creating a successfully sustainable green economy. It’s a tough job but some woman’s gotta do it.

 

We’re Not Gonna Take It

Greta Thunberg…enough said! This young woman single-handedly became the face of the environmental youth movement, but her activism actually began at home. She started by convincing her family to make small changes in their lifestyle to reduce their carbon footprint. After seeing this success, she was inspired and challenged to do more. As a teen, she protested by skipping school. Every Friday, Greta skipped class and sat outside the Swedish parliament in protest to bring awareness of the environmental devastation climate change has on the planet. Her actions led to millions of kids all over the world organizing walk-outs and marching to their respective municipalities to have their voices heard. This made Thunberg the leader of the largest climate strike in history. 

 

Women have contributed in a myriad of ways to change the landscape of life as we know it. The one thing these ladies and the pioneers before them had in common is that they started in their own homes, neighborhoods, and communities. We all can do our part to keep this legacy going. Taking small steps like reducing the amount of meat we eat, walking or riding a bike instead of driving, using refillable water bottles, packing our own lunches, and even using our buying power to shop with sustainable businesses are all easy ways to be the green we want to see in the world. 

 

And as a Loyalty+ member, you have an incredible number of clean, green businesses owned by women to choose from. Lauren Singer is the owner of Package Free, a company committed to providing “access to sustainable products and resources that positively benefit people and the planet” by using less, if any, packaging on their products. Log in to your Loyalty+ account now and see how you can save 15% off your entire purchase of sustainable goods from Package Free.

 

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Jammica Boone is a writer and content creator for Enviroperks.

EnviroPerks is Proud To Support The Shiver In Virginia Challenge!

Shiver In Virginia presents a safe, Statewide, month-long beautification effort that all can participate in! For a small, but very impactful, donation of $20.21, you will receive a FREE Virginia State Parks one day parking pass. That same donation also gives you optional access to the Keep Virginia Beautiful Mission Challenge website where all witness the State getting cleaner and greener – day by day. AND, each beautiful act you report enters you into drawings for really cool prizes.

 

Even if you cannot make a donation to gain access to the Mission Challenge activity, you can still let them know what you are up to throughout March by reporting on their new and improved GET CAUGHT IN A BEAUTIFUL ACT link!

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Making a Difference Couldn’t Be More Fun or Easy! 

Each of these acts and more equals 1 mile on the trek around the Commonwealth! And, if you don’t do the mission challenge, they still invite you to report your beautiful acts here!

Here’s a brief list of ways to keep Virginia beautiful in your own neighborhood and beyond!

  1. Grab a Bag, Take a Walk, Pick up Litter! It could be the easiest “do anywhere” beautiful act there is!
  2. Take recycling to the curb or recycling center
  3. Plan your garden
  4. Work in your garden or yard
  5. Contribute time to a community garden
  6. Install a rain barrel
  7. Set up composting; turn your compost
  8. Pull invasive plants
  9. Clear a trail
  10. Plant a native Virginia plant or tree (zone appropriate, of course!)
  11. Clean up graffiti
  12. Clean bird feeders and birdbaths
  13. Upcycle or artcycle an item otherwise bound for the landfill
  14. Take household and electronics to donation centers
  15. Take the KVB Pledge
  16. Adopt-a-Highway

The challenge runs until March 31st, so do get moving and Keep Virginia Beautiful! Please direct all inquiries about this event to Keep Virginia Beautiful.