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5 Ways to go Green at your Office

Go Green at work – it has never been easier!

With all the various eco-friendly ways to shop and live our lives, going green at work has never been easier! But if you need a nudge on how to get started, read on. Below is a list of 5 ways we have been making an effort to GO GREEN at Blowfish Malibu.

1. Start a Green Team

Start up an office Green Team! A Green Team is an organized group of people who work together to make their environment more sustainable. They can help make the office eco-friendly by incorporating policies that will improve the carbon footprint of the company.

Check out what the Blowfish Malibu Green Team is doing HERE!

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Another great way to go green is by reducing office buying, reusing current resources and recycling what has already been used. Here is an example of how to use reduce, reuse, recycle office paper: Reduce office paper use by going paperless. Reuse office paper use by printing double-sided or repurposing the blank pages for notes. Recycle all paper in the appropriate recycle bin once the sheet is no longer needed.

3. Maximize natural light

By maximizing natural light, you keep the office lights off and reduce the amount of energy spent at your workplace. Keep those shades up and those switches off to be efficient with the natural light.

4. Opt for better office products

Speak to your office manager about using eco-friendly products for office supplies. Most of the time, your office manager has an easy way of buying the eco-friendly version of a product, but doesn’t realize it is available.

5. Invest in Tupperware

Instead of using paper or plastic waste for storing your lunch, try using tupperware! This is an easy (and cost efficient) way to bring your lunch to work!

We would love to see how you are going green at work! So, tag us in a post for a chance to be featured on the Blowfish Malibu Instagram and check out more stories on the Journal.

 

I Took the 4Earth Challenge and Here’s How I Did

It may have been hard, but the 4Earth Challenge is totally worth it. 

Blowfish Malibu launched the 4Earth collection this month, which was a super proud moment for the team. We took some of our most iconic styles and updated them with one major change: we made the upper out of recycled plastic bottles. We wanted to move the brand in the right direction and start making conscious decisions!

With that being said, we partnered up with Oceana, a non-profit organization that works to make the oceans as healthy as they once were. For 2020, Oceana wanted to focus on the issue of single-use plastic.

This led us to our #4Earth4Life challenge. We wanted to see if we could eliminate single-use plastic for one week, and hopefully cut back on waste in general. Plus, we challenged our community to do the same! It was a goal of ours to educate our family and friends in hopes that they would join us.

So, here’s how I did with the 4Earth Challenge:

I rid the whole house of single-use plastic bottles, such as water bottles, and have been steadily using reusable jugs.

I’ve invested in some produce bags to eliminate the single-use plastic bags from the grocery stores.

4Earth Challenge

I’ve been using reusable bottles day to day, especially on work trips or long photoshoot days, for example!

Other steps have included using reusable bags at the market or choosing glassware over plastic. And I’ve been taking my reusable straw everywhere!

This challenge wasn’t easy – big changes never are. We’d love to see how you do! Learn more about the challenge here, and don’t forget to tag #4Earth4Life.

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10 Tips to Help You Live a Greener Life

10 tips on living a greener life!

We all want to live greener lives, but let’s face it, it’s so hard to start! Personally, I find it easier to take one step at a time by implementing something small and growing it over time. Everyone has their own pace, and that’s ok! But it’s important to start today so we can see the impact tomorrow.

Since working on the 4Earth collection, I have been taking small steps to make my life greener. I have also taken the #4Earth4Life challenge, where we challenged our community to avoid plastic for one week (check it out here!).

Today I’m sharing 10 tips that you can implement in your day-to-day to help live a greener life. Read on!

1. Use less paper

This one is a biggie for me as I love using paper towels to clean, especially in the kitchen. Recently, I have set aside hand drying rags – and cleaning rags – so that I do not have to grab a paper napkin every time.

2. Ride green

Living in Los Angeles, it is very hard to survive without a car. I purchased a bike recently and this has helped me get around in my neighborhood! Taking the bus is also a great alternative. (But make sure you wear your mask and bring hand sanitizer.)

3. Reuse and Recycle

Whenever possible, choose a reusable option! Personally, my all-time fave is reusable sandwich bags. These have been a game-changer! Do some research and find more reusable options going forward. When possible, also choose to recycle instead of throwing away.

4. Save Water

The average American family typically uses over 300 gallons of water every day, according to the EPA. This one is hard, but I have been more conscious of the time it takes to clean my dishes or take a shower in order to help out the planet. It is important for us to conserve water as much as we can.

5. Share with friends

Sharing with friends is a fun and easy way to save the planet. Buying less, in general, can help reduce waste so try sharing outfits, books, even household items whenever possible!

6. Avoid water bottles and plastic bags

This is a biggie for most people, but avoid plastic water bottles and bags! It can be so easy to grab a plastic water bottle before the gym or choose plastic bags at the grocery stores, but these items cause more harm than good. Be mindful before choosing plastic.

7. Go paperless

You might sit on hold with customer service for a while in order to make all of your bills paperless, but hey – it’s worth it! Many companies even offer a paperless option online. Take the time to go through your mail and see where you can go paperless.

8. Buy in Bulk

Go big or go home! Avoid products that are packed for single use. Try buying in bulk to reduce harmful waste.

9. Avoid Creating Trash

You wouldn’t believe the number of useless items I have collected over time! When possible, avoid creating trash by refusing things you do not need. Say no to utensils for take-out. Eat your ice cream out of a cone instead of a cup. Buy items with little or no packaging. Every little bit of trash avoided does make a difference.

10. Repurpose household items

This is a fun one! I have been playing a game where I repurpose one thing a day that I would usually throw away. The other day, I planted some seeds in an egg carton. Today, I repurposed my favorite candle by adding more wax and new wicks. Be resourceful!

How do you live a greener life?  Take the #4Earth4Life challenge and tag us for a chance to be featured @BlowfishMalibu! 

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4Earth Collection: A Step In The Right Direction

We are so excited to announce our newest eco-conscious collection, 4Earth. 

In 2020, Blowfish Malibu is stepping up to make more conscious decisions that will make a positive impact on the environment. We acknowledge the fact that 300 million pairs of shoes end up in a landfill a year, and know we are part of that problem. So moving forward, we will assess everything we do from an environmental standpoint. This includes diving into the process of how we manufacture, market, and design our product in the hopes that we can make substantial changes and limit our footprint on the planet.

That brings us to our newest collection: 4Earth. New to the brand for 2020 spring and summer, the 4Earth collection is our first venture into creating a product that haves less of a negative impact on our environment. Our team is excited about the challenge, and we want to challenge you to try and make a positive change for the earth, as well.

The line consists of two of our classic styles; the Balla sandal and the Marley sneaker. These sneakers are composed of an upper made entirely of recycled plastic. Additionally, we’ve teamed up with Oceana, a non-profit that actively works towards cleaning up the world’s oceans.

With every pair sold, we’ll donate $1 to Oceana in hopes that we can help make a positive difference 4Earth.

With the launch of our new campaign, we’re also introducing our #4Earth4Life Challenge. For only seven days – just one week – we challenge you to completely eliminate your use of single-use plastics, as well as to cut back on waste in general.

Document your experience on social media, using the #4Earth4Life hashtag. Get your friends involved! See who can cut back the most. Create and educate your followers about the techniques you’ve learned on how to limit your single-use plastics usage. Teach your loved ones about how they can make the earth a healthier place. At the end of the day, there’s no limit to the good we can do by cutting back together.

Learn more about retailers in your area carrying the 4Earth collection HERE

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Introducing the Blowfish Malibu Green Team!

Introducing the Blowfish Malibu Green Team!

We are excited to announce that at Blowfish Malibu headquarters, we just started a new initiative called the Green Team. In short, we created a group of individuals that are advocating for a more eco-conscious office space. The Green Team will be implementing new eco-friendly procedures, and be the voice for positive change at work. 

Learn more about the Green Team, what we’re doing, and how you can make simple changes at home too.

First off, I am very excited to be a part of the new Blowfish Malibu Green Team! The team consists of four members from various departments; Brisa in European Operations, Melissa in Accounting, Chip in Design, and Liv from Customer Service. Our team is made up of different departments for a reason. Not only is it great for getting to know one another, but each member delivers a unique perspective on how their individual department can become greener.

Our initial focus has been on “greening up” our daily operations at the office. We started by donating all our single-use plastic and paperware in the kitchen and replacing them with real silverware and ceramic dishes. We also switched out our coffee machine. Those plastic single-cup coffee filters created a lot of waste! Our new coffee machine is a bean-to-cup device that makes delicious coffee with no single-use filters. Plus, it fills the office with a great coffee smell each time the beans are grounded!

We have also replaced all cleaning supplies with eco-friendly refillable alternatives. We also learned how to properly dispose of hard-to-recycle office supplies, like staplers. Thanks to partnering with Terracycle, no more broken staplers, empty pens, or ripped folders have headed to the trash. Terracycle will recycle it all! These are just a few first steps we have taken to make the office more green, though there is still so much more to do. We have big plans for 2020 that will see many more aspects of office life go green!

The Green Team was created to promote a more environment-friendly office space, and surprisingly I found that this has spilled over to my home life as well. I didn’t think I could go much greener at home, but after working with the Green Team, I have found even more ways to impact my home. It is my hope that the momentum that the Green Team has created transfers over to the homes of all Blowfish Malibu employees, and our customers as well.

Here are a few ways you can make a change at home too:

I believe that every small change that we perform in our daily lives to reduce the usage of plastics or harmful chemicals will generate a significant shift. And I am so happy to be a part of a company that is committed to helping create these necessary changes. We only have one earth, and it’s a really spectacular place! Let’s all do our part to take care of it. 

 What else can we add to our list? What are you doing at home to help the planet?

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