*By Associate Sustainability Council member Maurice Frumkin, Executive Associate
Ever wonder if there are any simple things you can do to enjoy the holidays as much as you always do—while using less energy and helping the planet? After polling several Viridian Associates and scouring the Web for the easiest and most effective tips, we came up with our Top 10 list.
Gen V’s Top 10 Sustainable Thanksgiving Tips:
1. Use fresh vegetables instead of canned. Did you know that commercial canning of vegetables uses three billion kWh of energy per year—enough to run 8,571,428 refrigerators for an entire year!
2. Paper plates and napkins sound like a good thing when you’ve been cooking all day, but the environmental impact is huge. The average American uses 2,200 two-ply paper napkins per year which adds up to 662 billion napkins being added to the landfill on an annual basis. If you must use disposables, use napkins made from unbleached recycled paper.
3. If you’re cooking for a lot of people, buy in bulk. Look for ways to minimize food packaging. Don’t go overboard, since it’s not likely that anyone is going to go hungry. And bring those reusable bags when you go shopping.
4. Use your local farmers' market
for organic, locally-sourced produce.
5. When decorating, use items from your yard instead of plastic. Gather some oak leaves and acorns to arrange on the table. Clip some branches and put them in a vase. Use squashes or gourds as centerpieces.
6. Use non-toxic cleaners
without chemicals. Mix up some baking soda and water to scrub the sink or tub. Try vinegar and newspaper to clean windows.
7. Travel wisely. Before you leave, make sure you turn off the lights and turn down the heat. If you’re driving, make sure your tires are inflated and drive a little slower for better gas mileage. Carpooling always helps, as well. And why not offset your travel! Offsetting is currently one of the only ways to make flying greener. Search the Web for a large number of carbon-offsetting websites for more information.
8. You'll probably have lots of leftovers. Every year, Americans use enough plastic wrap to cover the entire state of Texas. Ask your guests to bring their own to-go containers instead of sending each of them home with leftovers on paper plates and covered in plastic wrap.
9. Cleanup. The dishwasher is usually more efficient than washing dishes by hand, but make sure you pack it full. Composting kitchen scraps can have a big impact. Twenty-four percent of the waste Americans send to landfills is organic waste. Keeping that waste out of landfills doesn't just save space, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
10. Finally, find a way to give back. Share leftovers with a neighborhood friend, or donate to your local food pantry.
At the end of last month, we planned an event for some of
our rising rock stars and this past weekend they joined VP of Field Development
Bob Ulrich for the Mastermind Event—a premier event for network marketing
professionals. More than a dozen Associates turned out
for the event to learn about what it takes to become a multi-level marketing
powerhouse. Here’s a firsthand look at how the event went!
Ambassador Bob Quintana
My biggest takeaway was bringing 13 rising leaders from my
organization to the event. Being there not only allowed them to learn from the
fantastic presenters, but also gave them the opportunity to interact with more
than 1,000 other network marketing professionals from many companies. The event
gave them a broader perspective of the power of this profession. I’m committed to bringing 100 plus rising
leaders to next year’s Mastermind Event…I mean REALLY committed!
Executive Director Joe Barracato
Last weekend in Houston at the MLM Mastermind event was the
single most impactful weekend event of my short 18 month multi-level marketing
career! It was more impactful than reading 100 books or listening to a cd a
day. I have never been more excited to dedicate myself to growth. Ive learned
that billion dollar companies are built on billion dollar leaders! The speaker
that moved me the most was Orrin Woodward. I will read everything he has put
out as well as everything he recommends or has read. Now, time to get to work :)
Director Deana Dragonetti
For me, Mastermind was AMAZING! The incredible level of
success that filled the room was beyond inspiring. The network marketing
profession is filled with positive, motivated, high-quality people.
How could you want to be anywhere else?
I took so many things away from this event but some things really spoke
- The quote: "The difference between where we
are now and where we want to be is based on the things we are not willing to do."
- Mike Potillos segment about “Whats your
Choice?”—Shrink your dreams or grow your income. It was a very simple but
- My favorite from Chris Brady was "You have
not failed until you blame someone else." I think it holds people
accountable to look in the mirror.
- Big Al was great with his specific verbiage on
what to say and what NOT to say.
The list goes on and on.
Things I will be implementing immediately will be:
- Changing my verbiage a few simple words at a
- Making sure I am “on the same side of the table”
when talking to others and aligning my thoughts with others
Director Matt Johnson
I have been in network marketing for one-and-a-half years.
The past three days at Mastermind 2012 have built my belief in the PROFESSION and,
more importantly, my potential in the industry, my responsibility within the
industry and the duty I have as a professional to share this with everyone.
Having only recently become a student of personal growth, finding myself in a
room with Jordan Adler, Richard Brook, and Randy Gage to name a few was nothing
short of life changing. I know now I have found my calling.
Leading myself to greatness and in so doing leading others
to discover their true potential regardless of socioeconomic background is the
business model of the 21st Century. The products may differ but the mission is
clear. Integrity above all to elevate the profession of network marketing is
the responsibility of every person at Viridian. There is no such thing as a
perfect company but what was made VERY clear was the path to success goes
through struggle. Never quit, be consistent, seek to educate yourself and your
team, believe in the leadership of the company. Today is the day! The greatest
time in history to be in this industry is NOW!
Director Paul Poirier
This has changed my life beyond measure. The biggest nugget of
information I got was to treat this like a profession and use the system that the
corporate team and the pros have put in place with solid direction. To get to
the top of this profession, you must learn from the best. Personal development
is also mandatory to get to this top level. I’m committed to experiencing this journey!
The event was incredible. It was amazing to hear from authors like Adler and Woodward
directly. They sounded just like their
audio book. To have them take the time and speak to me directly was a surreal
experience. The common theme was don’t ever
quit and embrace the struggle and you will succeed. There were more than 70 companies represented
and the electricity was felt everywhere. It was interesting getting the perspective
of growth from other MLMers and how they are building their business. As the
quote read "making mistakes is proof you are doing something.” I will be there next year with my team.
By Chris Schipper, Executive Associate and ASC member
You might not think twice about stuffing those old Nike shoes in the back of your closet after they’ve seen their last basketball game, but did you know your used athletic shoes can make a huge difference overseas?
In fact, thanks to an effort spearheaded by MORE Foundation Group, gently used athletic shoes can help finance the regeneration of damaged land, while creating prosperity with a bottom-up approach—one village at a time.
Viridian Energy is teaming up with the MORE Foundation Group
—an organization that works in Ghana to bring more sustainable agricultural practices to local Ghanaians—to support the foundation’s shoe collection efforts. Until the end of year, I encourage all Associates to dig in their closets, find their old shoes and participate in a drive that can help expand your warm market and promote your business while supporting a great organization helping people in Ghana.
The MORE Foundation Group is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), 100% funded with gently used athletic shoes. The sale of used athletic shoes in major metro areas of Africa helps create jobs and supports free enterprise while the proceeds support local training and empowerment in sustainable farming practices and tree farming.
Here’s how to get involved:
- The MORE Foundation Group provides ready-to-go boxes with PREPAID FedEx shipping labels affixed to each box. Each box can hold 50 pairs of gently used athletic shoes. The boxes are 19” x 19” x 39”. Each box has an attached poster explaining the program.
- To get started, click here and request a collection box (please note, the nonprofit recently changed its name from Perpetual Prosperity Pumps.)
- At the top of the page, click on Donate Shoes to complete the request form.
- Select Viridian Energy as the organization type from the drop-down menu.
- After completing the steps, your box will arrive within a week. Once you receive the prepaid box or boxes, you can bring a box to a local meeting and tell your local teams about the drive. Also consider placing additional boxes in high traffic areas where you’ve been given permission to collect. (Don’t forget to add your contact information on the poster, which can help you drum up a few leads.)
To return and pack the shoes, first tie each pair together and pack them as tightly as possible in the box. Each box should hold 50 pairs of shoes. Take the prepaid box to a FedEx office or schedule a pickup to ship the shoes.
great way to strike up a conversation and expand your warm market is to get
involved in sustainability projects such as this one. Just start with, “Hi, I’m part of this
amazing green energy company that is participating in a shoe drive ...” at your
local shoe store, gym, family get-together or religious institution and see how
easily the conversation continues.
contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing how you
were able to use this initiative to make a difference and grow your business.
Please share your success stories with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or with email@example.com
name is Chris Schipper and I am Generation V!