The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the Planet

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the Planet

My best friend just told me she’s too lazy to do anything for Earth Day.  What???  That’s not gonna work.  Even the laziest of us have to do SOMETHING to help save the planet.  So here’s a list of 5 suggestions for all you couch potatoes. If you don’t have the energy to read through them, just skip to #5.

#1 Plant a Tree

Plant a tree for Earth Day 2017

This is a no-brainer on Earth Day. Trees are Earth’s best friend. As the biggest plants on the globe, trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. The Arbor Day Foundation will send you 10 free trees to plant in your yard. Even easier… have them send the trees to someone else and they can do the planting.

 

#2 Grow Milkweed

Earth Day 2107 Suggestion #1: Grow Milkweed The monarch butterfly population is down over 90% in the USA, Canada & Mexico due to habitat destruction. Join our effort to save the monarch butterfly by restoring their summer habitat, which is milkweed. Stop by Stonehurst and pick up some free milkweed seeds or buy them at your nearest nursery.  If either of those options is too much trouble, order free milkweed seeds online.

 

#3 March for Science

March for Science, Vermont 2017

March for Science is an international movement to celebrate science and support the scientific community. “It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.” Whether you’re a scientist or a fan, join others in over 500 cities around the world to March for Science. Vermont will have events in Burlington, Brattleboro, Rutland, and Montpelier.

 

#4 Clean Up on Green Up Day

Green Up Day 2016, Vermont Woods Studios

Green up Day is the first Saturday in May every year, so it’s May 6th this year.  It’s the day that decent, Earth loving community members go out and clean up the trash their apathetic neighbors threw out along roadsides, in parks and on beaches.  At Vermont Woods Studios we’ve been cleaning up the Connecticut River front in Vernon for the past several years.  We all leave work early on Green Up Day, clean up the shoreline and then head to Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern to rest, recuperate and replenish.  Join us this year– we have a great time!

#5 Donate Money

Donate to Earth Day 2017

OK if none of these suggestions suit your fancy or if you’re exhausted even at the thought, then surely you have enough energy to take you mouse and click over to the Earth Day Network where you can donate to help power the movement.

Let us know which one of our suggestions you took us up on (or at least considered) on our Facebook!  We’ve planted over 50,000 trees at Vermont Woods Studios and are planting at least 2 more for each furniture order.  Read more about our environmental mission here.

 

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Peggy (far left) with milkweed farmers from Vermont, Jose Luis Alvarez of FFM (4th from the left) and Francois Simard (4th from the right) of Encore 3 an innovative company transforming the way we use milkweed.

A look back at (almost) everything we did this year.

The Fun Stuff

From saving Monarch Butterflies to baking bread for the local food-shelf, we do a lot more than just sell wood furniture. At Vermont Woods Studios we’re on a mission to change the world. Our accomplishments may be on a smaller scale than some but they have deep meaning to us and to our customers.  Not to mention, it’s the most fun part of our work!

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Our Green Team poses for an enthusiastic group photo

Here at Vermont Woods Studios we are committed to staying active within the community around us. That is why each year we volunteer and donate as much as possible to organizations local to the Vernon, VT area.

With Earth Day 2016, Arbor Day and Green Up Vermont so close together this year, the team here at Vermont Woods Studios wanted to do something visibly impactful.

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Celebrate Earth Day 2016 at Stonehurst
The Earth Day 2016 theme is “Trees for the Earth”.  These trees are just outside our Stonehurst furniture showroom in Vernon, Vermont.

Earth Day 2016 is just a week away on Friday, April 22.

As perhaps the world’s largest community of environmental supporters, Earth Day Network started Earth Day in 1970 and has made great progress in addressing sustainability & climate change.  But there is much left to do in protecting our planet for future generations (of people, flora and fauna) and you can help.  What can you do?

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

April 22, 2015 is “Earth Day”, a time when many people stop and think about what they can do to make the world a better place. At Vermont Woods Studios, we believe that businesses have a responsibility to do this- not only on Earth Day, but every day. We believe in being real, active global citizens that work hard to make the world a better place. We believe in giving future generations (of both humans and animals) a better world to live in!

So this Earth Day, we’d love to share some of our current Earth efforts: 

1. Benefit Sale for VCE:

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For one day only, we will be donating $25 from every sale to the Vermont Center for Eco Studies. This organization is dear to our hearts, and our mission, as they promote wildlife conservation across the Americas using the combined strength of scientific research and citizen engagement. We support them every year and are happy to do this special promotion for them!

2. Salamander Crossing:
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For more than 10 years, Peggy has been going out on rainy April nights and helping salamanders and other amphibians get to the vernal pools where they congregate to breed. All of these amphibians are abundant in Vermont (if seldom seen)—but that will change in places where they must cross roads to reach their breeding pools!  Volunteers are needed to help these little critters get to where they are going safely, in order to conserve their populations.

3. Preparing our Garden Sanctuary:
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For the second year in a row, we are preparing our butterfly and bee sanctuary garden. Earlier in the year we went out and planted milkweed for Monarchs, and now we are preparing a garden that will be a safe haven for bees, butterflies, and other critters! Dennis and Nina are hard at work today, tilling, cleaning, and prepping the area.

We hope that this Earth Day you will take some time to think about your own environmental impact and what you are doing to help protect animals and the planet. Even if your actions are small, they are important! What will you do for the Earth this year? Let us know in the comments section!

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