I was so excited when I learned about this contest sponsored by the paper goods company Marcal Small Steps, where you get to nominate your local green hero. And then I was even more thrilled when they asked me to be a judge! There are so many green heroes among us who don't get the proper recognition for all of the hard work they do in making this world a better place. I am so happy to be able to participate in this contest and bring attention to these well-deserved people! The winner will receive recognition on Marcal's website as well as a $5,000 award to donate to their selected environmental charity.
Marcal Small Steps is a company that is convinced, similarly to me, if we all made simple changes on a daily basis to lighten our impact on the planet it would make a big difference. Marcal believes that these choices should be made available to everyone at a reasonable price and without any compromise. Marcal's products are made from 100% recycled paper content, 40% - 60% of which (depending on the product) is post-consumer recycled content.
It is important when you buy products with recycled content that you choose the brands that have post-consumer content. Post-consumer material is an end product that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and would otherwise have been disposed of as a solid waste. So when you choose post-consumer products, you have helped divert a good amount of waste from ending up in landfill.
Pre-consumer content is made from manufacturer waste that never actually made it to the consumer for one reason or another: scraps, rejects, trimmings -- the stuff that ends up on the factory floor and is repurposed into something new rather than trashed. Therefore, it is always best to buy products with recycled content, but better to buy the products that have post-consumer content as it is more likely that this type of content would have ended up in a landfill if it wasn't recycled.
Marcal has been recycling long before it was the "in" thing to do - since 1950 to be exact. There are no added fragrances or dyes in their products and they are all whitened without chlorine bleach (to learn why bleaching items is terrible for your health and the environment, click here) You can find Marcal's paper products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels and facial tissue) at your local Jewel Food Stores. To find stores in your area, click here. Making the change to paper goods made with high recycled content is one of the easiest, most accessible and affordable things you can do to help the environment!
There are millions of people who have dedicated their lives to insuring that we live in a better, safer, less-toxic and sustainable world for many years to come. Please take a moment and nominate your green hero here!