While today is Earth Day and we want to pay special attention to our planet, sustainability and connection to nature is threaded throughout the lives of everyone at Rise Gardens and the community as a whole. From our Director of Research and Development Angelo encouraging everyone to include bee-friendly plants in their outdoor gardens or to our engineering and design team spending hours to determine the most sustainable way to package our products, and our community of customers who are using extra parts of their Rise Garden plants for art projects, DIY projects and more, we know our actions impact the Earth and we all strive to do a little more.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to reflect on our impact on the environment. Eating more plants, vegetables, and fruits not only make us more healthy but the whole earth is slightly better off when we eat only plant-based foods one day a week.
In fact, eating vegetarian meals one day a week could dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. If everyone in the U.S. ate only vegetarian meals for just one day, the U.S. would save 100 billion gallons of water and there would be a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, if every American substituted vegetarian food for chicken one meal a week, the carbon dioxide savings would be equivalent to taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.
We’re proud that we’ve made eating healthier, plant-based recipes easier by allowing more people to grow their own food and have those healthy vegetables on hand all year long.
Our sustainability efforts and impact don’t stop there. While we are still a young company, we are already making a big impact. Sustainability, carbon footprints, and environmental impact are very important to us. Our team is currently working on a full report, which we will debut in the coming month, that outlines our full environmental impact and sustainability practices as well as long-term sustainability goals for the coming years.
In honor of Earth Day 2021, we wanted to share a few highlights from the upcoming report.