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Earth Day: How we’re doing our part

At Greenheart, we’re doing our part. We are not only passionate about our product from start to finish but also about the environment and ways to lower the footprint.

When you finish your juice and you’re done with your bottle. Offer it a second life by recycling. To make recycling more convenient for you, you can even drop your juice bottles off at any Greenheart juice bar location near you.

We carefully selected glass bottles to serve our cold-pressed fresh juice in. While this offers an eye-catching aesthetic, looks aren’t our only mission. Glass bottles offer a variety of benefits: they contain no chemicals, they are reusable, and they are recyclable. Recently, scientists have determined that even BPA-free plastics contain variants of BPA that can be equally harmful. These variants not only negatively affected the mice in the study but also their offspring. This suggests that the impacts of plastics on your body are not only harmful but the negative impacts can be passed down generationally.

Plastic isn’t only affecting bodies, but it will also have an impact on the planet for generations to come. Plastic pollution is a heightened environmental issue in need of major remediation. Due to the increase of single-use goods since the 1940s, Earth has been receiving these chemicals as well. On land, it can take 450 years to decompose. When plastic makes it to the ocean, it can float in the currents for thousands of years.

A good response to plastics is glass. Glass is generally healthier for our bodies and for the environment. Glass can be recycled almost without end. However, when it sits in the landfill, it also takes about 400 years to decompose. Sorted recycling offers opportunities for glass to be reused repeatedly. Glass can be turned into new glass containers or construction materials. According to British Glass, one recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to run a laptop for 25 minutes.

Come into any of our four locations and enjoy juice, a snack, or even a concentrated juice shot to get you through the rest of the day.

Ways You Can Also Invest In Our Planet

Smart Heating and Cooling

1. Weather seal your home. This is a big one. So much of the energy, most of us use to heat our homes just slips out through the cracks. Have an energy audit performed on your home—some communities and organizations even offer them for free—and insulate, insulate, insulate!

2. Put on a sweater. Why heat up your whole home when you’re just using one room? Dress for the season. Don’t expect to be comfortable in shorts and a tank top when it’s snowing outside. Put on layers, even indoors, and bundle up under blankets when you’re not moving around.

3. Use your curtains and blinds. Curtains are good for more than just privacy, they can also help you regulate the temperature inside your home. In the winter, open your curtains or blinds during the day to let in the sunlight and close them at night to keep in the heat. In the summertime, do the opposite.

4. Cool cooking. During those Dog Days of Summer, try grilling outside or using the microwave more. It will help keep the heat out of the house so you don’t have to crank the A/C.

Reduce Waste

5. Reduce. Try to fix old things before buying new things. Buy used items whenever possible. Say “no” to drinking straws at the restaurant and plastic cutlery at the takeout.

6. Reuse. Whenever possible, opt for reusable versions of popular disposable items, including water bottles, coffee cups, diapers, and razors. Reuse plastic food containers for storage. Don’t just throw away unwanted items. Donate them. Repurpose them. Turn them into craft projects. Be creative.

7. Recycle. We all know to do it by now, but a reminder never hurts. It can be so easy to just toss that one tin can into the trash, just this one time. By being conscientious about everything you throw in the trash, recycling will become second nature.

8. Compost. When you say “recycle,” most people think of bottles, cans, and paper. Composting is nature’s original way of recycling — turning “trash” into the healthy new soil. You don’t need a complicated bin, just set aside a corner of your yard to dump out food scraps and yard debris, and turn it over every so often. Don’t have a yard? Many cities, towns, and community gardens have a public compost pile.

Eat Green

9. Eat locally. By eating foods that are in season, and grown in your local area, you not only support your local ecosystems, but your food will also be fresher and require less fuel (and carbon output) to get to you. If possible, grow your own vegetables.

10. Eat less meat. Environmental advocates and health experts agree that Americans eat too much meat. Cutting out meat for even one day a week can help to reduce the environmental impacts of meat production, and it’s good for your health.

Change Behind the Wheel

11. Drive less. Find ways to combine errands to make fewer trips. Most of us are working from home so this is helpful.

12. Keep your car well maintained. A poorly running car is a gas-guzzling car, no matter what the owner’s manual says. Keep your tires properly inflated, your engine tuned up, and follow your recommended maintenance schedule.

Remember Mom’s Advice

13. Turn it off. If you leave a room, turn off the lights. Same with the television, the stereo, or any other appliance. Switch to LED lights.

14. Be water-wise. Take shorter showers. Wait until you have a full load of laundry. Shut off the water when brushing your teeth or hand washing dishes.

15. Hang it up. Instead of using the clothes dryer, hang clothes up to dry, whether inside or outside. You only need to toss clothes into the dryer for about 10 minutes if you miss that soft out-of-the-dryer feeling.