With the birth of my son fast approaching, I wanted to take a stand. I wanted to create a community where real people could come and learn about environmental hazards and the simple changes they could make for their families, the environment and their pocketbook. I enlisted the help of one of the most passionate people I know, my mom, and we set out to create change.
For us, it mattered that change was easy and simple. It mattered that change could come from a small action that anyone could do, regardless of time and money. We also were determined to take a stand against plastic bags. It’s easy to see why – toxic and foul litter in the four corners of the planet, killing marine life and choking our natural resources. It seemed the perfect fit. What if we could get every person in North America to stop using plastic bags?
So, Conservingnow.com was born from this passion. ConservingNow is our one-stop shop for changing habits and of course, lives. We structured it around what was needed to change convenience habits – community, and of course a little help from fantastic reminder products!
Since its launch, ConservingNow has blossomed into an incredible community of passionate people. We have learned from one another that saving the planet isn’t just for ourselves – it is for our future. To this end, we have three goals – 1) get everyone on board with bringing their own bags by creating a simple and free car window static cling reminder to help everyone remember to bring their bags into the store; 2) teach young people about the impact of plastic bags on the environment by providing highly interactive classroom kits that involve the entire family; and lastly, 3) provide a wealth of partner programs for corporations, community organizations and municipalities to help them achieve their environmental objectives.
But we are not done. Not even close. These first years have renewed our passion time and time again. Each day our inbox is filled with stories of passion and commitment from our community members across the country who are working hard to create change in this local communities. But that’s not the best part – the best part is tucking my son into bed at night knowing that his generation will be different. His generation will know that convenience items aren’t so and that our disposable habits were harming the planet. His generation will be different. And though we can’t take all the credit for that change, we are delighted that we can say we played a part. A small and simple part – just like we remind our community members to do every day.
by Meghan Crowell, co-founder of ConservingNow.