Earth Day is an annual event on April 22nd that brings people from all across the globe together to spread awareness about environmental issues and encourage actions for a greener future. Whether it's an individual vowing to make eco-friendly choices or a business practicing corporate sustainability, this movement has the power to positively affect the health of the environment. The history of Earth Day After a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, Earth Day was created by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Harvard student Denis Hayes and a well-known eco-activist Paul Erlich in an effort to raise awareness about living organisms, the planet and the links between pollution and public health. As stated in this article, the team saw the power in passionate rallies and wanted to connect that energy in a way that would force environmental protection onto the national agenda. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans - protested in the streets, auditoriums and parks to spread the word about oil spills, polluting factories, raw sewage, pesticides and the extinction of wildlife. Now, nearly 50 years later, Earth Day is a global movement and more than 1 billion people in 180 countries are estimated to celebrate each year. Making a positive impact on the planet Since the very first Earth Day in 1970, more and more people are becoming educated about the importance of a clean, healthy planet. From elementary school Earth Day clean-ups to the creation of important environmental documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth, this globally recognized event encourages sustainability and inspires people to make eco-friendly alternatives. While some of the changes have be small, other accomplishments have been mighty. According to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network), Earth Day is responsible for some of the most important bills including The Clean Air Act of 1970, The Clean Water Act of 1972, The Endangered Species Act of 1973, The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 and much more. In addition, they report that since the initial launch of Earth Day, SO2 emissions have dropped by 40%, acid rain levels in the U.S. have decreased by 65% since 1976 and the depletion of the ozone layer has been controlled! Want to get involved? "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Meade When it comes to getting involved this Earth Day, the best place to start is within your own community. The simple act of participating and taking action can get people excited to work together to create change, which is especially great for business and team building. If you're looking for some ways to get involved for yourself or your business, here are some ideas: \tOrganize a community clean-up day on April 22. \tCommit to carpooling, walking or biking instead of driving to work. \tHost or sponsor a local Earth Day event. \tStart a tree planting initiative. \tAttend eco-conferences to learn more about being green in your industry. \tAlways reduce, reuse and recycle. \tAvoid purchasing products that are manufactured in harmful ways. \tShare your eco-commitment to spread the word. How seed paper promotions benefit the plant & send a powerful Earth Day message Did you know that 50% of the waste that businesses create is composed of paper? Reducing the paper trail is one of the easiest ways to make an eco-friendly change for Earth Day and seed paper products from Botanical PaperWorks are the best way to do it. Created with post-consumer materials, this paper is embedded with seeds that grow REAL wildflowers when planted. As a natural pollinator for declining honeybee and butterfly populations, wildflower plantable paper will help you benefit the natural eco-system within the community while leaving NO waste behind. Since the biodegradable paper composts away, you can feel good that your business cards, bookmarks or even product packaging will actually benefit the environment instead of damaging it. Created with biodegradable materials, seed paper is embedded with NON-GMO seeds that grow wildflowers, herbs, or vegetables when planted in a pot or garden. Learn more about how you can incorporate this special eco-frienldy paper into your next corporate promotion by subscribing to our newsletter, and download our full Seed Paper Promotions Catalog.