Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The goal of the first event planned was to raise awareness about pollution and the environment. Environmental issues were not on the minds of businesses, or individuals, at that time. In 1970, it was not unusual to have industry spew toxic waste into the air, or run waste into nearby streams. Senator Gaylord Nelson, from Wisconsin, wanted environmental issues to gain more attention. He planned the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. He envisioned an educational day which would bring greater attention to caring for the environment.

Earth Day went global in 1990 with 200 million people participating in over 140 nations! Today the Earth Day Network works with 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. One billion people are involved, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

2020 Earth Day Theme

“Climate Action” is the theme for Earth Day 2020. The initial plan was to celebrate with The Great Global Clean Up. The goal was to dedicate today to remove trash from green spaces and urban cities. With the onset of the Coronavirus, our entire world has needed to make adaptations to our schedules. While gathering with your local civic or school group is not possible, picking up trash today, or any day, is still beneficial. Fresh air may be a welcome stress reliever during stay at home orders. Picking up trash obviously benefits the environment, but will benefit you as well! This is a simple, free activity, that anyone can enjoy. It allows parents to spend time with their children while helping to beautify the environment that we all share.

Recycling is Essential

“Essential” and “Non-essential” businesses are rather new terms over the last 6 – 8 weeks. Our business is essential, helping other companies operate smoothly during the Coronavirus pandemic. Local businesses depend on having their sawdust and wood strips picked up. BIO BLOCK Firelogs are made from 100% recycled sawdust. Our facility¬† processes hardwood sawdust every week to build inventory. In the winter, families rely on BIO BLOCKS as an Eco-friendly, domestic fuel source. Sawdust blocks are burned as an alternative to traditional wood, or can be combined with wood. Additionally, cardboard and material from manufacturing is recycled.

Protecting and conserving natural resources ensures the sustainability of the Earth. If we all reduce, reuse, and recycle, we will celebrate many more Earth Day’s together. Happy 50th Anniversary!


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