Climate change is occurring at an alarming rate and has many broad-reaching impacts on human health, the economy, and the stability of the natural environment. Increased emissions of greenhouse gases that trap heat and block it from escaping the atmosphere drive significant global disruption to climate systems as we know them. Low-income, indigenous, and communities of color are already bearing the brunt of climate change and are disproportionately on the front lines of environmental disasters. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.

NEW PROGRAMS PART OF BIGGER SUSTAINABILITY GOAL

Shop LC has new sustainability programs at its Austin headquarters. We are introducing recycling and composting throughout our campus. Our goal is to reduce waste while raising awareness for employees, our vendors, and you, our customer! The facilities in Jaipur, which manufacture most of our jewelry, have already taken many steps to improve operations.

With that in mind, we’ve entered a partnership with Waste Management for single-stream recycling. Break-It Down Austin is going to help us with our new composting program. Together, our programs will serve our workforce of about 600 employees.

Employees are training to learn better techniques for recycling and composting. In addition, we’ve installed brand new signage across our campus that help direct employees to rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’re also making these signs and training freely available for other businesses who want to step up their recycling game.

HOW TO HELP

When life around the world returns to normal, our world cannot return to business-as-usual. We have the ability to make a difference in every industry, but that can only happen when we work together. Join EARTHDAY.ORG to Restore Our Earth as we come together to make clear that climate action and restoration cannot wait. Restore Our Earth focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the campaign rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change.

Restore Our Earth encompasses goals and actions including reforestation, regenerative agriculture and sustainable food, plastic cleanups, climate literacy, and citizen science. From capturing carbon and supporting the health and resilience of communities, to advocating for compulsory, assessed climate education, we have the ability to make lasting changes.

SUPPORT FOR OUR COMMUNITY

“This is just one of many sustainability initiatives from Shop LC,” says Michelle Long, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “We love that we are making an impact to improve the planet and can help other businesses do the same. Since we’ve done the work, why not share it?”

Businesses can contact michelle.long@shoplc.com at Shop LC to receive more info about the program and the signage.

AN INVITATION TO MAKE A CHANGE

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Today, we invite you to be a part of Earth Day and to help further climate action across the globe

Restoration is imperative to fighting climate change and making the Earth a safer, healthier, and more equitable place to live. It’s time to step up. It’s time to make a change.