Earth Month Tip: Waste Reduction

by Vince Digneo
Apr 24, 2014 8:00 AM ET

Earth Day provides a great opportunity to take a moment to appreciate our planet and reflect on ways we can help protect it. In honor of Earth Day, we’re focusing this week’s post on waste reduction. Be sure to catch up on some of our energy and water conservation tips, too.

In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and only recycled or composted nearly 87 million tons of it. That is equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling and composting rate.[1] Put it another way, that’s similar to each person generating 4.38 pounds of waste per day, or one 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro, and only recycling or composting 1.51 pounds of this waste, or roughly one regular iPad with a cover.[2]

That’s why Adobe pays close attention to our waste and keeps an eye on the environmental footprint of our operations. This includes everything from implementing an employee-driven recycling and composting program to reducing the amount of packaging per product. Today our product packaging is fully recyclable – and we’re working to reduce the amount of packaging by 80 percent by 2015.

If everyone around the world were to simply increase their recycling and composting efforts, we could reduce our environmental footprint, increase our energy production, and save vital resources for the next generation. Here are some easy ways to make a big impact:

How are you increasing your recycling or composting efforts? Share your insights, photos and tips for us on your social channels using #EarthMonth.

Vince Digneo is Adobe’s sustainability strategist.