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"Pat on the Back" exercise at RHI retreat. An opportunity for staff to reflect on all of the positives that others see in them and a reminder of the importance of patting oneself on the back. #RedHook | #NonProfit | #Professionals
The end of summer is near so we have to take advantage of last minute beach time!
Our lovely home during the week! @greenfestival #asheville
Check out this lending library/book exchange! Created out of an old phone booth, people are allowed to simply take a book, if they drop one off! How great is that! #SharingIsCaring #Recycle #Ecofriendly #BookShare #CreativeThinking
@littlemittenvintage growing some greens in an old bed frame. _____________________________ Grow something and share with us what you are growing using #growsomethinggreen
Lots of special things this week :) for those of you that saw our mechanical cufflinks in the Sun Herald on the weekend here are some very limited edition versions, made by our amazing Sydney artisans Juan & Olivia, they're pretty amazing! These ones definitely won't make it online before fathers day so if youre interested email us on sales@upcyclestudio.com.au Silver ones are $199 and the gold ones are $299, we still have a few sets of the Sun Herald ones available too, these ones are $149 #reclaimed #watchparts #upcycle #upcycled #cufflinks #fathersday #upcyclestudio
Irish whiskey barrel bottle openers, for the dad that has everything, comes with a personalised number to track the history of the barrel. Limited qty available, $49 each, not online yet so email us on sales@upcyclestudio.com.au to claim one #upcycle #recycled #upcycled #reclaimed #whiskey #barrel #fathersday #upcyclestudio

Leave Your Surroundings Cleaner Than When You Arrived

When I first started mentoring interns one of the first things I told them was that they always had to leave their work area cleaner than when they came to it. Over time this metaphor became the most powerful thing I think I can teach them.

Leave your surroundings cleaner than when you arrived…..

If that isn’t the most beautiful mantra to live by I don’t know what is. And unless it isn’t painfully obvious, by “cleaner” I don’t mean organized or disinfected. I mean leave nothing behind but footprints in the sand.

And because of the laws of entropy this does not mean simply not making a mess. By merely living you make a mess. Even the most austere yogi consumes, kills other creatures, and creates waste. So if you really want to leave the world cleaner than when you arrived you have to actively clean up.

And you can’t just clean up after yourself. Because the world is global and most of your mess is actually being made by a manufacturer across the planet, it isn’t enough to simply keep your own life clean. You have to proactively clean up after others if you want to even make a dent in the mess your life creates around the world.

As a New York green builder I am blessed by an occupation where I spend my days cleaning up after other people. So this mantra is easy for me. We are constantly salvaging other peoples’ garbage and creating beautiful eco homes out of it. I can think of nothing more satisfying than knowing each day I have made the world a better place. I am very grateful.

Here is a great clip on this topic that shows how you can create friendship, a sense of connection, a sense of purpose and a sense of fulfillment by simply picking up garbage. It is a powerful and simple message, and one that I plan on doing with my interns. We are going to the Gowanus Canal, which happens to be a block from the Eco Brooklyn Green Show House, with a bunch of garbage bags and a six pack of good beer to leave it cleaner than when we arrived.


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