In honor of Earth Day, the annual holiday that brings awareness to the environment, we’ve decided to gather some of our favorite architecture with living walls. We’ve got everything from workplaces that grow their own lunches (yum!) to single-family homes veiled in greenery (wow!). Enjoy the green walls!
Spring: A time of restoring and renewing. A time of plans and projects. A time for spring cleaning. A time when most people want to clean out garages, closets and junk drawers. You know the drawers we're talking about—especially the one that serves as a graveyard of old cell phones and electronics. As springtime arrives, what if you could give new life to those old cell phones? What if you had an easy way to do that? What if recycling phones could help the environment? What if recycling those old phones could help save a life?
Hope Phones lets individuals, organizations, and companies give their old phones a new life on the frontlines of global health. We didn’t want to create a vehicle to simply dispose of something that still can be used, that still has value. We like to think of the Hope Phones campaign as more than a recycling or upcycling effort. We are renewing something to create an even greater value, driven towards both environmental and social impact.
Your phone is recycled and the value it generates is used to purchase new equipment, support local health workers and increasingly to help improve patient health through our parent organization, Medic Mobile. Funds generated from our campaigns have supported improving healthcare efforts to across the globe from Nepal to Nairobi. In fact, these efforts have also created a burgeoning new set of social entrepreneurs.
Earth Day began in 1970 as a response to an oil spill. The idea was to push more people to think about the problems that were plaguing the country’s air and water as a way of making people care about solving them. These days, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22—this Sunday.
But in an age when we’re more likely to talk about “going green” instead of “saving the environment” Earth Day has become a commercial opportunity for the hoards of companies with green products to sell. We wanted to celebrate the day by thinking about what we might do, instead of what we might buy, in order to help the planet.
I’m often amazed by the convergence of so many important, sacred holidays within the same few weeks of the year. If a being from a different planet came to earth this week and got a bird’s eye view, I wonder what lessons they would take away from this coming together on the calendar? I doubt they’d take sides—as in “this tradition good, that one is bunk!” All of them ask people to change their routine in honor of something bigger. Here are some lessons they might take away: