One Small Step

As we have outlined over the last couple pages of our blogs, we aim to bring innovation of tomorrow to your attention today so that you can be aware of new shifts in the general trends of everyday things that can make an impact on our beautiful planet. Today, we would like to talk about the space that we use as our office location. This building is in the heart of the city, and one would think that there would be no way in which to make any impactful changes to the overall feel and utility of our building, but in that case you’d be wrong.

We worked closely with our roofing contractor first and foremost. The roof of our, and your building is an area that will have the most direct interaction with the weather patterns of your city. Whether this i

roofer builder worker with pulverizer spraying paint on metal sheet roof
roofer builder worker with pulverizer spraying paint on metal sheet roof

s sun, rain, wind or otherwise. We chose our contractors based on their willingness to work with our ideas, and their ability to implement them. We knew that we wanted three major things on our roof, solar panels, rain water collection and a garden. Ourselves and our contractor worked closely together to come up with a blueprint for these ideas, to properly section off the various areas, and to make the dream come to life.

We managed to section off a third of the roof that we use as a miniature greenhouse to grow our own herbs and other small plants, we laid three tracts of solar panels, and have five separate rain collection locations around. This water collected is used in our office for a multitude of purposes, cutting our water bill by nearly half, the solar panels cut our electricity bill by two thirds, and the herb garden, is great for salads. But we also sell some of them at a local market to which the funds go to our operating costs. These initial investments have paid for themselves over the last couple years, and we are the one unit in our building that uses the least amount of energy.

Even in making these changes for our own personal office use, the local businesses around us have started to follow our lead and make their own adjustments in the area. In our block alone, there is now seven businesses using solar panels, three collecting water, and our neighbors also have a garden, which we enjoying trading with on a regular basis. These small changes have not only allowed us to make a small impact on our operations, but also have served to bring our area together a little more as we speak with surrounding businesses about ideas, shared innovations and more.

No matter the change you make, or whether or not you believe our projects are making any impact at all, the idea is to catch the bug, to make your own small changes to a small item of your life, and see what difference you can bring. You can save some money, or maybe, together we can save the world.

We All Go Around

In our last blog post we gave a brief overview of our objective here, and I figured the best way to give a more detailed introduction is to talk about us as individuals and our offices in general, as this is a way that we have taken it upon ourselves to provide an area that is less impactful on the planet than others in our position. It starts with us as people. We are a collective of individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds. We have engineers, environmentalists, and a wide range of others in the group. We all approach from a different angle to give a different viewpoint.

We are not a company, or a business of any sort, we are a collective of people who accumulate information, and spread it out for others to grab a hold of. Our engineer for instance, will bring up information about new building materials that are made from mainly recycled sources, we put the information out there on our website, on our blog and otherwise, and you, the reader has access to it, gains a little more information, and who knows, maybe uses that information to bring more awareness yourself. Maybe you’re a business owner looking for a new innovation to pique your customers interests. The availability from the point of gathering the information is endless really.

We have taken our interest in these items to a whole new level with our office space as well. We have solar panels, a water reservoir for drinking and waste water, we have a garden, and a number of other little things that assist us in providing ourselves with an environment we can be proud of, and lives up to the goals of the information we provide. To bring new and interesting ways of dealing with the need for current items, but in a way that looks out for the future of the planet and the people we care about.

We aim to leave our planet a little better of than how we found it, and for as hippy as that may sound, it is sound advice. We’re sure no one has looked at a smoke stack on a factory and thought, “this is the greatest thing ever”. We all inherently know the damages we cause, and yet feel strangely powerless to actually do anything about it. With a simple tweak or two to the status quo though, we have the power to completely change the way things work now, and to provide more sustainable means of progression.

After all, we all want our children and their children to grow up healthy on a planet that provides for them. So let’s take a little piece of time that we have for ourselves, and dedicate it to them, even if it’s only reading up on a new invention, or method of waste or otherwise, and passing along that tidbit of information to be shared alike, until those with the power to change have it in their ears.

Excitement

We assume that the vast majority of individuals inhabiting this planet know what the third rock from the sun is, that’s us, Earth. This big beautiful blue orb in the first rings of our solar system has given birth to our existence, and it’s something that we never take for granted. We are an initiative of individuals who take part in various methods of actions that are put into place to protect our planet. We understand that it’s easy to just view this as hippy speak for another group of individuals who are out to tell you to recycle and eat more hemp, but that’s not our directive. What we aim to do is to follow up with, and support innovations that help us as a society in a way that protects our home.

The evidence of our transgressions is all over our planet, the uses of CFC’s and the effects that pollution has had on our planet. And yet, we know that simply standing on a soapbox and yelling at you for what you’re doing is not the way to go about things. We need to have a place that we can sit, and talk, and share, in a way that opens eyes to new and alternative means without chastising those who don’t partake in them. We all know those types of people, the vegan who won’t stop telling you about how meat is murder, or the animal lover who yells at you for killing a mosquito. These people tend to be drowned out as they take their interests too far, whereas we believe that if you present the information to people that is out there, and allow them to make their own informed choices, that you have a much better ability to make a smarter choice when presented with the old ways and the new ones.

A good case in point to these is learning about recycling programs. Everyone seems to love the idea of recycling, but few understand the ramifications of doing so. The more items to pick up, the more vehicles, the more by products and so forth. The chain of breaking away from old forms and habits needs to start from the start. Better, more biodegradable packaging, means of transporting good that leave less of a carbon footprint, all without sacrificing the quality of the products that we have grown to love. All of these measures are being put into place by a number of companies around the world, and in our own backyard, and we feel that if the attention is brought to them, then people can choose to support it.

This is our initiative at Third Planet Inc. To bring you the information that we find, to share our information, and our collective knowledge about the ups and downs of these ideas, and to give you the information you may not find otherwise to make your own choices on the matter. What you do with that information is up to you.