The Importance of One Percent

The Importance of One Percent

There is a famous Chinese proverb that says “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.” 

This saying can be interpreted in different ways, but certainly the most obvious one is that any task, no matter how difficult, starts off small. It is the constant use of these small objectives that finally allows us to see the bigger picture and eventually accomplish our goals. This mindset is important for those of us who sometimes get anxious when faced with a tough job.

It’s also important to remember this mindset when it comes to sustainability or reducing our environmental impact. It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed with the idea that we aren’t reaching our goals fast enough, or we aren’t doing as much as we could. But it’s a process! Switching to a more sustainable lifestyle is a journey of a thousand miles. Taking that one first step is important! Small, consistent steps over a long period add up. This process helps us create better habits, to be more mindful, to build self-discipline, and so much more.

A globe shows North America
A globe shows North America. Photo by Adolfo Félix on Unsplash

This where the 1% for the Planet foundation began. The idea is simple: regardless of how much money is made, a business will donate one percent of gross sales towards environmental nonprofit organizations. Since 1% for the Planet began in 2002, over $250 million has been given to incredible groups dedicated to protecting the environment. 

1% for the Planet operates through environmental commitment in six areas: climate, food, land, water, pollution, and wildlife. A business is then able to search through trusted and verified nonprofits specializing in each category. This ensures that the business knows where exactly that one percent of funds are going. 

UppWell is proud to be one of the businesses taking part in this incredible change. 

A glass cup of iced coffee with a metal straw.
A glass cup of iced coffee with a metal straw. Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Though UppWell is a new independent business, the impact that 1% for the Planet has reaches people from all walks of life all over the world. By creating regular donations to grassroots environmental causes, people involved in these groups can do on-the-ground work to help protect the planet. These can include things like reducing the dependency of fossil fuels in an area, political/legal action towards sustainability, natural resource conservation, and so much more.

1% for the Planet came from an idea of accessibility. UppWell is thrilled to be assisting in this amazing endeavour because we care about the environment! As well as donating one percent of profits, UppWell is producing products with sustainability in mind. With our plastic-free packaging as well as sustainably sourced, reusable products, UppWell is manufacturing with ethics in mind. 

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