I have to remember when I visit my friends that they don’t work for a reusable bag company, and therefore they may not be as perpetually conscious about plastic bags as I am!
The issue is serious, though I find it funny how often I catch myself cringing when walking down the streets of New York City, seeing them everywhere. They’re in the streets, they’re in the trees, they’re being used by the people…
Now, I’m not going to reprimand any passerby’s and wave my canvas tote in any faces… the most I’ll do with strangers is speak just a smidge louder at a check out when saying, “No, I don’t use plastic bags, I brought my own.”
When out with my friends, it’s much more certain that my voice is being heard. ”We just picked up a 6-pack… do we really need a plastic bag to take this to the car?” Whatever the item may be, the response is usually, “Oh, I didn’t even think about that..” or “Fine, whatever [insert eye roll due to constant reminding on the topic].”
Makes me wish that cashiers would encourage customers to bring their own bag when shopping! Wouldn’t that be ideal…
I carry my ECOBAGS® totes everywhere. My favorite is one made from recycled cotton that I used as gifts for this independent film I worked on last summer. It’s a lighter material that fits well into other bags if need be.
I see a lot of canvas bags out there too, don’t get me wrong, but I’m looking forward to the day when reusable bags are the go-to choice over plastic!
Let’s set the example and BYOBag!
Your personality matters tremendously! Not only must you convince a prospective client that you can do the work, but you’ve got to show them that you are great to work with, too. One way I like to think of it is, would this person be fine with flying across the country with me on a business trip? Would the trip be pleasant? If yes, well done.
If you’re working on a project involving a number of people, you’ll have to navigate through all of their personalities and working styles. It takes some practice to identify the characteristics and roles that will help to complete a project effectively: you should work to be a team member that is reliable, has a good attitude, and frankly, doesn’t annoy the crap out of people.
The best work will be done when everyone is working fluidly -- one cog out of place can stall the whole process. Be the person who helps to move the project forward, not someone who holds it back by not doing what you should, or disrupting those that have it together.
Contribute positively and you will be remembered for doing so.
— with Ronnie Palejwala, Anna Thomas, Stephanie Schneider and Julia Costa atUndergraduate Marketing Organization.
Been almost a year since my entrepreneurial venture officially began, and boy, there have been some great experiences and lessons learned!
For the 10 days leading up to the 1 year (starting tomorrow), I'll share some of my biggest insights with you all -- so stay tuned and keep posted on Toro Communications and this blog! Each of you, whether you know it or not, has shaped the direction I've gone and am going. I look forward to reflecting~
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