Earth Day: Green Behind the Scenes

Started in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated WORLDWIDE (193 countries!) each April 22nd, to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness for our environment on both a global and a local scale; proof of this can be seen in the beautifully crafted green space atop center-city Charlotte’s very own Ritz-Carlton hotel. This rooftop space houses more than just vibrant spring flowers and garden veggies, its home to more than 100,000 Cloister honey bees! It’s no secret that Cloister Honey takes pride in the local environment, by first and foremost saving the buzz!

It was 6 years ago on this day that Cloister Honey installed the first 2 beehives atop the Ritz Carlton in celebration of Earth Day.  Since then, these bees have helped this rooftop garden double in size. The fruits, veggies, and herbs grown here are used by the hotel chef and sold in their Lobby Farmers Market and Community Garden. Even the honey these hives produce is used in the Ritz’s kitchen, at Bar Cocoa, in cocktails at The Punch Room, and in detox treatment at the hotel spa!

Interested in seeing this great space for yourself? The Ritz offers free “Green Behind the Scenes” tours! Head to their website to learn more!

So on this day, you may be wondering how YOU can get involved. Don’t worry, we got you! The Cloister Honey team has come up 10 fun and simple ways to give back to Mother Earth on her special day ....

  • Plant a tree, variety of flowers, or herb garden.
  • Use public transportation, ride a bike, or walk instead of driving today.  Make yourself an easy goal to do it once a month.
  • Recycle all possible products and volunteer to pick up trash in your local area. 
  • Add décor to your kitchen and cut down on paper towels by bringing dishtowels and dishrags back into fashion.
  • Bring reusable bags to grocery store and use produce bags as small trashcan liners
  • Be sure to use a reusable water bottle
  • Shorten shower and turn off water when brushing teeth
  • Turn off lights and unplug appliances when not using.  We unplug our office printer when we leave for the weekend!
  • Install a programmable thermostat to turn off/or down when you’re not home and change your air filters often.
  • Lastly - Shop Local and enjoy being outdoors!