The SpareFoot philosophy is all about doing things big, so this year we decided to stretch Earth Day into Earth Weekend. It kicks off with Alternative Transportation Day on April 20, when employees will bike, hike, carpool, or take mass transit to work.
“Hopefully, the body odor I generate from biking to work doesn’t count as a carbon emission,” Marketing Intern Matt quipped. Even if his fear becomes reality, SpareFoot has a plan for redemption. In the wee hours of April 21, SpareFeet will rise and shine to garden veggies at local community-supported agriculture co-op Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
Marketing Analyst Rachel is particularly inspired by this organic farm’s mission and branding: “They evolved from one family’s urban backyard garden to a 1,000-member operation across 70 acres of land. We started around our founder’s living room table, ourselves.”
Not only will our team’s efforts help preserve the local environment, they will also improve the lives of its inhabitants. SpareFoot is donating 100 percent of our pickings to JBG partner organization Settlement Home for Children.
“It’s one thing to throw a bunch of cans into a box,” added Matt, “but providing fresh, green veggies that you’ve cultivated with your own hands makes you more connected to those in need.”
As a tech startup, SpareFoot does our part to stay green year-round. Even before the City of Austin implemented free downtown recycling pickup, Office Manager Genivieve took the initiative to organize our own program for office waste.
“We went online and ordered the bins, and we had to separate and take it ourselves,” she explained. “We absolutely don’t want to be wasteful.”
As SpareFoot Earth Weekend approaches, JBG should be prepared to host our bunch of eager produce-pickers. SpareFoot’s trademark competitive spirit flows through everything we do, especially for a good cause.