Sara Starkoff Green founded G3 Give Green Gifts in 2010, as the result of a personal “a-ha” moment. Long committed to living a green, eco-conscious lifestyle, she was struck by how much waste her family was creating from giftwrap at various gift-giving occasions. After some initial research, her concerns were confirmed: Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S. As much as half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans consume every year goes toward packaging, wrapping and decorating goods.
Sara initially made the commitment to use beautiful reusable bags as gift bags but found herself using tissue paper, gift tags, greeting cards and more just to complete a gift. She knew there had to be something better, thus The Give Bag™ was born. The Give Bag was created as a simple, fun, sustainable, cost-effective way for people everywhere to positively impact Mother Earth.
A true entrpreneur, Sara opened a Palm Beach event coordination firm in 2003 and successfully produced special events for nearly a decade. In her work with events, Sara saw first-hand the need for “green elegance” across the event industry, and specifically in gift and favor presentations. Sara is a former columnist and published author, and is truly passionate about Mother Earth and committed to living green. Her philanthropic work includes leadership positions in various local community activities. She lives in South Florida with her husband and their two daughters.
I challenge you to make the parenting journey as much about your own development, growth and enlightenment as it is to bring those qualities to your childrens' lives. Choose one thing each day that you will do to improve yourself and your role as a parent or caretaker. Start simple...for example, commit to no phone calls in the car when you are with your kids. Do it for one day. Don't turn on the DVD player in the car, don't hand them an iTouch or iPad or other electronic distraction. Engage them. Ask them questions. Exercise their brain. Show them love and attention. Aside from the physical dangers of talking on the phone while driving, when we talk on the phone with our kids in the car, we are telling them that they are less important than whomever we are talking to. The moments we have uninterrupted with our children are few and far between in this fast-paced, chaotic world. So, create this positive engagement with your own children. Learn about their day and their world and you will be amazed at their receptiveness AND the growth in your own heart.
Until next time...thanks for joining me on this journey of Conscious Living!