Where are you right now as you’re reading this? Who is around you? What if you, right now, turned off your phone, closed your laptop computer, or walked away from your desk and didn’t finish reading this article? We couldn’t really be mad at you, because we kind of plan to do the same thing, as part of the National Day of Unplugging on March 6th-7th. At Plywerk, we won’t be answering phones, replying to emails, or running our hair dryers for a full 24 hours starting the evening of the 6th.
If you are still reading, then here are a couple reasons why we’re choosing to do this. For one, it’s a good reminder of how much energy we use every day. That energy comes from somewhere, and it’s easy to take it for granted. We work hard to ensure our facilities are as green as possible, that our photo display products are sustainable and eco-conscious, and that the materials that go into packing and shipping them is recyclable. Stanley, our picture display stand, is even made from upcycled Western Walnut, and we find a second life for our scrap wood in the form of keychains for Green Drop Garage and craft materials for SCRAP. But we still need to be reminded of our energy impact from time to time.
The second reason we’re choosing to participate, and the real reason for the National Day of Unplugging, is to get back in touch with the world physically around us. Let’s put down our smartphones and start up a conversation with the person next to us. Let’s get outside and explore the outdoors. Let’s eat some great food, drink a pint of craft beer, and laugh about stupid things with our friends and family. (Or laugh about smart things. Either way works, really.)
So I think it’s time I shut down this computer. I hope you’ll join us in doing the same.