If you’re planning a business lunch on Wednesday, October 6 consider adding an eco twist to it by participating in Earth Lunch Hour. Earth Lunch Hour (ELH) is a 24-hour event being organized by the folks at the Panasonic Corporation. The event officially kicks off at 11 am in Japan and runs for 24 hours. The 24-hour format of the event allows businesses and consumers around the world to participate in Earth Lunch Hour.

To help facilitate the event, Panasonic employees will be streaming Earth Lunch Hour events live via Ustream. In addition to the official Earth Lunch Hour streaming video from Japan, Ustream already has several streams set up from participating countries including ELH Brazil, ELH India, ELH Dubai, ELH Tanzania and an ELH stream from New Jersey.

If you can’t set up a live Earth Lunch Hour stream of your own, you can share your event by following @EarthLunchHour on Twitter and using the hashtag #EarthLunch.

So now that you know about Earth Lunch Hour, you need to know what you can do to celebrate the planet during your eco-oriented Wednesday lunch. The organizers of the event have you covered on that front, as well. During Earth Lunch Hour you should focus on eco-friendly food selection, food preparation, cleaning up and manners.

This is the perfect time to focus on local and organic foods. Check out our article on interesting locavore statistics for more information on the local food movement. Now on to eco-friendly clean-up ideas: MNN’s Your Home blogger Matt Hickman recently published his green fall cleaning user’s guide. Baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice can go a long way. The final part of Earth Lunch Hour is manners. Even as adults, we sometimes need to be reminded about proper etiquette at mealtime.

Beyond the direct Earth Lunch Hour activities, the organizers at Panasonic are also encouraging participants to share their favorite green recipes through the eco ideas KITCHEN. Ideas should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Nothing-wasted recipes
  • Recipe remakes
  • Food preservation
  • Kitchen hacks
For more information about the event or to sign up as a supporter, visit the official Earth Lunch Hour website.

Photo: Earth Lunch Hour

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