You've probably noticed that green is everywhere these days: in the news, politics, fashion, and even technology. You can hardly escape it on the Internet. While it's easy to get overwhelmed, it's also simple to begin making a positive impact.
As globalization makes the world become smaller, it becomes increasingly easy to see how the lives of people (and plants and animals and ecosystems) everywhere are closely synced up with one another. So toys made in China can affect the quality of life in Europe, pesticides used in Argentina can affect the health of people in the U.S., and greenhouse gas emissions from Australia can affect a diminishing rainforest in Brazil...
The truth is that everything we do every day has an impact on the planet, good or bad. The good news is that as an individual you have the power to control most of your choices and the impact you create: from where you live to what you buy, eat, and use to light your home to where and how you vacation, to how you shop, you can have global impact
Real food is fuel for the body...and the planet. By following the green eaters' mantra (eat seasonal, local, organic foods) you can enjoy fresher, tastier foods and improve your personal health. According to one study, organic milk has 68 percent more beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. Making green food choices also has global consequences. Buying local means supporting the local economy and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions required to get food from its origin to your plate. Buying fresh food means reducing packaging and energy used for processing. Choosing organic foods means helping promote organic agriculture and responsible land use.
The average woman absorbs more than 4 pounds of cosmetics during her lifetime. Guys, you're not off the hook. Your skin -- the body's largest organ -- absorbs up to 60 percent of the products you put on it every day, from soaps to shampoos to sunscreens. Considering that most of us use about 10 different products daily, that can really add up. Choosing green personal care products often means using plant-based ingredients in place of petrochemicals, preventing these chemicals from being absorbed into your skin.
Water is not a renewable resource. Clean water is perhaps the planet's most precious resource, and, with the increasing effects of global climate change, for many regions across the globe, our ability to have enough high-quality H20 on hand could likely to change in the near future. Being water conscious helps reduce strain on municipal treatment systems and ensures there's enough to go around. By shifting away from bottled water, we can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (from shipping), the energy required to produce (petroleum-derived) plastic, and the volume of waste trucked to our landfills (from empty bottles).
Overall, Going green is a personal choice that is embraced by individuals to contribute towards the betterment of this planet and make this place a better place to live for future generations to come. Simply put: Make...better...choice! This is YOUR planet!
~And speaking of water bottle production: So Where Does Your Plastic Water Bottle End up?
There is soooooo much truth in this picture! Let's take a look at WHY? We all understand the general facts about plastic bottles and the need to recycle but often times we forget just how big of a problem this little plastic killer is! We guzzle our 12 or so ounces of expensive water and, more often than not, that one little plastic bottle gets tossed in the trash. "But I recycle"...hmmmm...nobody is perfect. Think back to that very first water bottle that you purchased. Was it decades ago? Now, think about all of the water bottles that you have purchased or had your hands on since the very first time you were introduced to this product. Now, has every single one of those bottles made it to the recycling plant? You are an individual...just one person. Think about just how many water bottles that you, as a single person, have come in contact with...millions right?? Now, think about a ballpark number of human beings...about how many people in our world that have access to this plastic commodity. Think back to the first time they put their hands on one of these bottles...and how many bottles have they handled since. So you can see what we are getting at here. The number is astronomical and simply cannot be attained...as a 4 year old would say: the number is in the GAGILLIONS! So...where have all of these bottles ended up?? Good question, right? I'm pretty confident in saying that a good number of them have been recycled, hopeful thinking. But...scroll down. And then revisit this very thought.
Most plastic water bottles are not recycled. The vast majority of the 1.5 million tons of plastic that is used globally each year for water bottles end up in landfills because many bottles are consumed on the move, away from home.
A huge problem with plastic bottles and other plastic materials is that they can take decades or even centuries to degrade. Essentially, they're with us in the environment forever.
...I mean, seriously, people...THIS IS OUR WORLD!
Here we see a man peacefully rowing his boat through...uhhhh...hmmmm...GROSS!
There is a simple solution to this GROWING EPIDEMIC!!
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