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Better Choices , Issue #02 -- Doing What Matters For Earth Day, April 22, 2007
April 19, 2007
Are You Living Green?
What's In This Issue:
What are you doing for Earth Day? Lately we hardly need any reminders about our planet Earth. Global warming is on the news almost everyday. And that's good. Being informed and then acting on what we know will make a difference.
Within NLW's website the focus is on making purchases that are smarter for ourselves and the environment. What we purchase can have a big effect. The Union of Concerned Scientists tells us that the most harmful consumer activities in order of most harmful to least are:
They have thoroughly studied this and put their results in a book the Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. Their findings involved looking at all that goes in to growing, producing or manufacturing these items we use or eat and their environmental impact.
It was surprising to find food so high on the list. The factors considered were fertilizers, pesticides, animal wastes, water use, methane emissions from rice crops and livestock, air pollution and greenhouse gases from equipment use.
All these added up to create a lot of pollution from food production especially for meat and poultry. They encourage us to focus on items that have the biggest impact if we make more environmentally sounds choices or reduce consumption.
Don't worry so much about paper or plastic.
They thoroughly studied these and couldn't find a clear cut winner. Now if we stop using either that would make a big impact. It really is the best solution to the paper of plastic problem.
According to Reusablebags.com as of today over 136,000,000,000 plastic bags have been used this year.
If you think about it, fossil fuels are pumped from the ground to create new plastic bags for us to use to carry our stuff home and then many of us throw them away or try to recycle and if we aren't careful to keep them clean the whole recycled load can end up trashed.
Whew!! What a waste. Think of all the resources we could save by using reusable bags. It's a simple idea and something any one can do.
I am trying to use fabric bags. And I'm seeing more people shopping and using them. I just can't remember my bags. They won't fit in to my purse so I put them on the table by the front door for me to take and put in my car so that they're ready for use.
Sometimes they even make it to my car where they will stay until I need to go shopping. But then I find myself in the store and the clerk will say paper or plastic and I'm thinking great, they're in the car, can you wait? Right like that's going to happen.
I am ashamed to say I have been doing this for quite a while and still forget. I hear others have the same problem. Any one have a good solution?
I hear some stores are going to begin offering credits to shoppers who bring in their own bags. Now we're talking. Nothing like a little monetary incentive.
So for Earthday celebrate our wonderful planet by committing to being more informed and making changes. Start somewhere. Maybe with those annoying plastic bags.
For some great additional information, I can point you to several directions.
This is a European site so the calculations are metric but I like this one for it's simplicity and it gives a good idea of the savings in Co2 emissions from everyday simple changes.
This book is a wealth of information broken down into easily understandable and interesting sections.
They have a great website with lots of good info, don't be put off by the name. It's not a technical site, it's very user friendly for us non technical types.
New Additions to NLW websiteI have made quite a few additions to my site in the past month and hope that it is beneficial to you as we all try to take better care of ourselves while being conscientious about our purchases. Just click on the links in the text below and you will be taken to the right page.
Happy Earth Day Everyone
Well, that's all for this month. Until next time. Have a great month.
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