3 Easy Ways To Change Our Earth Today
Earth Day, a day honoring the environment, began in 1970. On that day 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable way of living.
Whatever you believe, I think we can all agree in the United States we have lots of unnecessary waste.
This Earth Day I would like to give you a few easy switches that can make it big difference in reducing your household’s waste accumulation.
1. Straw Switch
Since I work for an organic skincare company, I need to first say straws aren’t the best things for your skin. They can cause lines around your mouth, but they are even worse for the environment.
According to the U.S. Department of Interior, “Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That's 46,400 school buses every year! Americans use these disposable utensils at an average rate of 1.6 straws per person per day.”
Wow. Try a stainless steel straws instead.
I like these because they are angled slightly and long enough for a Yeti, Ozark Trail, RTIC or Tervis cups (and a cleaning brush).
2. Cardboard Cup
Anyone love coffee? Here are some crazy facts from “Carry Your Cup”, a non-profit that challenges people use reusable cups.
“Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day or equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
If you buy just one cup of coffee or tea in a disposable cup every day, you’ll end up creating about 23 pounds of waste in one year.”
There are many options out there for reusable cups, but some our loaded with toxic chemicals.
Here is cost effective option that is Eco Friendly, lightweight, dishwasher safe, microwavable and, FDA-Approved and BPA-Free.
3. Water Yourself
How many bottles of water do you drink every year? Realistically, we are all put in a situation (walking through an amusement park on a hot summer day) where we grab a bottle of water. But if we can be intentional about carrying a water bottle it can make a huge change in our environment and our health.
For my friends on a budget, did you know, bottled water can cost up to 1000 times as much per gallon as tap water? Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist. 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year. Not to mention the chemicals from the bottle get into your drinking water, which you then drink.
The chemical, BPA, or bisphenol, is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Some research has shown this chemical can seep into food or beverages if the container contains BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of babies in utero, infants and children, and fertility issues in men. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure. The FDA is continuing to review and support research in this area.
I say, “Stay away.” Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers, and invest in a good water filter.
So how are you making a change in 2018?