World Ecology Day
In recognition of the relationship humans have with living plants and animals on the planet, November 1st has been designated World Ecology Day, a day to reflect on how to maintain a balance between economic prosperity and environmental conservation. The natural elements we enjoy every day are in jeopardy and it is more important than ever to create ways to keep plants, animals, water, air, soil, forests, and oceans from being polluted and exploited. So how can we as individuals take small but meaningful steps that can contribute to a healthier planet? Here are a few easy ideas that can make a big impact:
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”
- Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as it takes to burn it. However, only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.
- Aluminum cans make up less than 1% of waste in the United States because they are the #1 recycled item. After recycling, an aluminum can is usually repurposed within 60 days.
- A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days but takes approximately 4,000 years to decompose in a landfill.
Use a Reusable Water Bottle
Americans purchase nearly 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S.! That means by using a reusable water bottle, you could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually.
It takes a lot of energy for 18-wheelers to get the goods you need to a store near you. According to elocal.com, a carrot will typically travel 1838 miles to become part of a meal. Instead, support your local farm markets, stores and small businesses that carry locally produced products. Buying locally made products reduces the amount of energy required to transport them.
Eat More Greens and Less Meat!
No matter how you slice it, cattle have a high water footprint. By eating more fruits and vegetables and reducing animal product intake, you can reduce the amount of resources devoted to raising cows and other animals. Try “Meatless Monday” in your home!