Earth Day April 22, What we can do to help our Environment

Easy lifestyle changes you can make to help the environment

PRINT ON RECYCLED PAPER

By printing on recycled paper you use less energy, less water, and produce lower carbon emissions than the manufacturing process used in producing virgin paper, or non-recycled paper. At the same time, this reduces the amount of waste to landfill as paper can be recycled four to five times over.     When waste paper ends up in the landfill, it releases methane gas, which is 23 times higher and more harmful to the environment than CO2. Instead re-use your paper and then recycle it. On average the production of virgin fibre paper, when followed by incineration, uses twice the energy as conventional methods.

As a bonus, living trees sequester CO2 so if you use recycled paper, less trees need to be cut for paper production, which reduces net carbon emissions.

ABANDON REGULAR LIGHTBULBS IN FAVOUR OF LED LIGHTS

Installing energy-efficient lighting like LED bulbs throughout your home or office is a great way to save money while helping the environment. LED bulbs last up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents and significantly longer than typical incandescent bulbs.

They also use between 2-17 watts of electricity, a fraction of what incandescent or compact fluorescents need. This means that by primarily using LEDs, you save money on both energy and replacement costs.

REDUCE ANIMAL PROTEIN

It takes up to 20 times more resources of water, energy, and food to produce a pound of protein from animal sources versus plant-based proteins. Studies show that consuming more plant-based foods and cutting back on animal-based foods improves health and increases life span. Eating a more plant-strong diet is good for the planet, good for your health, and good for your wallet.

GO ORGANIC

It is definitely worth buying organic foods. If buying organic foods isn’t financially feasible for the entire grocery cart, focus on the most sprayed foods like lettuces, corn, berries, peaches, apples, potatoes, tomatoes, milk and meat or try growing your own food at home.

You can then decide which organic compounds to use as nutrients, easily controlling the organic process from seed to harvest. Try using molasses and coffee beans. Any natural compounds containing relative amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are great for helping plants grow. Small amounts of calcium, magnesium, and sulfur can also be very beneficial for promoting organic growth.

FOOT POWER

We spend a decent portion of our mornings and evening getting to and from work. By minimizing our daily commuting impact we can display a commitment to helping the environment that only a small percentage consider. Making a greener choice, instead of a convenient one, is an often-overlooked concept employed in reducing greenhouse gases. It’s easy to take public transportation, or better yet ride your bike to work, walk, or jog!

EAT OUT OF REUSABLE CERAMIC OR GLASS CONTAINERS & BOWLS

Most consumers are not aware that Melamine is a common yet harmful chemical used in manufacturing plastics, adhesives, and industrial coatings.

Unfortunately, it is also used to manufacture plastic products, paper, paperboard and kitchenware including bowls, plates, mugs and utensils. To put this into perspective, Melamine is a harmful fertilizer used in certain countries. When combined with formaldehyde, Melamine turns to melamine resin, a substance that can be molded to create tableware when heated. Like most plastic tableware, melamine dishes can potentially pose health risks by leaching chemicals into our foods! On the other hand, glass, metal and ceramics are a much safer and efficient choice for food storage. It’s easy to clean, can be recycled, doesn’t stain or hold odors.

THINK ABOUT CLEANING PRODUCTS & GREENWASHING

Try to ensure that the cleaning products you use around the home and office are certified non-toxic and locally sourced.

You could even go a step further by only purchasing cleaning products with ISO certified eco labels: such as EPA Safer Choice, Eco Logo, Greenguard, or Green Seal. As an added environmental and personal health incentive, you could always switch entirely to natural ingredients: lemon, baking soda, and vinegar are commonly used alternatives that are far less damaging on the environment and your skin.

 

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