Did you know it takes 95% more energy to mine raw materials to make a can than to recycle one that is already in use? Recycling metal puts money back into your local economy, reduces water pollution and earth disruption, and reduces landfill contributions. If you do not recycle anything else, metal is a great place to start!
Composting is the natural process of organic matter turning back into nutrient rich soil. There are many misconceptions that composting is hard, you have to be an expert, it’s gross, or that it smells bad. Whether you live in an apartment or on a farm, there are ways you can compost.
I had an agenda of posts lined up for spring, but I can’t help but traverse to what is in front of us all right now. The COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines associated have resulted in tragedy and silver linings. There is a lot yet to be learned from this momentary freeze in time we are experiencing, but let’s take advantage of what we do know. Cities such as Delhi, Bangkok, Rome, Paris, and New York City that have hosted toxic levels of air pollutants are rapidly improving, and waterways are healing. Satellite imagery shows reduced Nitrogen levels, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon. Animals are thriving in their habitat like never seen before by our generation, including sea turtle hatch-lings flourishing on open beaches and bears frolicking in national parks. These are all great short-term wins, more importantly the Earth is proving that it can heal itself to a certain degree. The question becomes, how do we begin to build our lives and economy again without losing the significant environmental improvements we have seen.
So, you are thumbing through Instagram and you see an ad for those sunglasses you gotta have. Thanks to technology, 3 clicks and 5 days later they are at your front door. Pretty cool right? Before you hit submit let’s look for a couple of things on that website to make sure you are voting for responsible business with your purchase.
I have been exploring natural deodorant options for years from salt crystals to pastes and they all had a couple of things in common. They worked just enough for me to not smell offensive and they all had plastic applicators and packaging. With PAPR I not only don’t smell bad, even after a workout I smell good! There are 5 scents currently available, I am using So Hot Right Now which has sexy musky smell. I think it’s meant for men, but I dig it. The packaging is made from responsibly sourced paper and is biodegradable.
Amid figuring out our new normal with COVID-19 challenges, I was inspired by this sprouting red onion I found in the back of my produce drawer. Agriculture is the second highest emitter of GHG’s after energy, and one third of food globally is wasted costing America alone $218 billion per year. As grocery store shelves are near empty, this is an opportune time to establish better habits at home to reduce food waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and save money.
Coffee, I could not image starting my day without it. Whether it’s a normal workday, project weekend, or mountain top camping, I always start my day with a hot cup of joe. American’s alone consume 400 million cups of coffee a day. However, not all coffee is produced equally. Coffee is on the brink of extinction according to scientists at Britain’s Royal Botanical Gardens due to worsening climate conditions and deforestation. Is your cup of coffee helping or hurting human equality and environmental sustainability?
Access to electricity is at the heart of societal development and has been key to the growth of the US over the last 100 years. Energy production has made leaps and bounds of efficiency improvements, however there is a long way to go. Current[ly] electricity contributes 33% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US. The best way to lower your home’s carbon footprint is to use less energy. This may seem obvious, but it really isn’t. It is hard to know what is worth your time and money to improve, so I did the research for you.
Though laundry is a regular and mundane part of life, it has significant environmental impacts. Residential washing machines on average use 41 gallons of water per load, and a clothes dryer is responsible for approximately 6% of a homes energy usage. Multiply that by an average of 300 loads of laundry per year per family!