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!
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.
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.
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.
Where to start…
Have you ever taken a minute to really think about all the plastic that fills your kitchen? Countless bottles of cleaning supplies, dried goods and condiments, produce, and pretty much everything else. Food is packaged in plastic, then brought home in a plastic bag, and after a meal leftovers are stored in plastic containers. It’s a bit much, am I right?