" In 1976 Americans drank an average of 1.6 gallons of bottled water every year. Roughly 30 years later consumption increased to 30 gallons per person, according to the Earth Policy Institute —- despite the fact that bottled water can cost anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more than tap water, which is brought right to your home for pennies a gallon. " (link)Solution: Buy a reuseable water bottle!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
With the holiday season on the horizon, we are entering the busiest retail time of the year. While many see this as a time to purchase as many new goods as possible, regardless of their cost, for their family and friends. Those of us who read Think, Act, Prosper also see it as a time of increased environmental damage. Traveling all over creation to visit shopping plazas to purchase items imported from the other side of the planet, increases pollution and damage signifcantly. I choose to see it as an opportunity to go green by giving environmentally friendly gifts.
The easiest way to do this is to make something yourself. This low environmental impact strategy will result in a personal gift that literally represents you, while allowing personal tailoring to specifically fit the intended recipient. Give a food lover an excellent home-cooked treat, home brew some excellent homemade beer. If you know how to knit, knit blankets or something else useful. Don't stop at just the gift, give homemade cards or ornaments as well.
Send an electronic Christmas card instead of a paper one! This will save paper and reduce clutter and waste.
For gamers consider gifting an online video game or game subscription such as World of Warcraft or Xbox Live. If you are a sportsbettor, give him some money to bet on an online sportsbook or a ticket to a local professional sporting event. Another idea is a gift card to a local, sustainable restaurant that the person would love. Take your dad out for a day of golf or give the less handy an oil change gift card, or offer to do it for them! If its in your gift budget, give a bicyle or a less expensive piece of sports equipment that will keep them outdoors and fit.
Wrapping paper is one of the most egregious and foolish wastes of the holiday season. It may look pretty, for a few seconds, but the environmental costs FAR outweigh any momentarily aesthetical benefit. Instead use older boxes, bags or something more creative.
Most importantly, do not settle for the "cheap" $40 made-in-China sweater that is ill-fitting, and probably wont be appreciated. This contributes to environmental destruction and wastes your money!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Batteries can be a cause of extraordinary environmental damage if disposed of incorrectly. They can leak corrosive acids into the earth and poision it for years to come. First of all, dispose of all electronics in a responsible manner, do not simply dump them in the trash and hope for the best. This type of laziness will be the cause of terrible consequences in the years to come.
Rechargeable batteries are a great way to go green that will save money and help the environment. For a small initial investment, you can re-use your batteries many times. Batteries are already pretty expensive, and rechargeables do not have a huge premium. A small price to pay for preventing potentially destructive waste from old forgotten batteries thrown into landfills!
Cameras, remote controllers, old toys, xbox control sticks, flashlights and other appliances can all use rechargeable batteries, and many times a universal charging station can be head to simultaneously charge these different formats. Check a local hardware store, support local businesses! Make sure to fully charge batteries, as partial charges are known to negatively affect battery life.
As always, turn off appliances when not in use. Even though you are recharging the batteries, we always want to conserve all energy when possible!