Each year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day as an opportunity to appreciate our world, but importantly, also to bring attention to the environmental challenges that we face. Since 1970 Americans and the global community have recognized Earth Day as an opportunity to spread awareness and mark the anniversary of what can be considered the modern environmental movement.
Global water demand has increased by 600% over the past 100 years and water use has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase. The U.S. alone uses 216 trillion gallons of water a year, with the average American family using more than 300 gallons of water a day. Here are 10 ideas to jumpstart your responsible water consumption journey, reduce your carbon footprint and promote sustainable living:
If you find yourself scratching your head about the difference between compostable and biodegradable you are not alone. In the process of searching for new ways to reduce waste and find more eco friendly products the terms compostable and biodegradable may seem to appear regularly. We’re going to help break this down (no pun intended) so that next time you come across these terms you are armed with the right information.
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As we search for opportunities to reduce waste in our lives, one of the best places to begin is with our daily routines. One of these routines is brushing our teeth, something most of us do at least twice a day. But, within this daily practice is an opportunity to reduce plastic waste. The commonplace plastic toothbrush has a significant and long lasting effect on our planet.
While you may be unfamiliar with what palm oil is, where it comes from, and how it is produced, you certainly have come into contact with it - most likely very frequently. Palm oil is a type of edible vegetable oil that has become the most commonly used oil in packaged products. However, palm oil production has an enormous environmental cost, which makes it a deeply problematic commodity on a large scale.
Deodorant, an important part of our daily routines, is not something many of us would like to give up or would like others to give up, but its packaging waste continues to have a growing ecological impact. So it’s time we take a deeper look at this plastic staple of our morning, its history, production, and new plastic-free alternatives that are available.
For many of us, laundry is one of those household chores that simply needs to be done. It’s a mundane and unglamorous routine that most of us complete multiple times a week. One can be forgiven if spending a significant amount of time pondering our laundry routine’s environmental impact doesn’t rise to the top of the immediate concern list.
Plastic pollution and the growing signs of its damaging impact is becoming more visible in our lives. However, not all plastic pollution is visible to the naked eye. You may not have ever imagined that plastic pollution is being added to the environment every time we wash our clothes, but alarmingly, it is. These unseen pollutants are called microfibers, and our clothing is a major source of them.
Plastic bags have widespread use in our everyday life. They are seemingly convenient, cheap, and offer a readily available transportation solution for purchased goods. But, these single-use products have a tremendous, growing environmental cost that we are beginning to recognize.
There are companies all around the world developing new eco-friendly products in order to replace harmful commonplace items we use every day. If you are trying to reduce your waste, spending, or simply trying to find more convenient solutions in your bathroom, look no further. It may be time to stop squeezing the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube and make the switch to toothpaste tablets (otherwise known as toothpaste tabs).
Doing the dishes is rarely a task that is thought of as enjoyable. Most of us simply aim to finish it as quickly as possible without putting a lot of thought into the process. However, it is arguably time to consider the tools we are using to wash the dishes.