This week’s Wasteful Fact is in honor of wedding season, which results in a whole lot of gift giving. So lets talk a little bit about the wasteful tradition called wrapping paper.
Wrapping paper is dyed, laminated, covered in tape, and a lot of times also has additives like glitter or gold/silver on it. All of those characteristics make it non-recyclable aka a huge waste. Every single holiday, event, birthday party results in bags and bags of non-recyclable trash that ends up in a landfill. And all so that a present looks pretty. Not to mention the extreme cost, but that is a whole other topic.
According to Eco-Chick.com if every American family wrapped just three gifts in reusable materials it would save enough paper to cover 48,000 football fields.
Okay, I realize that half the fun of giving a gift is the unwrapping and surprise part, but there are other planet friendly ways to accomplish this. Try wrapping the present in a paper bag or newspaper. You can dress it up with organic yarn, drawings, or even a small cutting from a plant in your garden. You can also wrap a gift in another gift like a scarf. Wrapping paper was something I cut out of my household this past year. I have enjoyed attaching a flower or leaf to my presents in place of a $5 bow and my friends and family have liked it a lot as well.
Save yourself money and save the planet a whole lot of waste by making this small change.
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This weekend I went to a talk by Captain Moore about plastic waste in our oceans and I was HORRIFIED! I thought I knew how bad things were, but he took it to another level. The waste and destruction in our oceans has become so problematic that it is beyond clean up. The only option we have to try and save this planet is to start cutting off the problem at the source. The source is wasteful people and their obsession with plastic. One such destructive object is the plastic bag.
The estimates I kept finding online was that globally there are 500,000,000,000 bags used EVERY SINGLE YEAR! That averages out to about 1,000,000 plastic bags consumed and wasted every single minute. That is incredibly insane, wasteful, and avoidable.
Plastic does not go away. It simply breaks into smaller and smaller pieces, contaminating soil and water along the way.
Here in Washington State we have plastic bag bans in three cities (including Seattle) that will all take effect this summer. A state wide ban is also being considered. If it passes Washington will be the first state in the country to ban these terrible bags.
It seems that bringing your own bag into the store is a no brainer. Everyone should be doing that at this point. It is the easiest way to make a HUGE difference for our planet. You can buy them at the store or even look up your favorite organization online and purchase a bag from them. You can support a great cause and do your part for the planet at the same time.
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Categories: Animal Welfare, Marine Wildlife, Oceans, plastic, pollution, Uncategorized, waste
Tags: living green, marine pollution, plastic bag bans, plastic bag waste, plastic pollution, reusable bags
I came across this oldie, but goodie today. I have watched it multiple times because it is so good. Brian Skerry is an underwater photographer who captured both the beauty and the horror of our oceans.
Click the link to view the video.
Brian Skerry’s TED Talk
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Tags: brian skerry, marine wildlife, ocean health, oceans, over fishing, plastic pollution, ted talk
WATER BOTTLES – Did you know that the use of plastic water bottles results in 60 million water bottles a day to be manufactured, transported, and then disposed of? Almost 90% are not recycled or reused. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. According to Food and Water Watch, that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. And due to the slow decay rate of plastic, the majority of all plastics ever produced still exists some place on this planet. A lot ends up in our oceans, polluting them and harming marine wildlife.
Some estimates say it takes 3 liters of water to fill a 1 liter water bottle. That is A LOT of water waste especially when so many people in this world still do not have access to clean water.
So what can you do? Well start by NOT buying plastic water bottles. There are so many options for reusable bottles now. Check out these ones. I have one myself and absolutely love it!
Oh and one more thing, Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coke’s Dasani water is basically just tap water that has gone through a filter. Every time you buy those you are spending your hard earned money on a bottle of tap water.