To challenge people to make simple changes in their everyday lives to save the planet. Through these millions of small, meaningful actions we can really make a difference.
As with any habit, it's best to set one realistic goal.
Did you know it can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade and its the 5th most commonly found trash item found on the coastline? Making enough water bottles to satisfy the U.S. market requires 17 billion barrels of oil, which could fuel up to 1.3 million cars a year. The energy to create these bottles could power 190,000 homes.
Shop with the environment in mind.
Plastic has been found in an estimated 90% of all seabirds and in all sea turtle species. By refusing a straw, you can help prevent plastic pollution.
A lot of oil and natural gas go into the production of plastic bags, which are not recyclable. Choosing reusable bags saves on non-renewable resources and protects the environment. Even if you use paper bags, it costs money to recycle them.
Beware, common household cleaning products contain a number of pollutants that can hurt the environment as well as human health.
Humans, animals and plants all need unpolluted water to survive. Litter can also clog storm-water drains and cause flooding.
Save transportation costs, at a minimum, as well as support the local economy. Reducing food miles helps alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce air pollution and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions.
It's easy and it recycles nutrients into the ecosystem enriching the soil and waterways. In the United States, we throw out about 40% of our food every year.
Turning off the lights when not in use can help save energy. It can also help reduce carbon emission and other harmful greenhouse gases. Turning off your lights will also help reduce the use of non-renewable resources that are harmful to the environment.
Not only will you be saving, but you will also help reduce the costs we all pay towards the construction of new roads, road maintenance and air pollution related health costs. Having fewer cars on the road means reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved air quality.
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