New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that a person makes to reform a habit.

If you haven’t determined your resolution for 2012, you’re in luck, it’s not too late. And just incase you’re looking for a few suggestions, Peace,Love & Planet (PLP) is here to help!

Would you like to incorporate more sustainable practices into your life but not sure where to start? PLP will be sharing simple tips on how to foster environmentally conscience behavior at home and at school to develop a more sustainable future for our kids.

Let’s begin with Refuse, Reduce Reuse, Recycle.  This simple, fundamental concept, when practiced daily, will result in better health and significant cost savings for you and your family.  Of course, preservation of  our planets resources and reduction in waste and pollution will benefit everyone.

So let’s begin with Refuse.  Convenience may seem necessary.  Unfortunately, societal wastefulness is taking its toll on the planet’s resources and your wallet.  Take the single-use water bottle for example.  The next time you buy a case, think of these simples facts:

  • It consumes 3 times the amount of water to make the bottle than what’s inside it.
  • 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the US every hour.
  • Water bottles take over 500 years to decompose and never truly go back into ground but rather break down into small particles
  • US consumes 17 million barrels of oil per year in water bottle production.
  • Americans spend $100 billion a year on bottled water.
  • Tap water, unlike bottled water, is regularly tested and must meet strict safety regulations.

Also referred to a use-and-toss, single-use products are wasteful and expensive.  Try switching to reusable products like:

  • BPA free water bottles
  • Reusable lunch storage containers (instead of plastic baggies)
  • Reusable grocery bags (store in your car, not closet)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Cloth paper towel

I  know you’re busy, but thankfully we do have washing machines and dishwashers.  Although these modern day conveniences use electricity, it’s a better choice to use household necessities that can be used over and over again.  The electric consumption is minimal compared to energy consumed in resource extraction, production, transport and disposal of the alternative single-use, wasteful, disposables.

Give it a try, establish a new norm and reap the benefits!  Your children will thank you.

Cheers,

Gina

 



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