Our intention as a company is to initiate a positive change for our environment. We have taken extra measures to provide products that are safe when using, as well as after use as they are discarded. In researching all the ways our company can participate and make a change for the better, we discovered some interesting facts and creative suggestions to share.
We ask you to consider all the little things you might be able to change in your day to day life to preserve the wellness, beauty and natural magic of our planet.
Many don't realize but it takes water to make water. Millions of gallons of water and oil are used in the processing of making plastic bottles. Two gallons of water are wasted for every one gallon of purified bottled water that is produced, not to mention the fact that most plastic bottles aren't being recycled. Consider getting a high quality water purifier to bottle your own water. Some filters will even add enhancing minerals while they purify.
Changing your regular incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent ones are a bright idea: You end up using 75% less energy. Lighting accounts for about 20% of the electricity used in the U.S., so if every American home replaced just one bulb, enough energy would be saved to light 3 million homes a year, preventing more than 800,000 cars' worth of global-warming gases from being released.
Initiate a Recycling Program
Take a look around you. Where is there a place you can make an impact. Is your work place recycling in all the ways it could be? Your home? Even your local café, do they have separate area for paper cups and napkins to be recycled? Take a step to bring in just one additional recycling program. It will make a difference.
Whether its coffee or tea those cups add up and create so much waste! A great solution is keep an extra non-disposable cup handy (and while you're at it a cloth napkin) to bring to your local café or to-go establishment.
Detergents, Cleaning Products, Soaps Etc
Take a close look at all your products in your home. Not only may they be harmful for your family members, but consider where all those harsh chemicals go when they make their way down your drain. Now there are so many eco-friendly products, take the time to make an educated decision when purchasing potentially toxic products.
Glass Versus Plastic
Look for products packaged in glass which can be recycled over and over again in a closed loop. In addition over time plastic can leach into products and when heated it release xenoestrogens.
It's not as complicated as you might think. The EPA has information of composting organizations in all 50 states and can be a great resource to get you started - www.epa.gov.
By Seasonal and Local
There is an organization called Sustainable Table (www.sustainabletable.org) that brings to attention "Food Miles" which is the distance it takes food to travel to your plate. It estimates grocery store goods tend to be 27 times higher in food miles that health food stores and farmers markets. Think of all that travel pollution! Or even better get back into gardening and grow some of your own organic fruits and vegetables.
Why Don't You
- Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins.
- Replace paper towels with a special set of cloth towels/napkins - store the used ones in a small container in your kitchen and just wash and reuse.
- Purchase bleach-free, toilet paper that is made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find (80% minimum).
- Leave messages for family members on a reusable message board rather than notepad.
- Use your own bags when shopping. Of course most of us do this for groceries, but consider keeping several in your car or at your front door. If you are going to purchase anything whatsoever.
- Simplify your life. Before you buy, think clutter and waste. Purchasing good quality second hand items is a wonderful alternative. Simplify your travel as well-consider walking or biking for shorter distance trips, and carpooling whenever possible.