Home is where we can make smart choices about how we live our lives and how we affect our environment. Simple ways to become a conscious consumer.
When we purchase anything, be it food or home products, it is important to check:
- where it is made or grown
- what it is made of
- what the packaging is made of
- what is left over after we consume it
We are all aware of the environmental crisis affecting our planet. It is our responsibility to live in a conscious state and take action to prevent unnecessary materials from entering landfills thus causing our carbon footprint to grow and grow.
We know that throwing away anything wastes precious raw materials and energy. About a quarter of the waste in the average household bin is packaging waste. Now, We can see how encouraging people to be conscious consumers, to buy products that are eco-friendly is best for the planet.
We have the power to make an impact by making smart choices to use sustainable, natural, and organic products. Making an effort to reduce, re-use and recycle is easier than you might think.
The decisions we make directly affect our planet as well as our families. To be able to give consumers the choices to make a difference and buy healthy, greener products means we ALL make the choice for a stronger, happier planet. Companies like the Green Seahorse care deeply about these issues and want to lend a green hand.
New packaging materials and green technology are being developed to recycle and re-use waste. Innovative ideas for glass, plastic, and metal are being introduced in many different industries such as fashion, art, and design.
Reducing waste means there will be less environmental impact, less resources and energy used and money SAVED. The amount of waste generated is increasing because lifestyles are changing so fast and convenience is the norm.
Choose to Buy Green
Consumers can choose to “buy green” and the market will respond with greater variety, more innovation and lower prices for green products and services.
We have the power to make an impact by making the smart choice to use sustainable, natural, and organic products as well as reduce, re-use and recycle.
We are all aware of the environmental crisis affecting our planet
It is our responsibility to live in a conscious state and take action to prevent unnecessary materials from entering the landfills thus causing our carbon footprint to grow and grow.
Some ideas to Reduce Re-use & Recycle:
Separate NEED from WANT.
- Do not buy things that you really don’t need
- Avoid over-packaging & disposable products
- Buy in bulk and use coupons (online included)
- Always bring your own shopping bags
- Buy products that are made from reusable materials
- Use refillable bottles and re-use them
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Use cloth diapers
- Give away unwanted household items to charity
1 ton (2000 lbs) of plastic bottles recycled saves 3.8 barrels of oil
1 million plastic bottles recycled saves 250 barrels of oil
1 million plastic bottles recycled eliminates 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere
10% of all US oil consumed (2 million barrels per day) is used to make plastics
Recycling one ton of aluminum cans can save 1,665 gallons of gasoline. It can save energy enough to run a 100 watt bulb for 20 hours.
Every ton of paper that is recycled can help save the energy, which is equal to 185 gallons of gasoline.
Recycling facts are interesting and ever-changing and they also increase awareness about the need for recycling and re-using waste products.
Please recycle, reuse, and reduce!
About the Author
Lisa Burnham is an artist-eco-activist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and a wife to a surfer! She taught for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education degree, and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening, and anything green! She lives in Villareal, Costa Rica right near the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie and a French Bulldog named Lucy.
Lisa is living the life – enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free! Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!