Sustainability

There is a lot of increasing evidence that the modern, Western lifestyle isn’t going to be possible for much longer.  Too much fossil fuel is consumed and too much water is wasted.  Environmental pollution just keeps increasing even as stricter rules are put into place. 
Changing your lifestyle to be more sustainable offers opportunities to save money, build a stronger local community, increase the quality of your home and your possessions, be more insulated against the collapse of larger systems, simplify, continue learning, be organic and contribute to a healthier style of living on the Earth. The number one thing required is personal commitment.  By making sustainable choices, all the rest flows from that.  It doesn’t take more money, but it will take continuous effort and mindfulness.  The best way to truly achieve lasting change in your lifestyle is to take small steps and change specific areas that really mean a lot to you.  Then once you are adapted to that change, you can pick a new situation to address or your first changes may naturally lead to others.
 
Simple actions can have a huge impact.
 

ACTION: Bring your own coffee cup to the cafe.
IMPACT: Every year, American alone drink more than 100billion cups of coffee; of those, 14.4 billion are served in disposable paper cups…enough to wrap around the entire earth 55 times! (www.ecofriendlycup.com)

ACTION: Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store.
IMPACT: If Californians alone cut their plastic bag waste in half, it would save over 2,000 barrels of oil a day – over 800,000 barrels a year – and keep 73,000 tons of rubbish out of landfills.

ACTION: Turn off lights, microwaves, or any other electronic devices when you leave the house.
IMPACT:  You can save over 1/2 a million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year by turning off you lights for just one hour a day. (Sustainability.uts.edu.au)

ACTION: Replace one incandescent light bulb with an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb.
IMPACT: You can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by 1,000 pounds and save $67 on energy costs over the bulb’s lifetime. (USEPS and Alliance to Save Energy)

ACTION: Power down
IMPACT: If all the worlds 1 billion PC’S were powered down for just one night – it would save enough energy to light up New York City’s Empire State Building -inside and out- for more than 30 years! (1E Energy Awareness Campaign)

ACTION: Eat local foods
IMPACT: In North America, fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles before getting to the dinner table.

ACTION: Slow down
IMPACT: Reducing your speed from 65mph to 55mph may increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 15%, reducing speed from 70mph to 55mph could get a 23% improvement. (National Geographic Society, Green Guide)

ACTION: Buy in Bulk
IMPACT: Packaging makes up a third of all garbage tossed in the USA.  To cut down on waste, avoid single serving foods and beverages.  Instead, buy the items in bulk and portion them out in reusable containers. (National Geographic Society, Green Guide)

ACTION: Plant a tree
IMPACT: Trees help to reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change estimates that 100 billion metric tons of carbon over the next 50 years could be sequestered through forest preservation, tree planting and improved agriculture management. (Chicago Tribune)

ACTION: Get a reusable water bottle
IMPACT: American buy 28 billion single-serve plastic water bottles every year, and 80% of those end up in landfills, according to the Consumer Recycling Institute.  Meeting the nation’s demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year, the Earth Policy Institute estimated. (Chicago Tribune)

ACTION: Recycle Aluminum
IMPACT: Creating a new aluminum can from scratch take 95% more energy than making a can from recycled aluminum. (Earth911)

ACTION:  Think before you toss
IMPACT: America is the Queen of trash.  Every day in the USA, we produce enough trash to equal the weight of the Empire State Building.  We throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, produce enough styrofoam cups annually to circle the Earth 436 times and trash enough office paper to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City.  We throw away 570 disposable diapers each second, and toss enough aluminum cans to rebuild our commercial air fleet every three months.  Each year we fill enough garbage trucks to stretch from Earth to the Moon. (webecoist.com)

ACTION: Recycle your cell phone
IMPACT: In the USA alone, 120 million cell phones are thrown away each year.  Recycle your cell phones at WWW.ONEMILLIONCELLPHONES.COM and the profits will be used to micro finance loans tot he poor, not to mention saving the environment from harmful waste.  One million cell phones recycled equals 350 trillion gallons of water saved from pollution and 100 thousand people helped.

 

Be an Educated Consumer


Purchase your products from companies who are environmentally conscious; A company who plays an active role in offsetting their carbon emissions, supporting organic agriculture, supporting small communities and local farmers.  Look for these symbols for guarantees of an environmentally friendly company.

     


One of the main reasons I fell in love with Miessence was because of their commitment to sustainability.  Their business practices are amazing.

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