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Why Green Energy is Better Than Other Green Products​

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Have you ever felt an excited frenzy in the middle of your favorite store? Flashy “on-sale” and “huge price cut” signs grab your attention and you’re staring at a whole selection of nice bags and gear that you’ve been looking forward to since last season.
Stop. Just stop.
In a globalized world, fast fashion, a slew of new seasonal products and designs feed on our fickle wants and create a vicious cycle of buying and throwing away. Things you don’t *really need* end up buried in a landfill, is subject to bacteria breakdown, and produces methane, one of the greenhouse gases warming our planet.
There’s still hope, though.
It takes will and creativity to not be lured into buying new things and to repurpose old ones. You might be familiar with this mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but you find it hard to follow. Even harder are the next two ideals: Repair, upcycle.
It’s not as hard as you think.
If you go on social media and search, many people are leading #ZeroWaste lifestyles. These instagrammers can store their trash for a year in a small mason jar! Our favorite #climateactivist Greta Thunberg and millions more young people around the world are now making their voices heard demanding societal change. There are also many who also take it upon themselves to change their own habits of consumption.

Changing Your Mindset

Small things when done billions of times have a great impact. These small actions that eventually reverberate and become the societal norm. However, this applies to both negative actions and positive actions.
Seemingly routine activities and their costly impact on the integrity of our planet:
  • Producing a cotton dress or shirt takes 2700 liters of water and contributes 11kg of CO2
  • One load of laundry requires 116 liters of water and emits 2.4 kg CO2
  • A short 1.5 hour flight releases the equivalent of 500 kg CO2 into the atmosphere
  • There needs to be a change in mindset. We need to recognize, especially with our fossil-based economies, every action we take has an environmental consequence.

    Remember your R’s

    Reducing, reusing, recycling, repairing and re-purposing (or upcycling) are the mantra of individual actions that close the loop. Halting global warming requires recognition of how we contribute to it – through transportation, fashion, food, livelihood, energy and technology.
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    The average American throws away more than four pounds of trash each day. If you reduce, reuse, recycle, repair or upcycle, you can trim your trash to just two pounds or less per day– think of those #ZeroWaste influencers!
    •     Reduce and reuse. To reduce waste is to not create waste, which goes back to our first point: to not succumb to temptation of buying things you do not need. Stay away from single-use products (like straws!) and buy local– transporting products across the world results in a major carbon footprint.
    Instead of buying new things, why not reuse old ones? You can find many things in reuse centers and consignment shops where they sell building materials, furniture, garments and accessories. Reusing is not only practical and saves you money, it is also considered an effective way to save natural resources and preserve the environment.
    •     Recycle. Recycling, as defined by EPA, is the process of collecting and processing waste materials into new products. There are recycling companies that collect recyclable materials. They have special equipment used to cut, crush or melt cans, plastics and paper so that they can be processed into new materials.
    Now remember– this is important – never to put the wrong things into the recycling bin because these can damage the recycling equipment. Some of the things you can NOT recycle:
    1. Used pizza boxes — once soiled with food it’s a no-go
    2. Bowling ball
    3. Batteries or electronics
    4. Propane tank or cylinder
    5. Styrofoam
    6. Needles – either those used for sewing or for medical purposes
    7. Broken glass (any kind) and lightbulbs
    Repair and upcycle. Think of how you can repair or redesign things before throwing them away. You might find it useful for another purpose by redesigning it. This is is called upcycling (others call it repurposing). There are a lot of DIYs on YouTube on Pinterest to inspire you to make new products out of old materials.
    Upcycling something means you are removing an item from the garbage stream. It’s a good way to cut your carbon footprint. And unlike recycling which also uses up some amount of energy and water in the process, upcycling is an individual activity that requires your own energy and creativity.

    Conclusion

    Much of the world pushes a consumerist rather than conservationist outlook. But with the impending reality of climate change we must all stop and think how we contribute.
    In the words of Sir David Attenborough, the important thing from here on is to not waste: do NOT waste resources, energy, and raw materials. Pay special attention to the energy you use because it’s the greatest source of carbon emissions.
    Stop wasting our planet.
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