Make a Difference this Earth Day.
Here’s a list of a few things we all can do! A few small changes made by all can really add up to make a difference. Happy Earth Day!
1. Ditch the plastic and paper bags from the grocery stores. Invest in canvas bags! Here’s a list of reasons why (plus, we happen to think they look way cooler!)
- Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistaken them for food
- Between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year
- Approximately 60 – 100 million barrels of oil are required to make the world’s plastic bags each year
- Most plastic bags take over 400 years to biodegrade. Some figures indicate that plastic bags could take over 1000 years to break down.
- Every year, Americans use approximately 1 million plastic bags, creating 300,000 pounds of landfill waste.
2) Replace your bottled water with Canteens. The bottled water industry is unregulated! We encourage you to watch the film “Tapped.” Invest in a filter and “Take Back The Tap.” Retro-fitting your faucets with water filters shows a proven savings when you actually see the cost analysis.
3) Compost! If it comes from the Earth, it makes good sense to give it back. Composting your leftovers, banana peels, cuttings from dinner preparation, coffee grounds, etc saves tremendous amounts of trash that ends up in a landfill. What normally takes a few weeks to degrade, can live in land fill for years. It’s theorized that much of our trash in landfills (plastics in particular) can take up to 1,000 years to break down. Even if you have a small apartment in the city, there are some pretty neat ways to compost. Personally, I love my compost pile. I love to see the fresh dirt that brings life to other plants! A must do experience if you haven’t done so already.
Tips for composting.
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4) Use Eco-Friendly products ! Avoid excess packaging and products full of chemicals and toxins that you can’t pronounce. It’s not needed. If you haven’t sourced your luxuries, we’ve got this one covered for you. Our bar soaps and other products are made from 100% organic ingredients. They’re socially, locally and responsibly made. Fortunately, moksa packaging is made from 100% post consumer waste and non toxic inks. You can compost your labels or recycle them in your bins. We use our leftover soaps to clean the leaves of our plants (hint: our Iceland Mint bar keeps certain bugs/parasites at bay), our sidewalks and outside tools. How versatile can you get?!
5) Avoid the use of palm oils! It’s the leading cause of deforestation and habitat loss. Read your labels! Palm oil and derivatives are in almost all processed foods, body care products and bar soaps. Palm oil is now found in about half of all packaged goods on the shelf. It’s unhealthy to ingest and the mass cultivation is bad for our environment. Contrary to popular belief (and according to the Organic Consumers Association), organic palm oils are not necessarily sustainably produced. “There have been many attempts to make palm oil sustainable. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was even established in 2003 to do just that. Unfortunately, six years later, there is still no system that can effectively trace palm oil beyond the processor to the plantation level. Companies that manufacture products using palm oil have little way of knowing where the controversial substance originated – which leaves the question of whether and to what degree palm oil is sustainably farmed up in the air.” (Organic Consumers Association: Sept 2009.)
Rainforest Action Network.
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