According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), adult Americans each create over a ton of trash a year (2013 figures). Only about a third of that is ever recycled which means something around 200 million tons goes into landfill where it decays over time, leaching chemicals into the soil and releasing climate-change gases.
The good news is our combined recycling and composting efforts prevented nearly 90 million tons of material from being dumped, up from just 15 million tons in 1980. Diverting these materials from landfills prevented the release of approximately 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air – equivalent to taking over 39 million cars off the road for a year.
Together we can help protect our fragile environment. A few simple tweaks to your household routine can not just save you time, energy, and money. They can also impact the planet in ways that are small in themselves, but huge when all our efforts are aggregated together:
- Reduce. It can pay to take a few moments to consider how much you consume on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. It can be surprising what you realize you can do without. Over time, you can find a new mindset in which you simply need less “stuff”.
- Reuse. Purchase items that can be reused easily. A Clear Genius® water filter pitcher is a great example of this: simply by choosing a different filter cartridge you can keep the cartridge indefinitely, only replacing the filter pod when necessary. A simple choice that can save you money for years.
- Recycle. Do yourself and the planet a favor by recycling everything you can. Plastic, glass, cardboard, and newspaper are all commonly recycled but don’t forget to compost too.
We don’t have to all turn into eco-warriors to make a difference. Your lifestyle matters to the environment, as does mine, and your next-door neighbor’s. Together we can reduce our impact on the planet with the choices we make daily.
Clear Genius® users save an average 300 plastic water bottles and half a dozen filter cartridges from going into landfill every year. You can buy one here.
Drink smart. Love more. Live well.