How Am I Impacting The Environment?

We all know that waste, once tossed into a trash can, ends up buried in a landfill or incinerated. We’re taught plenty of facts about recycling in schools, read about new ones online, and see constant reminders about it on TV.

Yet somehow, we can’t seem to quantify or visualize the cumulative pile of rubbish we’re each creating because we’re desensitized by the large numbers splattered about, numbers so vast that they stretch behind our comprehension.

Green Blizzard is all about making suggestions about how to reduce your carbon footprint, the CO2 you generate from every daily decision you make. Suggestions cover typical consumer decisions ranging from the new light bulbs you install, how hard you step on the gas pedal, your diet, adjusting your thermostat, even recycling your consumables.

Behind every consumer decision is a tall smoke stake somewhere emitting CO2 to produce or generate energy whatever you are consuming at that moment. Appreciating some fun facts about recycling which may lead to smarter consumer decisions mean fewer greenhouse gasses spewed into the atmosphere on your behalf.

Today, let’s start correcting this misconception.

7 examples of the repercussions of our collection consumption:

• An aluminum can that isn’t recycled will still remain the same, even after 500 years

• A full 15-year-old tree, when processed, will produce just 700 paper grocery bags

• Each individual American, on an average, consumes wooden products, paper, and other tree based produce to the equivalent of 7 trees every year

• On average, America utilizes 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, and throws away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups yearly

• A glass bottle of your favorite brew will take a minimum of 4000 years to decompose

• The U.S. is the world’s biggest thrash creator, each citizen discards 1600 pounds each year

• Plastic tossed inti bodies of water accounts for the death of a million sea animals a year. Scientist now estimate that by 2050, there will be more plastic containers in the world’s ocean than fish!

The list goes on, but you get the point. Every consumer decision and eventual discard decision for your prior consumable has an impact. So before making a purchase, think about the full cycle of the product; from what types of resources were consumed in its production, to what resources are necessary to properly dispose or reuse it.


About the author

Anne Staley

Anne Staley is an independent environmentalist and volunteers as an environmental social worker. She travels to third world countries looking for opportunities chip in and make it a small patch a better place. Her life motto is to better the lives of others through the sharing environmental knowledge is constantly urging everyone she comes in contact to green their lifestyles.