Many people need that morning cup of coffee to get through the day. However, depending on their style of coffee cup, their daily jolt could be killing the planet.
Disposable cups made from materials such as paper, Styrofoam and plastic are cheap and convenient, but their impact on the environment can be costly. In fact, paper cups are produced by cutting down 20 million trees, and Styrofoam cups sit in landfills for 500 years before breaking down.
Reusable cups made from glass, porcelain, ceramic or earthenware are better as they don’t impact the flavor and are eco-friendly. Which one you select depends on how much you have to drink.
A traditional mug can be made of porcelain, ceramic or earthenware. It holds two to three times more than a demitasse mug, which is made of porcelain or ceramic. A double-walled metal mug comes in many styles and also can be used with a lid, which is perfect for travel.
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The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons.
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Every day we try to make our world a little bit greener. On a smaller personal level, it is all about shaping our habits and making our surrounding more eco-friendly. Of course, this also includes designs of our gardens and best materials to use. Planting local plants influences local flora and fauna and by designing a deck from upcycled timber we prolong its use and lower pollution. One garden may not save the world but it can set an example, so why not start from your own?
Here are some pointers on how to make your garden greener and more enjoyable for your family.
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Naturally, all of us drink water, and many of us opt for bottled water instead of tap in an effort to stay healthier. But drinking from a disposable plastic water bottle isn’t necessarily a healthier option—and it has a highly negative impact on our environment.
It starts well before a plastic bottle even touches your lips. Creating one year’s worth of bottled water requires 17 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars or power 190,000 homes. And after a plastic bottle is disposed of, it might become one of the 38 billion bottles that end up in our landfills each year. Even worse, it might wash into the ocean, where plastic waste kills 1.1 million marine creatures annually.
What’s more, plastic water bottles sometimes contain harmful chemicals like BPA, which means that “healthier” bottled water could actually be causing serious health problems.
This infographic from Printwand is a helpful breakdown of the most important facts and statistics that you should know about disposable water bottles, along with the criteria to look for when choosing a reusable alternative (such as those available here).
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