Breathe in, breathe out. You have just utilized the benefit of one tree. Trees are an environmental miracle – they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, forests are homes to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and as a physical resource, they are used for products like chairs, building materials, and paper.
In the last decade alone, the tech boom has changed our ways of living and communicating, and has also added a heavy load onto the environment. Making electronics requires a lot of energy, nonrenewable materials like plastic and metals, and comes at the cost of harming the environment through using fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. In comparison, how is paper production and use any safer?
Paper encourages more tree planting, is less harsh on the environment, and uses significantly less renewable energy resources. Check out this infographic “Green Paper: Why Paper is Surprisingly Eco-Friendly” to learn more about the benefits of using paper!
An alternative to recycling is upcycling, or reusing materials and things you would have otherwise thrown away. This gives a new life and a new use to things without requiring any extra resorting or processing.
The team at Personal Creations made a graphic showing how you can upcycle items around the home to keep it out of the garbage. There are 40 ideas overall and there’s inspiration and examples for different materials you commonly have at home.
So the next time you’re headed to the trash or recycle bin check out this graphic and think about if there’s a good use you could put that item to first:
Wedding planning can be really (really) stressful. For earth-loving folks, the process can get even trickier, as most classic wedding decorations, favors, and traditions are far from eco-friendly. Luckily, a DIY attitude is all you need to create a wedding celebration that is unique, true to you, and kind to the earth. Whether you’re knee deep in planning or daydreaming about future nuptials, read on for a variety of environmentally friendly wedding ideas.
When doing the grocery we always tend to think is better to buy paper bags or carrying our own fabric reusable bag, right? Well, our friends from MyTree.tv shared these stats which show how even paper bags leave a big water footprint and reusable cotton bags may not be the best ecofriendly option either. Check the full article here and tell us what you think!
Paper vs. plastic bags: You’d think this fight would have been settled by now. But as Trace explains, for cities around the world, the fight is more complicated than you’d think.
Since plastics were first introduced to the U.S. during the mid-late 19th century, we’ve been dependent on the material for it’s versatility, convenience, and function. Currently, plastics are one of the most used materials on a volume basis in U.S. industrial and commercial life. Unfortunately, the sheer mass of plastic used to make containers, packaging, appliances, plates, cups, and so forth has gravely impacted the environment. An estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic occupy each square mile of ocean and at least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
Alternative materials—such as reclaimed wood, steel, and glass—can help gradually reduce our reliance on plastic and pose less of an impact on the Earth. Reducing plastic use can range from short term decisions—swapping plastic sandwich bags for washable canvas or throwaway plastic utensils for metal ones—to more long term changes, such as trading in your plastic picnic tables for reclaimed wood barn tables. Making smart swaps can make a big difference over time.