Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Increasing sustainability and reducing waste

Earth Day is coming up and it is a good reminder to take stock of your personal habits and how they impact the environment. I personally, really look at my daily habits and I think these have the largest impact. Here are 3 choices I make to reduce my impact on the landfill and the Earth.

1. bring a reuseable shopping bag. Although Paia has been plastic free for a few years, Maui as a County was the first to ban plastic bags in Hawaii. The ordinance passed in August of 2008, but the law took effect January 11, 2011. On average we use each plastic bag for approximately 12 minutes before disposing. It then lasts in the environment for decades (500-1,000 years).

2. bring a refillable coffee mug. Typical paper coffee cups aren’t made from recycled paper. Instead, most cups are manufactured using 100% bleached virgin paperboard. According to the paper industry, Americans will consume an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups in 2010. That's a lot of trees! If you want to learn more, check out

3. bring a refillable water bottle. 60 Million plastic bottles a day are disposed of in America alone! Massive amounts of greenhouse gases are produced from manufacturing the plastic bottles. Millions of gallons of fuel are wasted daily transporting filtered tap water across America and around the world. It requires 3 times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it... it is an exceptionally wasteful industry. If you want to learn more, check out

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