B CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

love my BMW E3

love my BMW E3

Today is Earth Day. What does that mean? Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 22, every year. It is celebrated worldwide to promote support for environmental protection. It is celebrated in 193 countries. It started in 1970 and was created to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. It is about appreciating and protecting our environment. Earth day is a day dedicated to creating awareness about the earth and understanding the issues,

There are many ways that we as individuals can help protect our earth. Any small things that you can change in your lifestyle can really make a difference. Here are some things that I do in my life to help the environment.

DRIVE AN ELECTRIC CAR

Driving an EV (electric vehicle) helps  to reduce harmful air pollution from exhaust emissions. An EV has zero exhaust emissions, renewable energy: If you use renewable energy to recharge your EV, you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions even further. I LOVE NOT GETTING GAS ANYMORE, IT IS THE BEST!!

USING GLASS BOTTES INSTEAD OF PLASTIC

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In the U.S., 1500 plastic water bottles are consumed every second. Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol (BPA)  the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA has been linked to a lot of health problems including certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies. These are just to name a few. Plastic bottle tops are not recyclable, and they usually end up on the bottom of the ocean and in the stomachs of various animals that think they are food , and as with plastic bags they often end up at the bottom of the ocean, and in the stomachs of a variety of animal species that mistake them for food. One albatross that was recently found dead on a Hawaiian island had a stomach full of 119 bottle caps.

I don’t buy plastic water bottles anymore, I fill glass water bottles that I purchased on Amazon. They are dishwasher safe and I personally think that the water tastes better.


NO MORE PLASTIC STRAWS

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500 million straws are used in the U.S. everyday. That is enough to circle the earth 2.5 times. It takes 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose and can’t be recycled in most places. Each year 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic. Need I say more? I recently found these great straws by Avoplast, that are made from avocado pits. They are 100% eco-friendly. They don’t fall apart in a hot or cold drink. Avoplast also makes eating utensils.

Straws made from avocado pits

Straws made from avocado pits

RE-USEABLE GROCERY BAGS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC

plastic waste near the ocean

plastic waste near the ocean

  1. Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.

  2. The average American family takes home almost 1500 plastic bags a year.

  3. According to Waste Management, only 1 % of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter.

  4. 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.

  5. One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.

  6. Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes

  7. It takes 500 years or more for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill, they don’t really break down completely

Need I say more?? GO AND GET YOUR RE-USEABLE BAGS!!

Trader Joes re-useable bags 99 cents each

Trader Joes re-useable bags 99 cents each

BODY WASH THAT IS SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Dr. Bronners Baby unscented soap

Dr. Bronners Baby unscented soap

I have been using Dr. Bronners Pure castile soap for several years. I particularly love the Hemp baby unscented. I also used it to clean my makeup brushes, and bathing suits. It is 100% completely biodegradable and vegetable based, everything that goes into a Dr. Bronner’s product will decompose naturally without disrupting the environmental balance. The soaps contain no synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, dyes or whiteners making them safe for the whole family, and environment. All Dr. Bronner’s containers are 100% post consumer recycled bottles meaning the entire product is produced from recycled materials and they are able to be recycled, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. Dr. Bronner’s products come in several different scents and can be purchased at almost any grocery store

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET

Buying produce from local farmers not only guarantees you fresher, more delicious fruits and vegetables, but it also helps the environment. Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate using large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels). Sustainable agriculture uses fewer resources reducing the pollution to our water, land, and air.

I love the Leucadia Farmers Market. Open on Sundays from 10am-2pm. I also love the one in La Jolla and Little Italy.











Belinda Donner