Shaking up "being green"

Common fallacies and quick turn arounds.

Drink bottled water?
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Drink from nature not nestle

When water started being sold in plastic bottles, many people didn't think it would take off. However, the bottled water marketing campaign led by corporations like Nestle and Coca Cola was expensive and clever. They had to convince people over time, that what occurred naturally was dangerous, but when they put it into plastic, it somehow became safe. To make plastic bottles for water causes inordinate amounts of water and air pollution, as well as the dangers of landfill emitting toxic gases over time.  Regarding whether it's healthy, not only is there no evidence that bottled water is better than tap water (in fact, your bottled water is likely to be chemically treated tap water). 

Drink Tap Water

Benefits:

  1. save $
  2. reduce fossil fuel use
  3. reduce your rubbish

I need to buy clothes for work
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Buy second-hand

Buy It Again

There is so much stuff in the world: more than we could ever possibly use. So the next time you need some clothes, go to your local second-hand shop. They sell near-new clothes for much less than the original price, and the cost often goes to local needs and charities, so it keeps the money moving around your area, helping everyone. Also, you lower your contribution to production-consumption pollution, and often find much groovier things!

  1. look extra cool
  2. support local causes
  3. find novelties
  4. reduce pollution associated with production and freight.
  5. reduce child labour

Recycle your coffee cup?
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bring Your own Cup

There is no such thing as a green single-use cup. It costs water, resources and energy to create these cups, when we already have plenty of permanent cups in the world. Even though these single-use cups tell us they are "green" because they are compostable, most people don't have composts. So the cups go to landfill.  This means more garbage that we all - directly or indirectly - have to live with. It's so easy to bring your own cup to your local coffee shop. And you don't have to buy one! Just use one that you have at home. Many coffee shops offer a discount if you bring your own cup.

USE YOUR OWN cup

Benefits:

  1. save $
  2. reduce your rubbish
  3. reduce water and air pollution
  4. drink out of a real cup

Manufacturing paper cups pollutes our waterways, and making foam cups pollutes our air. 


Use paper bags?
Two of nature's bags.

Two of nature's bags.

Use Nature's Bags Instead!

However, if you do have to use a bag (in addition to nature's two wonderful bags complete with "handles" pictured above), here is some info you may not know.

Repeated studies show that conventional plastic shopping bags are better for the environment than paper bags. Paper bags don't have as many re-uses in them as plastic, and they are also more resource intensive to create. The key to bags as a shopper, is re-usability, so the bags don't end up in landfill or in our oceans. 

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The key is to re-use, re-use, re-use. Don't buy non-plastic bags with green slogans on them. That's just companies getting you to buy more stuff you don't need while making you feel you're doing something for the environment (it's called "greenwashing"). Ask for shops not to give you a bag. If they do give you one, give it back to them. Bring your own. Whether it's paper, plastic, cloth or made out of old socks, re-using what you already have is the very best thing you can do. Anything else just adds to the problem

Reuse what you have

Benefits:

  1. save $
  2. reduce fossil fuels
  3. reduce land-fill greenhouse gas emissions.

Eat organic meat?

eat an animal-free diet

There is no humane way to kill someone who wants to live. "Happy  meat" is a marketing ploy and an absolute lie. As one singular person, the best and easiest thing you can do for your own body, for the lives of others, and for the environment you live in, is to stop consuming animal products. Meat, milk and eggs are responsible for the vast majority of the worlds deforestation, water pollution, land degradation, and food insecurity. Most of the worlds grain feeds animals killed for people accustomed to the seriously unhealthy "western" or "American" diet, while the poor go hungry. Read the China Study for more scientific information. Visit veganeasy.org for recipes, support and information about the lives and personhood of those whom we are eating.  

Do the Challenge 22 

Benefits:

  1. save lives
  2. improve your health
  3. feed the poor
  4. reduce deforestation
  5. reduce land degradation
  6. reduce water and air pollution
  7. reduce suffering, of humans (slaughterhouse workers and their families) and of non-humans (who are killed).

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