Lifestyle: Recycling Your Life Towards a Better Future

First airing on the second Earth Day, in 1971, The Ad Council
partnered with Keep America Beautiful to create an ad to show how
every individual has the responsibility to help protect the environment.
(The ad featured Italian-American actor, who became a Native American;
Iron Eyes Cody and his single glycerin tear.) The series of ads became
one of the most memorable and successful campaigns in advertising
history. Phones rang off the hook at Keep America Beautiful
office with people asking how they could help. 

But here we still are with a big mess on our hands.

Some people make use of the Recyling bin
or use their 'green' shopping bag. 
Some just are yet not in the habit.
But I'm not here to judge. But perhaps gently nudge.
Here's a few facts for you (from just the United States!):
  • -About 10 Billion paper bags are used each year, requiring 14 Million trees to be cut.
  • -100 Million plastic shopping bags are used annually, which are made using 12 Million BARRELS of crude oil to produce.
  • -Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours, the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline; we use over 80 Billion aluminum cans yearly!
  • -Aluminum and glass can be recycled over and over again. 
The oil, timber and mining companies would love it if you would
please ignore these facts...it makes them a lot of money.
But I am asking if you would please consider to make a commitment
to some small, yet positive change in your lifestyle habits this year.
Make yours a truly 'eco-style life', ...for a beautiful world.

For more information, just use 'recycling facts' as a search term.

1 comment

  1. Great post, Stephanie. My wife and I do a little, and every little bit helps. We recylce (it's great that our city makes it easy for us by providing recycling trash cans for weekly pickup by the garage collection trucks). We bring our "green" shopping bags to the food store (we have about 7-8 of them, and two of them are colored green!). We are going to switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins (saves some trees, and saves us money, too -- so everyone wins). Sometimes I walk to the drugstore and the food store, but only for small purchases, because I have to walk up a 1/2-mile long hill to get back home from the food store. I learned to consolidate my driving trips when the price of gas went up a couple of years ago (now it is up again) -- so, for example, I don't usually make extra trips to the post office, but wait until my workdays to stop at the post office, since it is only one block off my driving route to work. We began to use the CFL energy saving bulbs in the house, although I will admit we don't use them in every fixture. I know some people do much more than I do, but I do what I can.

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