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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

It's Not Easy Being Green

Yes it is!!!

In honor of Earth Day, here are some surprising facts for you
  • If you throw away 2 aluminum cans, you waste more energy than 1,000,000,000 (one billion) of the world's poorest people use a day.
  • Making a new can from scratch uses the uses the energy equal to half a can of gasoline.
  • About one third of what an average American throws out is packaging.
  • More than 1,000,000,000 (one billion) trees are used to make disposable diapers every year.
  • Each minute 50 acres of rain forest are destroyed.
  • On average, a person in the US uses energy two times more than a person in Japan or West Germany does, and 50 times more than a person in India.
  • About 90% of the energy used in lighting a standard (incandescent) light bulb is lost as heat.
  • Air conditioning uses 10 times more energy than a fan, therefore, it creates 10 times the pollutants.
  • It takes half the output of the Alaskan pipeline to heat the air that escapes from all the homes in the US during a year.
  • Cars and pick-up trucks are responsible for about 20% of the carbon dioxide released into the air.
  • There are about 500 million automobiles on the planet, burning an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day. Each gallon releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • About 80% of our trash goes to landfills, 10% is incinerated, and 10% is recycled.
  • Since there is little oxygen underground, where we bury our garbage, to help bacteria eat the garbage, almost nothing happens to it. Scientists have dug into landfills and found ears of corn still intact after 20 years, and newspapers still readable after 30.
  • The average American makes about 3.5 pounds of trash a day.
  • In a year, the average American uses as much wood in the form of paper as the average resident of the developing world burns as fuel.
And some things YOU can do to make a difference

  • Turn off lights.
  • Turn off other electric things, like TVs, stereos, and radios when not in use.
  • Use rechargable batteries.
  • Do things manually instead of electrically, like open cans by hand.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioners.
  • In winter, wear a sweater instead of turning up your thermostat.
  • Insulate your home so you won't be cold in winter.
  • Use less hot water.
  • Whenever possible, use a bus or subway, or ride your bike or walk.
  • Try to buy organic fruits and vegetables
  • Don't waste products made from forest materials.
  • Use recycled paper and/or recycle it. Reuse old papers.
  • Don't buy products that may have been made at the expense of the rainforest.
  • Support products that are harvested from the rainforest but have not cut down trees to get it.
  • Plant trees, espessially if you have cut one down.
  • Get other people to help you in your cause. Make and/or join an organization.
  • Avoid products that are used once, then thrown away.
  • Buy products with little or no packaging.
  • Encourage your grocery store sell environmentally friendly cloth bags for people to use when they shop, or bring your own.
  • Compost.
  • Buy recycled products.
  • Don't buy pets taken from the wild.
  • Don't buy products if animals were killed to make it or used to test it.
  • Cut up your six-pack rings before throwing them out.
  • Don't use chemicals in your household, instead make your own cleaners or look for one's that are biodegradable
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  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    8:57 AM  

    YAY for Earth Day and going green!!!

    Steph top

  • Blogger amy says so:
    12:39 PM  

    Amen! top

  • Blogger Heidi says so:
    6:35 PM  

    Thanks for the facts tips!!!!! top

  • Blogger Amber says so:
    9:05 AM  

    Fantastic facts and an even better implementation plan! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    11:16 AM  

    Each minute 50 acres of rain forest are destroyed. what kind of machine are they using to do this. that is amazing if it is true. one minute, you cant even make rice that fast.
    Some of the things you can do can save money too. also, i have seen old blue jeans used as insulation now. Use old newspaper to clean windows (limit washing) or use to package things. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    2:05 PM  

    Wow, that's a lot of info!!!! top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    11:09 PM  

    Great list of facts! My biggest complaint w/UBR is how much packaging I receive and send. I always try to reuse (then I worry customers will think why the heck and I sending stuff in old boxes) but I just cant go for pretty packaging when I could reuse. But I get sooooo much, it's insane and most of it is already reused so many times it has to go to recycling. I've cut back on my tissue paper use too, skip it if I can. top

  • Blogger Carrie says so:
    12:47 PM  

    What a great post. I had an earth day post on my blog, but not nearly as informative as yours! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    11:49 PM  

    I love the idea of going green, but I admit, we have a lot of tweaking to do in our family. We reduce, reuse, and recycle. But here is one thing that really burns me. Quality products are a thing of the past. For example, we bought a CD boom box the year before last. Within 6 months it didn't work properly. Contacted the manufactureer to find the warranty didn't cover it, and the repairs were more than the unit cost. MInd you, we gave it to someone else who was going to let their son tinker with it, but that meant we had to buy another one. Another thing we had was a TV. We bought a TV 5 years ago. A costly TV. It has broken 3 times and with costly repairs. It recently broke again and the repairs are more than are willing to pay. I called the company to see if they would at least cover part of the repairs since we have spent so much in 5 years on repairing the thing. They said no, too bad. We tried selling it for parts or small repair and no one wanted it. So now we have this TV that is unusable, was one of consumer reports best list, and no wants it. So we tried to give it away. No one wanted it. When we thought about it, we realized we could have bought a cheaper model at a discount place and if it only lasted a year, we could have gotten another one and still paid a fraction of the set we have. SO my question is, how do you buy things that last, when they aren't made to last anymore. Seems our throw away mentality is in the manufacturing too. Sorry to grumble about this. This is an EXCELLENT post! top

  • Blogger Alison says so:
    7:17 AM  

    I have to agree with your first point- it is easy being green.

    Mostly it's just changing old habits and perspectives. After a week, new 'green' actions become part of ones daily routine and not hard at all. top