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Did you know that the average person creates 4.3 pounds of garbage each day?? That means in one year, just one person creates 1,599.5 pounds of trash! Crazy right? What’s worse, Americans generate 10.5 TONS of Plastic waste each year…and only recycle 1-2% of it. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash end up in our ocean in the span of 365 days. See, when we’re taking the trash out to the road every week, we don’t realize just exactly how much trash is in our cans, and where exactly it’s going. The majority of people just wake up and think “hey, it’s trash day, I better put the cans at the end of the driveway.” Then, they carry on with their day. Me included. Until now.
Lately I’ve been looking at the Earth with disgust. What happened to our beautiful planet? And I decided that I’m going to make a change in how much trash I use up. Even if I remove 1 pound of trash from the average 4.3 per day, that’s a whole 365 pounds of trash NOT going into the Earth or Ocean. So how am I going to do this? Let me tell you, my friend.
Recycling is a huge part of it. I know, I know…sounds like a hassle, right? Wrong! In fact, some states even have a law for Mandatory Recycling and a Landfill BAN. Some of these glorious states include: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. Some cities like Seattle even have a ban on plastic bags. Yippee! Just like a trash can, many areas also provide a recycling can or bin, which makes recycling all the easier.
Here’s 4 tips on how you can recycle:
1. Know what you can and can’t recycle. Every state and city is different. For example, Florida doesn’t recycle paper plates or napkins, but Maryland does.
2. Buy recycled goods. Recycled water bottles, recycled paper towels, toilet paper, etc. You can buy the recycled options!
3. Upcycle! You can repurpose things when you’re done using them. Pinterest has some great options.
4. Donate. If you don’t love something, try donating it instead of giving it to the trash.
You can also get together with some friends and head off to the beach to pick up trash. It’s so sad to see all the animals that die from eating plastic in the ocean or turtles that get deformed from getting stuck in soda rings.
There’s other ways that help save the Earth and Ocean that don’t even require leaving the house. Brands like Sand Cloud donate 10% of each purchase to Marine Conservations. Speaking of Sand Cloud…
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Sand Cloud carries many cute items such as:
- Water bottles
- Phone Cases
- and Tapestry. They are also going to be adding new items soon!
I love their towels because the sand sifts right through it and doesn’t get trapped. They’re perfect for the beach!
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I’d love to here about how you help the Earth! Do you have any recycling tips? Ocean tips? Share them with me in the comments!!