Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sustainability Fact of the Week

Sustainability means something different to almost everyone. Buying local, growing your own food, recycling, and purchasing goods made from natural ingredients are all great steps that we can take in our immediate community to catalyze a more sustainable future.
Perhaps the best way to build a more sustainable lifestyle is to talk about it, to get the word out, and to learn more. Soak up the facts about climate change, global resources, and alternative oil options. Know the pros and cons about natural ingredients and LEED. Each week or two I will feature a sustainability fact to help inform and know what you can do to help. I by no means know everything there is to know about sustainability, but I will find legitimate sources and sites to help us learn together. If you have any tips, comments, or suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Fact of the Week:
According to the EPA, the United States produces approximately 220 million tons of garbage each year, the equivalent of burying more than 82,000 football fields six feet deep in compacted garbage. The National Recycling Coalition reports that, on average, every American throws away more than seven pounds of garbage a day.

Here are some other great sites to check out to learn more:

{Images courtesy of My Trash Can,  Ocean World, & Recycle Raccoon}

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