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Our Green Footprints: Recovery and Maintenance

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Environmental Footprints

Many things are being discussed worldwide that can improve the quality of our lives, and that of our planet. Some of the discussions are about huge projects that require much manpower and additional resources to reach a certain goal. That is good, but we each must take measures of our own to help with our environmental footprints on the planet.

These measures should be worked into your daily routine, and not only will you help save our planet, but you will also reduce your expenditures by recycling and using products over and over again.

Footprints symbolizing the protection of our environment.

Footprints symbolizing the protection of our environment.

Organic Food

There are many things that we can do to make living green more of a reality than just buying organically grown food and recycling products. One thing is to try and avoid the impact that the delivery of organic food has on the environment. In other words, it's great to use these products, but to raise them yourself, or to buy locally, helps prevent the use of fuel-powered delivery trucks and other fuel consuming, and carbon-emitting vehicles from being used.

Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables

If you have a green thumb, and a little space, you can grow a variety of organic vegetables, fruits, berries, and nuts. The use of natural, organic fertilizer and pesticide will serve the same purpose as the manufactured variety, with a lot less chance of intake of harmful chemicals.

One of the best fertilizers is redworm castings, which is similar to barnyard fertilizer, except, much better. You can build worm beds out of many materials, and even use containers which usually go to the landfill; thereby, taking another step toward that green footprint.

If you live in a house or apartment with little, or no place to plant a full garden, you can take advantage of balconies, window ledges, stacked, offset containers, and other means to be able to grow some organic food.

My own organic garden

My own organic garden

Look For Reusable Products Close to Home

Furthermore, if you are looking for reusable products, watch for them closer to home, even on your own property, or check with neighbors. Again, this eliminates the use of fuel-burning vehicles to deliver recyclable materials. Moreover, if you recycle, and sell your recycled products, check for consumers in your area that might be interested in what you provide.

You might even want to adopt a section of roadway on each side of your driveway, and take on the responsibility of picking up trash, and using what material you can in some of your projects.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Take reusable bags with you to shop. This cuts down on the number of plastic bags that end up as litter, or as hazards to marine life, as well as, some land animals. The reusable bags, also help preserve our timberlands and prevents the cutting of trees for the making of paper bags.

Make Your Own Bags

You can even do so much more if you are skilled with a sewing machine. Instead of throwing worn and torn clothes away, turn them into shopping bags. You can even make a profit from these by selling them to others that don't have your skills. You can go one step further; put your name on them, or the name of people that might purchase them from you. They would also make great gifts and very personal Christmas presents.

Plastic Bag Excesses

In an article in "About News," writer, Larry West states, "Experts estimate that 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed and discarded annually worldwide—more than a million per minute." That is a lot; no that is an unacceptable lot!

Plastic in a garbage dumpster

Plastic in a garbage dumpster

Diapers

With our busy schedules today, many of us think we don't have time to maintain cloth diapers for your baby, but if you do, you will save yourself a lot of money and help protect our environment. It has been determined that a disposable diaper will take approximately 500 years to decompose, and you can image how many diapers would be lying around in our landfills after 500 years.

"Why should we worry about those diapers?" You ask. Well, there are several reasons they ham our environment. Consider millions of tons of untreated waste in our landfills each year, and how they contaminate groundwater. Also, viruses can be found in some baby's' excrements. This can also get into our water sources.

Conclusion

I hope you have gained more knowledge about the way different things affect our Earth and make a determination to go green. Also, if you are interested in raising redworms for compost fertilizer, watch the video below.

References

How Stuff Works - https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm

EPA - https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics

Healthline - https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics


© 2019 Gerry Glenn Jones

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