REFUSE - Over 500 million straws are thrown away everyday in the US.
“80% of all marine debris found in the ocean is land based, and 80-90% of the marine debris is made from plastic.”
REPLACE - reusable- silicone, glass, aluminum, compostable, or no straw at all.
REQUEST - Most importantly use your voice and SPEAK UP to insure businesses hear you!
REMEMEBER - if you forget your reusable straw then go without!
REMIND - remind your friends to bring theirs or give them one of yours!
REFUSE - Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is less than 23 percent.
REPLACE - forever bottles- glass, aluminum, collapsable. The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
REMEMBER - For events you can byob, most places will allow entry of a water bottle so long as it’s empty and you fill up at the location.
“Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.”- Source banthebottle.net
Switching to tap water and reusable bottles isn’t simply a sustainable practice, it’s a healthy act for your body and budget.
Energy consumption Natural gas: 33% Petroleum (crude oil & natural gas): 28% Coal: 17% Nuclear electric power: 10%"
Renewable energy: 12%
REFUSE- As individuals we have the chance to invest our money to into non profits/programs that help connect renewable sources to the grid. From rebates for solar panels, electric cars, to solar backpacks. We have the power to invest and improve green energy.
Residential and transportation consumption is 50%…
REPLACE - Energy can feel like a big one to tackle. Start with little steps- eco bulbs, sensor lights outside, outlet cords, turn off lights, carpool, ride bikes.
REQUEST - “Being represented by our governments, we globally subsidize fossil fuel in the trillions.” - Americangeosciences.org
See your daily life light up while reducing unnecessary consumption.
Farming requires fossil fuels for pesticide and fertilizier production to farm equipment and trucks to ship produce.
REFUSE - roughly 85% of food is imported. of that percentage, many are not fair trade, or contain heavy chemicals or inhumane practices.
REPLACE- farmers markets allow you to support local while.. Growing a garden is absolutely the most radical thing you can do. Using rain water, going organic, and supporting local is not only therapeutic.. It gives you the power to cut the cord from fossil fuels.
REQUEST - If you have a favorite restaurant or grocery store, be sure to tell them you’re goals and what products you boycott and for what reason.
REMEMBER - reduce food waste as well..
Dependent agriculture and factory farms are single handedly contaminating our oceans, sucking up our water, raping our soil, and abusing our animals.