Green, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable
Whatever you choose to call it, make it your choice
We exist as one with this amazing revolving orb of life and thus our survival is entirely dependent upon being good stewards. What can we do? One step is to create a demand for sustainably produced products. This encourages the redevelopment of business and production practices to come in line with sustainability. Remember, it’s not just the big stuff, it’s the little stuff too; it’s what you wear, the door mat you choose, the artwork on your wall, the key chain you carry. We hope you’ll think about the impact of each purchase you make – we know you’ll make a difference.
Why We Should Recycle and Reuse
The environmental clock is ticking: we must take action. Millions of pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped in landfills every year, slowly poisoning the air and groundwater, despite plastic liners now required. As garbage decomposes, methane and toxic gases are released into the air, which contributes to global warming. Methane is 21 times more potent in its greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide from car exhaust, and landfills are the largest man-made source of methane. (www.besafenet.com)
It is clear that recycling is one important choice to make. While all manufacturing causes pollution, it is dramatically less with recycled resources than virgin materials. Additionally, by utilizing recycled materials we eliminate the mining, drilling, and cutting involved in procuring virgin materials.
Recycling about 30% of our waste annually saves the energy equivalent of nearly 12 billion gallons of gasoline and reduces greenhouse gases equal to taking 25 million cars off the road!
Reuse is even better. Take a discarded item and, with a little finessing, give it a new life with an entirely different function.
Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than producing paper from virgin fibers. Using recycled cans instead of extracting ore to make aluminum cans produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.
Organically Grown Cotton
We think about organic food-who wants to ingest all those chemicals? But it is equally important to think about what we wear: ultimately, any chemicals used on crops end up in our bodies through the water and air, as well as placing the earth in jeopardy. One important choice that you can make to preserve your planet is to purchase eco-clothing. When you buy clothing manufactured with organically grown cotton you make a tremendous difference for your planet. Consider the following facts of conventionally grown cotton- problems that are eliminated through the use of organic cotton.
“Researchers studying water quality in 20 of the largest and most important U.S. river basins found 83 pesticides and breakdown products in water and 32 pesticides in fish or stream bed sediment. More than half the streams sampled had concentrations of at least one pesticide that exceeded guidelines for protecting aquatic life. A global survey of groundwater pollution shows that a toxic brew of pesticides, nitrogen fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and heavy metals is fouling groundwater everywhere.” www.ota.com
Conventionally grown cotton uses approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides. According to the USDA, 55 million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003, ranking cotton third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed. Over 2 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000. The EPA considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens.
The Advantages of Eco-Friendly Hemp
Hemp has been grown for over 10,000 years as an ecological source of fuel, food, and fiber. The economic advantages of hemp even prompted George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to grow it themselves. Since their time, hemp has been utilized to produce eco-friendly alternatives to plastic and petrochemical products as well as sound and strong building materials. (www.thehia.org)
Sadly, the U.S. is currently the only industrialized nation in the world that does not permit the production of hemp. Your purchase of hemp clothing and products will be an environmentally sound purchase and help bring awareness to and support for converting some of our agricultural lands to more ecologically sound hemp crops.
Hemp can be easily grown without herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides.
Yields 250% more fiber per acre than cotton, and 600% more than flax.
Produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis.
Has tremendous erosion prevention capacity with roots anchoring deep to prevent soil runoff and preserve topsoil.
Hemp leaves shed throughout the growing season, adding rich organic matter to topsoil and retaining moisture.
Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.
Save Our Rainforests
The rainforest is the oldest living eco-system on earth: more than half of the world’s species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests; one-fifth of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin; & more than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.
But the rainforests are in trouble: 1.5 acres are lost every second; rainforests once covered 14% of the earth and now they cover 6% with a continuing decline; there are less than 200,000 Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest today, down from an estimated ten million five centuries ago.
Most rainforests are cleared for the value of timber and then the land is utilized for farming and ranching operations, even by world giants like Mitsubishi, Georgia Pacific, Texaco, and others.
Damage to the rainforest has dangerous consequences for the planet. But in order to save the rainforests, we must establish preservation to have a stronger economic incentive than pillaging. This can only happen through a demand for sustainably harvested rainforest products. This economic incentive will discourage the destruction of forests for timber as the rainforest will provide an ongoing source of income for native communities. For more information please visit www.rainforestweb.org, www.ran.org, and www.savetherainforest.org.