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Environmental Cutie

 People who are truly environmentally responsible have an edge in fashion because they don’t look, well, “trashy”. In order to not be trashy you have to kick some habits from your daily routine starting with eco-killer plastic and over packaged goods.

Stop using so many plastic bottles and start using glass. Glass Jars are the easiest and most cost effective way of becoming environmentally responsible AND stylish. You buy food stored in glass jars all of the time. Instead of recycling them (god for bid, throwing them out) use them! You will be surprised at how many cool looking jars are out there. Wash them well and use them for all your drinking ventures. Picture to Right: No Impact Man Cup

Mind Changing Facts: No excuses

  • American tap water is among the safest in the world. 
  • Plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water if left in the sun, heated up, or reused several times.
  • 88% of empty plastic water bottles in the United States are not recycled. The Container Recycling Institute says that plastic water bottles are disposed of (not recycled) at the rate of 30 million a day.
  • As much as 40% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. is just filtered tap water anyway. Be sure to check the label and look for “from a municipal source” or “community water system”, which just means it is tap water.
  • By drinking tap water, you can avoid the fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, and other chemicals that studies have found in bottled water (The Good Human Blog). 

Rid your-self of plastic bags. Plastic bags are largely used for food: groceries and food storage in the U.S. There are thousands of “green” stores out there that sell stylish, colorful bags that would suit any fashionistas taste. Not only are these bags stylish but sturdy and roomy. Once you have your bags, always return them to your car after usage, remember, no excuses, stop the cycle. Bags to Right:  Rume Bags

Mind Changing Facts: No excuses

  • According to reusable bag entrepreneur, Vincent Cobb, who launched the Web site http://Reusablebags.com (for education advocacy), calculations extracted from data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency “in 2001 on U.S. plastic bag, sack, and wrap consumption, somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Of those, millions end up in the litter stream outside of landfills—estimates range from less than one to three percent of the bags” (National Geographic).

Make a positive statement and skip all those wasteful 100 calorie packs (selfish) and become selfless (environmental) and fashionable by using reusable packaging that comes in any portion size (sandwiches, snacks…). And don’t forget your Tupperware! Organize your Tupperware so it’s easy to reach for when you’re in your morning rush to make the lunches. Picture to Right: LunchSkins, 

Mind Changing Facts: No excuses

  • About 100,000 animals such as dolphins, turtles whales, penguins are killed every year due to plastic bags (Buzzle.com).
  • Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and the he decomposition of plastic bags takes about 1000 years (Buzzle.com).
  • The manufacture of plastic bags add tons of carbon emissions into the air annually (Buzzle.com).
  • It is estimated that an average individual uses around 130 plastic bags per year (Earth Resource Foundation)  

Would a real fashionista help contribute to the Great Garbage Patch? ? ? 

Great Garbage Patch

 

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