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Green to the extreme

5 fun, kooky but extremely realistic ways to help the environment.

 

1.  Stop blowing your nose! 
It’s icky, noisy and uses up wa-ay too much resource.  Do you know how many tissues are used just for nose blowing each year?  No?  Well, read and learn!  
 
Tissues are normally used for a single nose blowing, whether a lot came out or not, and are tossed into the waste bin.   Let’s say, on average, you use between 2-5 tissues per day.  So, multiplying by 365 (for the days in a year), the grand total ends up being anywhere between 730-1825 tissues per year.  
 
Now, let’s convert that into weight…one piece of facial tissue weighs about 100 grams.  Multiply 730-1825 tissues by 100 grams and you get 7,300-182,500 grams.  Then, using one of those fancy-schmancy conversion calculators on the internet, you get a range of roughly 16-402 pounds per year of used facial tissues.  
 
If we all stop blowing our noses with facial tissues, we can save anywhere between 1 to 5 trees per year.  It’s hard to say how much America would save altogether because of the different variations of tree weights, but, in general, ditch the tissues, get a handkerchief and save some tress!

 

2.  Dig a hole for your dung.  
We all use a butt-load (pun intended) of water every year for our waste products.  About 1.6 gallons are used once per flush.  Translating that amount to a years’ consumption, we use 584 gallons of water annually.   Also, the water that is in the toilet is usually fresh water (meaning we could actually drink it without much of a problem).  Therefore, if we changed the habit, we could use the 584 gallons to water crops or drink.
 
Since passing an act of some sort to change the water we put into toilets takes several years to complete…we could all just simply boycott the toilet and go dig a hole somewhere!  People used to dig holes for their waste products back when we all inhabited unindustrialized areas.  It isn’t uncommon; people who go camping (the tent and fire with sticks kind of camping), often dig a hole a little ways from the camp site and use that to deposit their daily waste products.  
 
Dig a hole and save some water.
 

 

3.  We have fingers, used them for your teeth.
Those of us who appreciate good hygiene are sure to maintain our teeth brushing routines.  However, the energy it takes to manufacture a toothbrush is outrageous.  Think of the electricity, plastic and other components it takes to produce even some of the smallest items.  Now apply that to a toothbrush.  
 
50 to 80 million pounds of old toothbrushes are thrown out and accumulated in landfills every year!  Don’t you think that, if we used our fingers to brush our teeth, we’d be able to save a lot of resource?  The process is simple…
 *Acquire your preferred toothpaste
 *Squeeze a small amount onto your finger like you would a toothbrush
 *Stick your finger in your mouth
 *Start brushing away!
 

 
 

4.  Berries as lip color.
Lipstick company’s produce anywhere between 3,600 - 57,600 tubes per day.  Translated, manufacturers make between 1,314,000 - 21,024,000 lipstick tubes per year.  Tons of pounds of alcohol, wax, oil and pigment are used every year for a cosmetic product that most women seem to misplace and never find.
 
Now, if all of those people who used lipstick switched to berries, we’d be able to conserve valuable resources.  As a starter, you could go to your nearest market and purchase blueberries, cranberries or whichever berry can be easily broken down.  Next, pour the berries into a bowl and find a smashing/grinding item.  Mash the berries until the consistency is smooth enough to comfortably put on your lips.  
 
The end result will not have the same consistency of manufactured lipstick but the product will be able to stain lips the berries’ particular color.  Blueberries will give lips a darker color; cranberries will make lips a reddish color and so on.  
 
Using berries is the same as buying lip stain that what's-her-name advertises.
 

 

5.  New age/Old fashioned telephone.
Ever play a game when you were a child with two tin cans and a string connecting them?  This is the same concept.  
 
In an effort to save money and energy, we could try converting our wireless telephone systems into the simplistic two cans and a string technique.  And, before there’s a big debate over whether this technique really works, there is actual scientific proof.
 
Whether you believe it or not, it’s worth a shot.  If it doesn’t work for you, at least it was a fun experience.

*While all ideas are highly possible to do, please be careful when conducting them.

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