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According to this report, an estimated 40 percent of food, from the farm to our table, is wasted in the United States. That adds up to an incredulous $165 BILLION dollars per year being thrown away by Americans! This is especially horrendous when you consider the fact that an estimated 800 million people around the world don't have enough food to eat. The food that Americans waste would feed each of those starving people twice-over!
Plastic pollution is the worst, and the worst part is that it's everywhere. It's in our oceans, on land; if you take a walk through your neighborhood, I bet you'll find plastic pollution pretty close to where you live. It seems so inescapable.
Plastic is such a prevalent part of our everyday lives that it's impossible to avoid. Foods are packaged in it, most cleaning supplies are in plastic containers, lunch boxes, jewelry, even some clothing and accessories contain plastic!
Here's the scenario...you make a full pot of coffee on a morning that you're feeling particularly tired, but only drink a couple of cups of it before running out the door to work/school/errands/little league, etc.
One of the greatest things we can accomplish as lovers of the environment is creating zero-waste spaces at home and work. It's not as easy as you think. Many of the products we use are geared toward eventually creating waste. How do we break out of that cycle?
It's a real dilemma for environmentally conscious celebrators of Christmas - should I get a real Christmas tree or a fake one?
About 60% of Americas set up a fake Christmas tree year after year. My family was one of them! I think my mother has been putting up the same fake tree for 30 years now. But is my mom on the right side of this issue? Let's first look at the live tree: