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SustainAbility Newsletter

Simple Actions Go a Long Way

As our daily lives seem busier than ever, most of us can get overwhelmed by being told of changes that we can make in the way we live in our daily environments.  If each person just changed a few things, we would all make a huge impact on reducing carbon emissions and excess waste.  We can all collectively help produce a change in the way that many large companies do business. We have seen it with organic produce and other more natural organic groceries. Ten years ago we did not see as much organic produce and other organic, healthier groceries available in the larger grocery chain stores.  People have demanded healthier options. The more options that are available, the more affordable and accessible these options become, but try not to get burned out by it all... The problem with 'Green Fatigue; What is it?

Fewer Americans are integrating green behavior such as water conservation, composting, recycling electronics and buying fuel efficient cars, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive.
   
Harris Interactive conducted a poll of 2,352 U.S. adults and found:

  • 57 percent of Americans are trying to use less water, down from 60 percent in 2009.
  • 15 percent of Americans are buying organic products, down from 17 percent a year ago.
  • 30 percent are buying Energy Star appliances, down from 36 percent a year ago.
  • 32 percent are donating or recycling electronics, down from 41 percent a year ago.
  • 20 percent are installing a low-flow showerhead or toilet, down from 25 percent a year ago.
  • 8 percent are buying a hybrid or more fuel efficient car, down from 13 percent in 2009


With those results, it’s worth pondering a few reasons why there’s a drop-off. Here are a few theories worth pondering:

  • Greenwashing. Is there a product that isn’t green these days. When every manufacturer or service provider is pitching green as a marketing pitch, Americans tune out. Simply put, it’s green overload - we've all become green fatigued!
  • Return on being green. Money is tight and some green behaviors—notably purchasing organic products—are more expensive.
  • The global warming research flap. We’re not going to get into the merits of the science behind global warming, but there has been enough controversy to make folks tune out.
  • We’re already green. One key item in the Harris Poll is that 20 percent of U.S. adults now see themselves as conservationists, up from 17 percent in 2009. Eighteen percent of Americans consider themselves green, up from 13 percent a year ago.    

More on these results:

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Audubon Lifestyles
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The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 
  

The Cornell Lab
birds.cornell.edu

Small Business Trends
www.smallbiztrends.com              

Sanford Golf Design
www.sanfordgolfdesign.com

Scotland Yards Golf Club
http://www.scotlandyards.com

Technorati
www.technorati.com

Turf Feeding Systems
www.turffeeding.com

Love and Dodson
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The Dodson Group
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Saving Resources

Reuse

Most of the materials that go into making what we use -- from airplanes to toilet paper -- are made from nonrenewable resources that are being rapidly depleted. U.S. reserves of oil, aluminum ore, and iron ore are disappearing. At today's rates of consumption, world copper reserves will be depleted in less than 100 years.

What you can do
Recycle materials you use- Recycling saves resources, decreases the use of toxic chemicals, cuts energy use, helps curb global warming, stems the flow of water and air pollution, and reduces the need for landfills and incinerators. Make an effort to participate fully in your town's or your building's recycling program. If there's no recycling program where you live, encourage local officials to start one. If you have a recycling program where you live, work to expand it. In the meantime, learn where you can take items such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic, and tires to be recycled, then take your recycling there.

Buy recycled products- Look on the label for the products or packaging with the greatest percentage of post-consumer recycled content, which ensures that a percentage of materials have been used before. Try to buy paper products that have more than 50 percent post-consumer content.

Compost- Composting reduces the burden on overflowing landfills and gives you a great natural fertilizer for plants and gardens. Buy a composting kit at a garden supply or hardware store. Start with yard trimmings, fruit and vegetable food scraps, and coffee grounds.

Buy products with less packaging- A large percentage of the paper, cardboard, and plastic we use goes into packaging -- much of it wasteful and unnecessary. When you buy a product, look at the packaging and ask: Can it be reused? Is it made of post-consumer recycled materials? Is it necessary at all? Reward those companies that are most enlightened about their use of packaging by purchasing their products. Contact companies that overpackage and tell them you will be more likely to buy if they eliminate unnecessary packaging.

Use durable goods- Bring your own cloth bags to local stores. Replace plastic and paper cups with ceramic mugs, disposable razors with reusable ones. Refuse unneeded plastic utensils, napkins, and straws when you buy takeout foods. Use a cloth dishrag instead of paper towels at home, and reusable food containers instead of aluminum foil and plastic wrap.


Fast Facts

  • Each person throws away on average four pounds of garbage every day.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.
  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water, so please dispose of used oil properly!

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

Home Yard Waste Compost Guide
http://www.compostguide.com/

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Landscape Lighting
A Consumer Guide to Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting
http://www.sitelights.com/

Solar Light Store
http://www.solarlightstore.com/

Saving Natural Resources
Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

Organic Farming
Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

National Agricultural Library
www.nal.usda.gov

Local Government & the Environment
Project Vote Smart
www.votesmart.org

Audubon Today
Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

    

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