Earth Pledge – January – Temperatures & Plastic Bags
At Future Bright We Are Committed To Preserving Our Planet
Set Your Thermostat To 68
1 degree=3% of heating bill
$300 – 2,644 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide
Wash Laundry In Cold Water
1 load of laundry produces 5 pounds of CO2
$165 – 1,600 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide
Eliminate Plastic Bags
1 household uses 2000 bags/ year
100-500 years of decomposing
We Can Do This Beautifully!
This January we will begin to heal our planet. Our micro-choices will preserve what remains of our natural world for future generations. As consumers, it is our purchasing choices that have created an energy and manufacturing industry that has taken us to the brink. We must change those choices. It is not just possible, but it feels amazing when you have shifted your life towards sustainability because you can imagine all of the waste that is NOT going into the world because of you.
Each month of 2019 we will choose micro-choices that we can alter. In the US, we are truly responsible for most of the world’s pollution, either from our own activities, or with our throw-away culture which has caused highly polluting industries to emerge around the world to support our buying choices. We must change our ways, and allow emerging solutions to attract our spending dollars.
JANUARY WHY AND HOW
The Worst Of The Worst
Heating Your Home, Washing Your Clothes
You may have been under the impression that auto emissions are the worst offenders. They are not. Surprisingly, the worst are heating and cooling your home, and washing your clothes. It is the creation of electricity for our home energy use that is the worst contributor of greenhouse gasses. This is true around the world.
Reducing Your Home Energy Use – And saving $$ too!
This January we will do three simple things that combined, will result in tons of carbon NOT put into the air, and your investment in beautiful fabrics and clothing made to last. The result is a life filled with beauty.
Turn your thermostat down to 68 or 69, and 65 at night and during the day if you are not home. Use the $$ you save to buy locally produced hemp, cotton/wool blend sweaters and socks to stay warm indoors. This will also support your local economy, reduce transport emissions from transporting your clothing from the other side of the planet, and slowly you will replace the plastic clothing in your closet.
Wash Your Clothing In Cold Water
Did you know that washing clothes is the second highest cause of emissions for household energy? And did you also know that heating water to wash clothing uses 90% of the energy needed? The solution is so simple. Just wash in cold water. SO SIMPLE! And bonus, if you have turned down your thermostat, saved money, and used it to buy hemp, cotton and wool clothing, they love being washed in cold water. Do you see where this is going? The solution is to live beautifully, and we all want and deserve to live beautifully.
For Math Lovers:
About 3% of your energy bill is saved for every degree you turn down your thermostat. If your energy bill is $200 per month in winter, by going from 72 down to 69 you will save about $20. Multiply that by 6 months, and you will have saved $180.
Eliminating Plastic Bags From Your Life
Trash bags, shopping bags, zip-lock bags, produce bags, bread bags. Imagine for a few moments if you stopped using them all. Imagine if your town stopped using them. Then imagine if the world stopped using them. Is it possible? Yes, it is completely possible. There are simple ways to eliminate every single one of them. Here they are:
- Trash bags – you really do not need them. empty your loose trash right into the bin. Use compostable bags for wet trash or compost
- Shopping bags – put your purchases back into your cart without bags for transport to your car, or use fabric bags
- Zip-lock bags – use glass jars or containers. For kids lunches just wrap food in fabric napkins – they work fine
- Produce Bags – just put the produce in your cart without a bag, or bring fabric or fabric bags
- Bread Bags – buy or make fresh bread. Bread can have lots of bad stuff in it anyway like preservatives, food coloring, corn syrup, industrial chemicals, plus chemicals put on the wheat when it was in the field that all make you sick which costs thousands in health care cost not to mention misery and loss of life