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WEEK 55: EVALUATE YOUR TRASH

Have you ever stopped to think about how much trash you produce everyday? The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day. Americans alone will produce 30% of the world's trash- and the world will create 2.6 TRILLION pounds this year! 

Over half of all our trash ends up in landfills- which are quickly filling up and have become the second largest source of methane emissions in the US. Of all the trash that American's throw away, half could be recycled. Almost 1/3 of our trash is from packaging materials- most of which can be tossed into the recycling bin instead of the trash can. More than 40% of the food created in the United States ends up in the landfill- isn't that insane? Approximately 2/3 of our household waste can be composted! (which we will talk more about in a future post!) 

Why does this matter? Most trash isn't handled properly. There are millions of plastic fragments flooding the oceans and harming wildlife and ecosystems. Also, some trash is being burned which just adds to our ongoing air pollution and climate change problems. So this week, we are going to start evaluating our trash! If we all start thinking more and making smarter decisions, we can help prevent a lot of unnecessary waste. 

Check out @trashisfortossers for incredible inspiration! Lauren Singer lives in NYC and has minimized her trash to an impressive amount. Check out her website for tips and tricks. 

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WEEK 54: PICK AN ECO-FRIENDLY SPONGE

Did you know- those synthetic foamed polyurethane sponges we are using to clean the plates and silverware we eat with are all made with petroleum, bleach, sulfates and a whole bunch of chemicals? Cheap synthetic sponges are full of triclosan- a bacteria-killing chemical which the EPA has registered as a pesticide. Even after we throw away our old smelly sponges, the triclosan continues to release out, along with dioxins and formaldehyde, and it's negatively affecting our aquatic ecosystems and soils. 

There are some better sponge options out there for you to try that are much, MUCH better for the environment! 

Try looking for sponges that are 100% cellulose which means it is made from plant-based materials (which are renewable). Trader Joes have some fun Pop-Up Sponges, and even Scotch-Brite has a Greener Clean Natural Fiber Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge.Another eco-friendly option is to replace your sponge with quick drying dish rags that can be thrown in the washer if they need to be cleaned. Or look into Skoy Cloths which are 100% biodegradable, reusable absorbent cloths. 

Personally, I'm trying out some TWIST sponges which are plant based and dye and toxic chemical free, AND they don't use any plastic! Even the wrapper they come in is made from plants. They make cleaning the dishes so much more enjoyable with it's soft feel, but work just as well as those cheap synthetic sponges. And I got 6 of them off Amazon for $7.00! 

So #GoWilde and replace your kitchen sponge with a more eco-friendly option!

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WEEK 53: PLANT A TREE

GoWilde 53: Plant a Tree!

Want to make a big difference for the future of your neighborhood, home and environment? Plant a tree (or several)! It doesn't take much effort, doesn't have to be expensive, and adding trees to your surroundings has such incredible benefits! Check out these 7 amazing assets trees give us:

1. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

2. Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases and filter particles out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

3. Trees cool the city by shading our houses and streets, and with temperatures always on the rise, this is becoming a very important benefit. If they are planted properly and strategically, they can help reduce your utility bills.

4. Trees can provide food- both for humans and for wildlife and birds.

5. Trees can act as sound buffers in urban areas and provide privacy.

6. Trees provide a habitat for wildlife.

7. If nothing else, trees increase property value.

So #‎GoWilde this weekend and plant a tree! It's a fun activity that will result in a constant reminder that you are making a difference in this world.

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WEEK 52: TALK ABOUT CREATING CHANGE!

#‎GoWilde Week 52: Talk About Creating Change!

We did it! We made it a whole year introducing one small environmental change to our lives each week. It's been a fun challenge where I learned so much, was inspired by so many people and organizations, and reduced my carbon footprint enormously while raising awareness for endangered animals and their habitats.

For this last week of the challenge, I challenge myself as well as everyone else to keep talking about creating these changes! Talk about the tips and small changes we can make, give a gift of a bamboo toothbrush or bamboo utensils, bring your reusable bag to the store, show a friend an easy way to recycle- there is so much we can share! By talking to others about these lifestyle change, we can really start an impact towards a better earth. The lifestyle tips will say on the Wilde Animals Instagram, and will also be posted to the Wilde Animals website. The year long #GoWilde Challenge might be over, but the lifestyle tips won't be stopping! The #GoWilde Challenge has inspired me to keep changing and keep learning about ways to help the earth. I will continue to post about the tips I learn in 2016 as well! So THANK YOU for the support over this past year! All these small changes really do add up to a big difference!

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WEEK 51: DITCH THE DISPOSABLE: USE A SAFETY RAZOR

Did you know that 2 Billion (yes BILLION) disposable razors are purchased and then tossed into our landfills in the US every year! So much in plastic gets thrown away between the razors themselves and all the packaging. This weeks challenge is all about ditching those disposable razors and creating a more Eco-friendly shaving routine!

After some research, we learned the most eco-friendly shaving tool is a safety razor! Safety razors are strong metal razors with changeable blades. The blades are sharper and last longer than disposable razor blades, and you will save much more money long term investing in a nice safety razor as opposed to buying box after box of disposable razors. To make your shaving even better, purchase a lathering brush with some environmentally friendly shaving soap. Fill a cup with water, and use only this water to lather up the soap and rinse your razor. By using this technique, you will be saving money, saving water, using eco-friendly soap that is okay to go down the drain, and most importantly you will be eliminating plastic from your shaving routine!

So jump on this eco-friendly bandwagon, and start using a safety razor with environmentally friendly shaving soap! Both men and women will be impressed by the super close shave, and also how nice it feels to use a nice quality razor.

 

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