One of the best parts about autumn is the sweater weather. Instead of purchasing an entire new wardrobe, consider rewearing your old clothes or visiting a local thrift store.
Choosing to go thrift shopping reduces waste significantly, since fewer clothes will need to be produced. Less clothing means fewer textiles and fabrics will end up in enormous piles in a landfill. Fashion trends may come and go, often far too quickly for the planet.
If you do buy new clothes, keep in mind that the material of your clothing is important in making sure it lasts a long time. Silk, cotton, linen, wool, and cashmere (organic only) are more durable than materials like polyester, nylon, and spandex, which are synthetic and tend to release microfibers that pollute our waterways. Natural fibers are better for your skin and the environment.
Experience the beauty of the outdoors by going out for a walk and enjoying the falling leaves. There is nothing like having a picnic with family and throwing a frisbee around during fall festivities. You can also decorate your home with items found in nature or a local pumpkin patch.
Fall — the best hiking season! Larches glowing gold in the high country, maples and alder blazing orange and yellow, and crisp blue skies.
The very nature of hiking makes it a very ecological-friendly activity already. You use your own legs to propel yourself, no gas or harmful emissions. Hiking teaches us to live on less, make do with whatever we packed, appreciate water and natural resources.
Hiking trails are accessible for everyone who wants to explore them, but not all trails are created equal.
Some trails are suitable for people who want to take it slow and easy — whether they’re grandparents with kids, individuals who use wheelchairs, travelers just out for a stroll, or the visually impaired.
Click on the link below to find out more about Top Hiking Trails Near me :
Students for Environmental Action ( SEA) Club are pleased to invite you for a talk on “River Health”
Wednesday, October 12 in Monte Cristo 111 at 1:30
Doug Ewing, an environmental activist and hero, will be speaking about his efforts to clean up the Snohomish River near where he lives.
The main areas of concern with respect to local rivers center on reducing input of garbage, removing existing garbage, ending the use of lead in the sports of fishing and hunting, and making a true assessment of the impact to riparian health from motorized watercraft.
The autumn season often brings many changes like going back to school, drops in temperatures, and even different vegetable sprouting from the ground. But one of the biggest and most noticeable changes year after year is leaves turning colorful shades of red and orange, eventually making their way to the ground, scattered across your yard.
But instead of immediately throwing leaves away after you remove them from the yard, consider recycling them for different uses and projects. Here are a few ways we can recycle leaves. All of which save room in the trash can and keep our yard in its best shape.
Leaves make a great addition to homemade compost whether we’re composting with a bin or yard pile. Combined with kitchen scraps, grass clippings and other compostable materials, leaves decompose and create nutrient-rich compost for our garden.
As winter approaches, we can eliminate the expense and hassle of purchasing mulch by recycling leaves into our own DIY mulch. We can use freshly fallen leaves, dried leaves or a combination of both. Simply rake the leaves into a pile and redistribute them over garden plants or trees that need extra winter protection. The natural leaf mulch will decompose over time so there is no need to remove it after the winter season is over.
Most craft projects will not use the large amount of leaves accumulated throughout the fall. However, drying and preserving a few to use in craft projects is a great way to recycle leaves and provides free, natural material for our projects. To preserve leaves for use as art, clean and dry them before laying flat between two sheets of wax paper. Stack them in between two heavy blocks of wood until they dry or use a homemade botanical press.
You can make holiday yard decorations using large amounts of leaves and heavy-duty trash bags. Fill the bags with leaves and shape them into pumpkins, scarecrows, snowmen and other yard decorations. Paint the bags and place them throughout your yard. Make a string garland, display them in a bowl or just scatter them on the table for a pop of fall color.
Using colorful leaves is simply the easiest and most festive way to celebrate the turn in the weather, and what’s more, they are free!
Environmental problems are at the top of the list of the most relevant issues. In response to this issue, more and more people are getting started with a sustainable lifestyle and taking care of the ecology.
Can one student change the state of the environment? Well, every student who begins to change their lifestyle in order to protect the environment will be able to make real changes to the overall picture. Below are some simple tips to change not only the ecological situation, but also change the life for the better.
1. Reduce Plastic Use and Sort Your Trash
The first point to start is to try to reduce plastic consumption. Give preference to products that have eco-friendly packaging, avoid plastic tableware, and so on.
2. Get A Coffee Mug and Refillable Bottle
According to statistics, students drink coffee for various reasons, but it does tend to be a daily ritual. To reduce it, consider buying a reusable coffee mug for these purposes. The same goes for the water bottle. Grab a refillable water bottle and take a big step in the fight against plastic.
3. Buy a Bamboo Toothbrush
A bamboo toothbrush is a must-have for every eco-conscious person. Firstly, such toothbrushes are eco-friendly. Secondly, they are really pleasant to use and more effective than plastic toothbrushes.
4. Eat Healthy
Most of the food students choose involves various packaging and containers that take a long time to decompose. Therefore, switch to a healthy diet, choose fresh fruits and vegetables and prepare your own food, this can change the situation for the better.
5. Save Energy
Everyone talks about saving their time, but they sometimes forget about saving energy. Let’s say, for example, you left your laptop on charge for a whole day, even though it is already fully charged. During this time, your laptop continues to consume power. Therefore, make it a habit to turn off all devices and equipment. This can save between $100 and $200 per year. Turning off lights in room not in use can also help save energy.
Did you know, the average US person uses 700 pounds of paper per year? For this reason, it is worth paying attention to what you buy. Today there are notebooks created from recycled materials, which can do a lot to help save the forests. In addition, the cost of such notebooks are typically in the same range as ordinary ones. And such notebooks and notepads also have excellent designs for every taste.
Responsible consumption is a broad concept that has not only an environmental dimension but also an economic, social and health dimensions. In reality, the trendy side of responsible consumption is variable since it depends on the sensitivity of consumers. Some responsible consumers will focus on the ecological side of their consumption, trying to choose seasonal, organic and ecological products. Others will focus on the impact that their choices will have on the economy by choosing locally produced products. There are also the ones who’ll choose their products according to what’s best for their health. If a definition of responsible consumption was to be given, it would be a consumption that meets at least one or more of the following criteria:
Consumption of green products that have a low impact on the environment:
Products from certified sectors respecting the environment or biodiversity;
Commodities with a low carbon footprint;
Goods that preserve the quality of soil, water and air and generally prevent pollution, deforestation and the depletion of natural resources. Consumption of products according to their respect for social norms and their impact on societies:
Goods made in good working conditions, without forced child labor and that respect working hours and international conventions;
Products manufactured in compliance with ethical standards (especially corruption);
Goods made in cooperation with local communities, respecting their lifestyles and business profit (such as fair trade).
Consumption of “healthier” products, respecting health standards:
Products without phthalates, bisphenol, and other toxic and dangerous products;
Commodities without pesticides or other chemical inputs;
Goods manufactured in accordance with hygiene standards;
Food products with healthy nutritional composition.
Consumption of products with a positive economic impact:
Locally made products;
Productions that encourage the economic autonomy of their producers (as opposed to reliance on commercial or industrial systems such as supermarkets);
Goods that create more jobs as well as economic and social integration for workers;
Products that promote employees’ work-life quality.
The consumption of products manufactured under conditions respecting certain ethical or moral principles:
Respect for animal welfare;
Respect for fairness and individual freedoms;
Any other principle contributing to the development of the general interest.
What is the definition of responsible consumption? How can we be responsible consumers and make more consumption choices that are good for the planet and for society?
Responsible consumption is a way of consumption that takes into account the foundations of sustainable development. That is to say, this is a way of consuming that is beneficial considering 3 different cornerstones, by no specific order.
First, it benefits the economy, especially the local economy, as it allows goods and services to be traded, benefiting the agents involved in these trades. Secondly, it has a positive impact on society, as the products or services purchased are linked to a workforce that has fair wages and working conditions and they’re also positively good for the buyers (in matters such as health). Finally, a responsible consumer also acknowledges the impacts associated with products’ different stages (from its production, transportation, and disposal) and tries to buy the ones with a lower impact.
Sustainable Development defines sustainable consumption in three dimensions:
Buying better – buying greener products;
Consuming better – wasting less and having a more sustainable consumption;
Throwing away better – take into account recycling in particular.
By its turn, responsible consumption has a larger meaning. It implies the concept of consumer responsibility which can affect many areas from the ecological impact of consumption to its social, economic and health impact. To better distinguish both:
Sustainable consumption means to consume in a way that allows us to preserve our resources and the environment as much as possible.
Responsible consumption means instead to have a consumption which is more environmentally friendly but also considers the social and economic impacts of consumption.
Consumption and responsible food
In terms of food, a “responsible consumer” will probably be a consumer who tries to avoid as much as possible food waste. This consumer is likely to favor a more ecological consumption of its food (by choosing less polluting foods), which favors products that are good for the planet, but also the short circuits.
Responsible consumption: how to shop?
Practicing responsible consumption also means knowing better the products being bought and their environmental, social or economic impact. The problem is that sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a product from a responsible brand or not! But there are more and more tools to be better guided in this daily responsible consumption journey.
We should also keep in mind that many of our daily purchases have an impact on the environment or the economy and act accordingly.
Here is the link to a short film about how the US got to be such a consumer based economy:
What is sustainable food ? And why does it matter?
First, sustainability is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as, “the ability to maintain or improve standards of living without damaging or depleting natural resources for present and future generations.” You can take this definition and apply it to your understanding of sustainable food: Think about sustainable food as the growth, production, distribution and consumption of food products that keep the environment in mind. It’s important to remember that sustainability encompasses every aspect of the food system, not just buying organic produce or shopping at your farmers’ market.
Why is food sustainability important?
The Food and Agriculture Organization (or FAO, for short) reports that typical food production practices can contribute to air pollution, create non-potable water and cause land erosion, among so many other consequences contributing to our global climate crisis. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the sustainable management of agriculture is key to maintaining and revitalizing our environment. Not only is it important to focus on sustainable modes of food production, like regenerative agriculture, to benefit the land that’s being grown on, but if managed correctly, sustainable agriculture also benefits broader areas of land, as well as animals who live on the land and farm workers who manage the land. Long story short, adjusting your food shopping and dining habits to include sustainable food can help curb climate change.
How to incorporate sustainable food into your diet:
Purchase from local farmers who are implementing sustainable agriculture practices. If you have access, utilizing local farmers’ markets or CSAs and purchasing organic produce directly from the source not only ensures you have great food to cook with, but it also provides financial support to the farmers that are taking the steps to benefit the environment. To Find a local Farmers Markets click here : https://wafarmersmarkets.org/washingtonfarmersmarketdirectory/
And Finally, be conscious of the food you’re throwing away. According to the USDA, more than 130 billion pounds of food go to waste in the US annually, contributing to 8% of global emissions. The good news is that there are really easy ways to reduce your family’s food waste, like shopping in your fridge and pantry to create delicious pantry recipes out of the ingredients you already have on hand. It’s also a lot simpler to start composting at home — or turning your food scraps into organic material for your garden — than you may think.
Consider these steps to cut your home’s energy consumption, keep utility bills low, and lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Energy-efficient home upgrades are not only environmentally responsible, but they can also save you a lot of money over time. Even small updates, such as swapping old lightbulbs for LED versions, can make a huge difference. And while large-scale changes like replacing windows or adding insulation help reduce energy consumption in the long run, a lot of energy-saving updates can be accomplished in a day or less. Another reason to consider? Many of the energy-efficient renovations you can make to your home qualify for tax credits. Below, see some of the top home improvements for reducing energy consumption and saving on your utility bills.
Turn off the lights when you leave a room. If that’s difficult for you or your kids to remember, buy lights with occupancy sensors that automatically turn off when there hasn’t been any movement for a period of time. Consider dimmer switches that let you reduce lighting when you don’t need it and have occupancy sensors. Dimmers can easily replace a regular switch and keep a low profile.
Leaving gadgets and charger cords plugged in when not in use can account for as much as 10% of a home’s energy use. Simply unplugging what’s not being used can make a big difference on your energy bills. Instead, plug devices into a power strip that you can switch off when not in use. Remember to unplug what you can when you leave your home as well.
Do your laundry in cold water. Many of today’s detergents and fabric softeners are much more efficient and don’t necessarily need hot water. Using cold water means you won’t have to waste energy to start up the water heater.
In the summer months, line-dry your laundry instead of using a dryer. Reducing your use of a dryer can save up to $100 a year in operating costs. Plus, line-drying is easier on your clothes, so you save what you would otherwise spend on wear and tear.
Lower the temperature on your water heater. Most water heaters are set much too high at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Save energy by turning your water heater down to 120-110 degrees. Don’t worry, the water will still be comfortable.
Replace incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) versions. According to Energy.gov, LED lightbulbs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. While more expensive than traditional bulbs upfront, LED lightbulbs save money over time thanks to their long lifespan.
Simple things, such as making wise decisions when choosing home appliances, understanding your daily energy consumption, and developing some simple energy-saving habits are just some of the ways to save energy in our home.
Upcoming Sustainability events:
2022 Bike Everywhere Day: May 20
May is National Bike Month, and it’s a great time to add bicycling to your daily commute or leisure activities. During the month of May, you can log your trips on Rideshare Online or LoveToRide.net for the chance to win prizes. Join the Snohomish County group to see how your riding stacks up.
Everett Transit will host a Celebration Station at Everett Station that will include:
Information about new bike paths and trails that connect you to Everett and beyond
Bike locker information and much more!
Bike Everywhere Month
Every May, Everett Transit celebrates Bike Everywhere Month. Bike Everywhere Month is hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club across the entire region, and filled with commuting challenges for individuals and teams, events such as Bike to School Day and Bike Bashes, and the annual “Bike Everywhere Day” (formerly “Bike to Work Day”) held on the third Friday of May.